In cinemas from 27 July

Watch the trailer for Maurice (1987)

The repressed and bourgeois Maurice Hall (James Wilby) tackles the prejudices of Edwardian society as he comes to terms with his sexuality, in this landmark drama from the team behind A Room with a View and Howards End.

From the halls of Cambridge University to the cricket fields of the English gentry, this profound tale of emotional and sexual awakening features star-making performances from Wilby, Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves, and perfectly captures the fears and joys of submitting to a forbidden desire.

Described by The Guardian as ‘undervalued and underseen’ and a pre-cursor to the James Ivory-scripted Call Me By Your Name, Maurice is a landmark film as important as any in the history of gay cinema and one that presents a positive and enriching portrait of first love.

Director’s Statement

Our film Maurice remains today what it was when first released in 1987: the only openly mainstream male romance with a happy ending (except for maybe the recent God’s Own Country). This is why it has endured and is so loved by a generation yet to achieve all the goals of inclusion that have occurred since in most advanced countries — such as same sex marriage.

Many of the film’s admirers have waited for this reappearance of the film, which vanished from theatres in Britain a long time ago. I’m as thankful to the BFI for bringing it back as its fans are — maybe more, because I can now see it myself as it was meant to be seen, on a big screen, in a perfect restoration. — James Ivory (June 2018)



From 3 August
Watershed Bristol

From 4 August
Hackney Picturehouse

7 August
Abbeygate Cinema
Ilkley Cinema

From 8 August
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

From 10 August
Eden Court
Ambassadors Woking
The Corn Exchange Newbury

12 August
Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton

From 13 August
Phoenix Leicester

18 August
Hebden Bridge Picturehouse

19 August
Firstsite Colchester

Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds

20 August
Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen

21 August
Chichester Film Festival

25 August
The Lighthouse, Poole

28 August
The Dukes Cinema, Lancaster


2 September
Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford

9 September
The Venue, Lincoln

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Saffron Screen

11 September
Arts Centre, Haverhill

From 12 September
Hertford Theatre

20 September
Ipswich Film Theatre

23 September
MAC Birmingham
Dundee Contemporary Arts


31 October
KinoKulture, Owestry Film Society

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