Maurice

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)

Venues

July

24 July — Picturehouse Discover Tuesdays previews
Duke of Yorks, Brighton
Dukes at Komedia, Brighton
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
Picturehouse Central
Clapham Picturehouse, London
Crouch End Picturehouse, London
East Dulwich Picturehouse, London
Cameo, Edinburgh
Picturehouse, Exeter
Greenwich Picturehouse, London
Hackney Picturehouse, London
Little Theatre, Bath
Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool
National Media Museum, Bradford
Cinema City, Norwich
Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford
Regal Picturehouse, Henley
Ritzy Brixton, London
Harbour Lights, Southampton
Stratford East Picturehouse, London
Picturehouse, Stratford-upon-Avon
City Screen, York

From 26 July
Watershed Bristol (Cinema Rediscovered Preview

From 27 July
BFI Southbank
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse Picturehouse Central East Dulwich Picturehous Hackney Picturehouse Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool Norwich Cinema City Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford Regal Henley HOME Manchester Broadway, Nottingham
Tyneside, Newcastle IFI Dublin

August

From 3 August
Watershed Bristol

7 August
Abbeygate Cinema
Ilkley Cinema

From 8 August
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

From 10 August
Eden Court
Ambassadors Woking
The Corn Exchange Newbury
Peckhamplex

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

25 August
The Lighthouse, Poole

28 August
The Dukes Cinema, Lancaster

September

9 September
The Venue, Lincoln

11 September
Arts Centre, Haverhill

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