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Maurice: 30th Anniversary Restoration (at BFI from 27 July)


BFI| From 27 July on

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Oscar®-nominated for its costume design, this Merchant Ivory adaption of EM Forster's novel, directed by James Ivory himself, is a landmark film in the history of gay cinema. Edwardian society was still reeling from the Oscar Wilde trial, and EM Forster was acutely aware of the social pressures and sanctions surrounding same-sex relationships. Unfolding in Cambridge, London and the English countryside, the story follows repressed and bourgeois Maurice Hall (James Wilby), who’s surprised by his own passions, first for a fellow student (Hugh Grant), and later for a lowly gamekeeper (Rupert Graves).