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Deep Blue Sea, The  

Film tie-in

Deep Blue Sea, The $20.86 ex GST
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Hester Collyer, the wife of a judge, embarks on a disastrous affair with a drunken former World War II pilot. Abandoned by him, emotionally stranded and physically isolated, she attempts suicide to win him back and perhaps also to send a message to her former husband. Her gesture serves only to estrange her more from the men in her life and reality itself.

The Deep Blue Sea was sparked off by the suicide of a young actor, Kenneth Morgan, with whom Rattigan had himself been much in love. Though contained within a perfectly crafted well-made play, Rattigan’s finely observed portrait of Hester gives his greatest work almost classical depth and emotional resonance. Terence Davies’ film of this masterpiece of 20th-century drama is a highlight of the 2011 celebrations of the centenary of Rattigan’s birth.

Cast : 5M, 3F

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-234-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Terence Rattigan (1911-1977) hit the Jackpot at the age of 25 with French Without Tears and followed this success with, among others, The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea, Flare Path, Separate Tables and The Winslow Boy. Most of Rattigan’s plays are currently published in handsome uniform editions by Nick Hern Books.

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