The Draughtsman’s Contract

Dir: Peter Greenaway
Cast: Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Anne-Louise Lambert
108mins   1982   UK   15   English   

Part of our Peter Greenaway Mini Season

In rural Wiltshire at the end of the 17th century, Mrs Herbert hires artist Mr Neville to produce a series of drawings of her country house as a gift for her inattentive husband, to be carried out while he is away on business.

Their contract requires Mrs Herbert’s sexual compliance to the draughtsman, an arrangement that she begins to question as his sexual advances become increasingly aggressive.

With Michael Nyman’s Purcell-inspired score permeating throughout and visuals influenced by Caravaggio, Vermeer and Rembrandt, The Draughtsman’s Contract is a work of cinematic art unlike anything seen before, now beautifully remastered by the BFI National Archive.


Sun 12 February