GB 1969 2hrs 11mins Dir: Ken Russell Starring: Glenda Jackson and Jennie Linden
The sexual encounters of two sisters during the 1920s
This brilliant romantic drama is a famous adaptation of the 1920 D. H. Lawrence novel of the same name. It was applauded as a good rendering of Lawrence’s once controversial novel about love, sex and the upper class in England and it is just as complex. The film, which is memorable for many reasons, features some dramatic scenes with coal trains hauled by industrial Saddle Tanks. The exact location of these scenes is not known but the colliery pithead in the film was ‘A’ Pit of Bedlington Colliery, Northumberland, which closed in 1971. There are also some wonderful early period scenes filmed on restored trams at the National Tramway Museum, Crich, with a beautiful brass band rendition of I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles as a background accompaniment.