Harold Pinter was a British actor, director, playwright, and screenwriter. He is best remembered for winning the ‘Nobel Prize’ in Literature in 2005. In a career spanning over 50 years, he wrote more than 130 screenplays. He started his career as a playwright in the play titled ‘The Room’ (1957). Some of his popular plays were adapted into successful films, including ‘The Birthday Party’ (1957), ‘The Servant (1963), The Go-Between (1971), ‘Betrayal (1978), ‘The Trial (1993), and Sleuth (2007). As an actor, he made his screen debut in the TV series ‘BBC Sunday-Night Theatre’ (1954). He played brief roles in films such as, ‘Accident’ (1967), ‘The Rise and Rise of Michael Simmer’ (1970), ‘Turtle Diary’ (1985), and ‘Mansfield Park’ (1999). His least successful film is ‘Mojo,’ which came out in 1997. He appeared on several TV series, such as ‘Armchair Theatre’ (1960) and ‘Theatre 625’ (1967).
Based on the play of the same name by Harold Pinter, this British drama film tells the story of a naive and lonely man named Aston, who allows a homeless old man to live with him, out of sympathy for the latter. However, Aston’s brother Mick starts tormenting the old man.
Ben Butley is a professor of literature at the University of London. On a disastrous day, the alcoholic and cynical professor’s life comes crumbling down around him as his estranged wife Anne decides to divorce him while his long time affair with Joey gets over. Moreover, his career also takes a downward plunge. Will his brilliant wit see him through the crisis?
Teddy, a professor of philosophy living in California, returns after nine years to his family in North London and introduces his wife Ruth to his father, uncle and two brothers. Though Teddy, now used to a different lifestyle, is not very comfortable with his family; surprisingly, enigmatic Ruth doesn’t have any trouble getting along with the all-men family and their psychological games.
The satirical film follows Michael Rimmer who joins an insignificant British ad agency where he manipulates his way to a place of authority and taking the company to the top position, he becomes a polling specialist. He enters politics to become MP, and acquires wealth and attractive wife. Ruthlessly, he climbs the ladder of success to procure total power of the country.
As her parents do not have enough money to support all their children, Fanny is sent to live with her wealthy uncle and aunt at a young age. She soon develops feelings for her uncle’s son, Edmund, and after a few years, though her uncle tries to match her with a neighbor, she refuses.
An aging writer comes to know that his wife is having an affair. Therefore, he comes up with a cunning plan to teach her lover a lesson.
The Tailor of Panama is a comedy drama thriller film which tells the story of a tailor living in Panama, who is hired by the British intelligence for espionage activities.
Harold Pinter Awards
|The Go-Between||Best Screenplay||1972|
|The Pumpkin Eater||Best British Screenplay||1965|