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Sunday Bloody Sunday (Blu-ray) BFI


Peter Finch and Glenda Jackson star in John Schlesinger’s piercing and brilliantly observed suburban drama.

A recent divorcée (Jackson) and middle-aged Jewish doctor (Finch) find themselves embroiled in a progressive love triangle with a bisexual artist (Murray Head). Both discover a new freedom with their young lover, as they confront the conventions and obstacles that have defined their lives.

An exploration of middle-class life and permissiveness in 1970s London, its depiction of bisexuality changed the landscape of LGBTQ+ representation on screen. Featuring outstanding, BAFTA-winning performances by Finch and Jackson, Sunday Bloody Sunday is a tender and complex view on the politics of love, lust and longing.

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Special Features

The Starfish (1950, 45 mins): supernatural fantasy made by John Schlesinger and Alan Cooke as students
Sunday in the Park (1956, 15 mins): Schlesinger’s short captures Londoners enjoying their day of rest
Murray Head Remembers Sunday Bloody Sunday (2020): the musician and actor discusses his leading role
Billy Williams Remembers Sunday Bloody Sunday (2020): the award-winning cinematographer on working with Schlesinger
The Pacemakers: Glenda Jackson (1971, 14 mins): the actress talks about her performances, filmed on the set of Sunday Bloody Sunday
Blood Donor: Glenda and Ernie (1981, 3 mins): a reluctant Glenda Jackson and a crafty Ernie Wise make a public-service appeal
Interview with John Schlesinger (1977, audio, 105 mins): the director looks back over an illustrious career
Feature commentary by Amy Simmons (2020): the author and critic on the film and its radical take on 1970s sexuality
Image galleries: rare on-set shots by renowned photographer Michael Childers, plus promotional and press stills