West 11 new restoration on Blu-ray & DVD
New restoration of the 1963 film “West 11” with Alfred Lynch.
The crime drama set in Notting Hill, which has the postcode W11 (West 11), is based on the novel “The Furnished Room” by Laura Del-Rivo, and was adapted for the screen by Willis Hall and Keith Waterhouse, the writer of the novel “Billy Liar” (adapted into a film starring Julie Christie, Rodney Bewes, & Leonard Rossiter).
The Notting Hill of the 60s was a very different world to when Julia Roberts & Hugh Grant swished around bookshops and multi-million-pound townhouses. Back then, it was down-at-heel rooms and bedsits, with coffee bars & jazz clubs.
Starring Alfred Lynch, who had previously co-starred alongside Sean Connery in “On the Fiddle”, and Diana Dors, the British blonde bombshell renowned for the British film noir “Yield to the Night“, “West 11” also features Katherine Breck & Eric Portman.
“West 11” opened at London’s Warner Cinema on 10th October 1963.
Michael Winner’s foray into British Social realism sees an authentic portrayal of the grittier, darker side of West London in the 60s.
Alfred Lynch’s character Joe Beckett is a young unemployed drifter who is persuaded by Richard Dyce, portrayed by Eric Portman, to kill Dyce’s wealthy aunt for her money. Beckett encounters a change of heart once he heads to the South Coast but events soon spiral out of his control.
“West 11” is Michael Winner’s first significant film as a director, having previously worked as an assistant director on television programmes and pop films, including “Play it Cool” with Billy Fury, Dennis Price, & Helen Shapiro, and “Climb Up the Wall” with Russ Conway.
The restoration includes exclusive extras of an interview with journalist and film historian Matthew Sweet, plus the original theatrical trailer.
Pre-order the Blu-ray or DVD, due for release on the 5th of July 2021, via Amazon.
After a brief appearance in the film “Look Back in Anger” with Richard Burton, Lynch starred in the 1961 army comedy-drama “On the Fiddle” (released as “Operation Snafu” in America) with Sean Connery, Cecil Parker, Liz Fraser, Irene Handl, Barbara Windsor, Stanley Holloway, and Eric Barker.
Moving to Brighton in 1972 after his partner suffered a stroke, later years saw Lynch appear in “Doctor Who” (as Commander Millington in “The Curse of Fenric”), and “The Krays”, as well as various guest spots on TV serials like “Lovejoy”, “Bergerac”, and “Pie in the Sky”.
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