Britannia Hospital


Time Out says

It's not merely the rather obvious and all-embracing metaphor of a chaotic and run-down hospital standing in for Britain that is the problem with Anderson's vitriolic attempt at a comedy on the state of the nation; what is perhaps more annoying, finally, is his general tone, that of a cynical old sourpuss with an enormous chip on his shoulder and little - if any - sympathy for anybody. As the caricatures of authoritarians, strikers, media hacks and so on go through the nightmarish events surrounding a royal visit to the hospital on its 500th anniversary, one can't help feeling that so much contempt on the director's part only hides a lack of commitment and focus; the result is less neo-Swiftian satire than a 'Carry On Down the Drain, Britain' with pretensions to deep significance.


Release details

116 mins

Cast and crew

Lindsay Anderson
David Sherwin
Leonard Rossiter
Graham Crowden
Joan Plowright
Jill Bennett
Marsha Hunt
Malcolm McDowell
Fulton Mackay