The Draughtsman's Contract

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Although set in an English country house in 1694, this is essentially science fiction of the most dazzling kind, being a far more vivid exploration of an alien world than 99 per cent of big budget Hollywood films. The story about a painter who undertakes to draw an estate is as intriguing as the culture it displays. Greenaway's 17th century is a place of ribald honesty as well as unfathomable mystery, and it revels in the spoken word. Of course this is non-genre, low-budget cinema, and some people will be irritated by its singlemindedness; but for others it's proof that wit can sometimes carry a film to places special effects just don't reach.


Release details

108 mins

Cast and crew

Peter Greenaway
Peter Greenaway
Anthony Higgins
David Gant
Neil Cunningham
Janet Suzman
Anne Louise Lambert
Hugh Fraser
Dave Hill
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