On this episode we discuss two versions of Terence Ratigan’s 1952 play, The Deep Blue Sea. Terence Davies’ 2011 film version is a moving portrayal of memory and Carrie Cracknell’s National Theatre Live production from 2016 features strong characterization. We discuss adaptation choices, acting brilliance, how the two directors adapt the play to fit their interests, and more.
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The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies, 2011)
Terence Davies adapted Terence Ratigan’s 1952 play about the end of an affair between Hester (Rachel Weisz) and younger RAF pilot, Freddie (Tom Hiddleston). Simon Russell Beale also stars as Hester’s husband William. Davies brings his own interests in post-war memory and culture to create a distinctive take on the text.
The Davies film is streaming on Hoopla and Tubi in Canada and the US, Amazon Prime and Kanopy in the US, and on DVD and VOD
The Deep Blue Sea (Carrie Cracknell, National Theatre Live, 2016)
Britain’s National Theatre staged The Deep Blue Sea in 2016, starring Helen McCrory as Hester, Tom Burke as Freddie, Peter Sullivan as William, and Marion Bailey.
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