Dirk Bogarde Awards
Born on March 28th, 1921
From Hampstead, London, England
This movie is based on the true story of American actress Patricia Neal (Glenda Jackson), who suffers a series of strokes while pregnant. Under the guidance of her husband, renowned English author Roald Dahl (Dirk Bogarde), Neal begins to heal, but it seems unlikely that she will fully regain her ability to speak and walk. Remarkably, Neal makes significant progress, in part due to Dahl's prodding, and she also manages to keep her unborn daughter healthy.
Refusing to take medicine owing to her fundamentalist beliefs, Mother Hook (Annette Carell) dies, leaving her seven orphaned children to fend for themselves. Not wanting to be put in foster homes, the siblings bury their mother in the garden and successfully keep her death a secret. When their long-lost father (Dirk Bogarde) returns, it's initially a happy reunion, as he helps perpetuate the fraud. But soon he shows his true colors -- drinking, carousing and scheming to sell the house.
Beautiful but easily bored Diana Scott (Julie Christie) becomes a popular model and actress in London in the 1960s while toying with the affections of two older men, married television newsman Robert Gold (Dirk Bogarde) and public relations mastermind Miles Brand (Laurence Harvey). Although Diana is the toast of swinging London, the dark side of fame and fortune begins to take its toll, but it proves harder to escape the mod scene than she expects.
Tony (James Fox), a British aristocrat, hires the mysterious Hugo Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) as his household servant. The new employee soon begins to cause unrest in the household, and Tony is forced to send him away. But Barrett's influence extends further than Tony realizes, and he finds himself entangled in an intense psychological war with his former valet. Servant and master square off in a battle that redefines each man's understanding of fear, desire and class.