Reclaim the Frame presents / Dance with a Stranger

Directed by Mike Newell

Reclaim The Frame have curated a season as part of the BFI FAN Film Feels: Obsession season, on the theme of Women and Obsession, focusing on the theme through a female lens.

This event reframes the classic British Noir Dance with A Stranger, written by Shelagh Delaney (A Taste of Honey) and starring Miranda Richardson.

Dance with a Stranger is based on the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain following her conviction for the murder of her lover, David Blakeley. Ellis’s murder trial in the 1950s became a national obsession which later informed the debates leading to the abolishment of the death penalty in 1965. Dance With A Stranger explores what it means to commit a ‘crime of passion’ and how class and gender can inform the criminal justice system.

This screening is part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.  Explore all films and events at 

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102 minutes

Country of origin:
Great Britain

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