The Draughtsman’s Contract

Directed by Peter Greenaway

In England, 1694, draughtsman Mr Neville (Anthony Higgins) is commissioned to make 12 drawings of a country estate by Mrs Herbert (Janet Suzman), the wife of its absent owner. In return he demands sexual as well as financial compensation. But as the project develops, incongruous objects begin to populate the vistas he is drawing, and the stratagem behind his employer’s acceptance of his terms comes to light.

Experimental filmmaker Peter Greenaway became a director of international status with this witty, stylised and erotic country house murder mystery. Extravagant costumes, a twisting plot, elegantly barbed dialogue and a mesmerising score by Michael Nyman make the film a treat for ear, eye and mind.

Newly remastered in 4K by the BFI National Archive.

Languages:
English

Duration:
104 minutes

Country of origin:
Great Britain

Year of production:
1982