Negatives (1968) complete; Glenda Jackson, Diane Cilento — My favourite films, with pics and clips.
The almost forgotten British drama Negatives (1968) was the first feature film directed by Peter Medak, whose name was later made by the likes of The Ruling Class (1972) and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972). It’s one of those intense and wordy pieces, scripted by Peter Everett from his own novel, which have a respectable amount of visual flair as well.

Theo (Peter McEnery) and Vivien (Glenda Jackson) are a bickering and dislikable couple who spend their evenings in bizarre role-playing games. He takes on the persona of notorious cellar murderer Dr. Crippen, while she alternates between playing his doomed wife Cora and his mistress Ethel Neave. A morbid state of affairs which is bound to end badly, the catalyst being the arrival of glamorous photographer Reingard (Diane Cilento).

Eccentricity turns to outright insanity when Reingard suggests Theo finds himself a new hero – WW1 fighter ace Baron von Richtofen! The antics which follow suggest an influence on the later black comedy Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly (1970).