A Private Function
1984 / UK / 94 mins / Dir: Malcolm Mowbray
Cast includes: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Liz Fraser, Richard Griffiths, Alison Steadman & Liz Smith
plus Q&A with writer Alan Bennett
director Malcolm Mowbray, Michael Palin,
Jim Carter and Bill Paterson
A British couple’s attempts to circumvent food-rationing regulations trigger a chaotic series of events in this satirical comedy.
It’s 1947 in a small town in England. The war has been won, but meat is still rationed. When Princess Elizabeth announces her wedding, a group of the town’s elite plan to impress the local government by throwing a big party, and slaughtering an illegally raised pig for the event.
But things go awry when the ambitious Joyce Chilvers (Maggie Smith) convinces her mild-mannered husband (Michael Palin) to steal the pig.