Doctor Who fans will be intrigued by a new gem unearthed by the BFI National Archive – a 1974 film called The Author of Beltraffio starring former Time Lord Tom Baker.
The actor, who occupied the Tardis between 1974 and 1981, appeared in the little-known film alongside actress Georgina Hale. But his British fans have never been able to watch it since it last aired in the UK in 1976.
In the film, Baker plays the celebrated author of the title who is visited by an American who admires him but finds Hale’s exquisite wife rather hostile. Family secrets are soon unearthed centring on the author’s sickly child Dolcino in a faithful adaptation of James’s 1884 story.
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The film was directed by the late Tony Scott whose brother Sir Ridley has filmed a 10-minute introduction to the lost gem which festival-goers will also get to see exclusively.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years writing for Stage newspaper, Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times, The Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.