FILM FESTIVAL – The Ipcress File

Year: 1965

Origin: GB
Director: Sidney J Furie

Duration: 106 minutes
Certification: PG

Awards: Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards

Rotten Tomatoes %: 86

Starring: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Dolman

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In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists…

Season launch and pre-Festival welcome by Director David Campbell


Talk by Professor Alex Seago


Remember those portraits of Michael Caine as Harry Palmer, un-suave in yellow hair, white face, red tie and black glasses frames? Our pre-festival and new season opener will feature a talk, The Ipcress File, Pop Art and London’s cultural scene in the 1950s and early 1960s, by Professor Alex Seago of the Faculty of Media at Richmond, the American university in London.

Novelist Len Deighton’s spy was regarded as the anti-Bond for his unglamorous portrayal of spycraft in the 1960s. Set designer Ken Adam and composer John Barry both also worked on the Bond films and a Bond producer, Harry Saltzman, was also involved. The Ipcress File, made in 1965, received the Best British Film BAFTA and in 1999 was placed 59th in the list of best 100 British films of the 20th century.

Its Techniscope format allowed cinematographer Otto Heller to construct images in deep focus, shooting behind objects and allowing both the objects in the foreground and the action taking place in the background to be in focus.