Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Saffron Burrows and Peter Mullan deliver riveting performances in this tale of desire, passion and betrayal that pits upper-class against lower-class in a superbly staged battle between the sexes. With a script based on August Strindberg's famous play and written for the screen by Helen Cooper, Oscar nominated director Mike Figgis presents a taut and intimate story, holding you with the intensity of his vision and his mastery of nuance from beginning to end.
Miss Julie (1888), written in a fortnight, was regarded by Strindberg as his masterpiece, 'the first naturalistic tragedy of the Swedish drama'. Shocking in subject-matter, revolutionary in technique, it was fiercely attacked on publication for immorality. On Midsummer Eve, Miss Julie, the daughter of a count, sleeps with her father's valet, Jean., The subsequent conflict between sexual passion and social position, which leads to her suicide, is presented with startling modernity.
This play transposes August Strindberg's 1888 play about about sex and class to 1945 and an English country house on the eve of Labour's landslide election victory.