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Classic drama Separate Tables on dual format in August

23 July 2018

The classic MGM drama from 1958, Separate Tables, which was based on a Terence Rattigan play and co-scripted by Rattigan himself, is a star-studded character study of a group of eccentric residents of a Bournemouth boarding house who all share a common trait – loneliness.

Major Pollack (David Niven) hides a dark secret behind a polished military career; Sibyl Railton-Bell (Deborah Kerr) is a shy neurotic who lacks the courage to break away from her domineering mother; John Malcolm (Burt Lancaster) is a disenchanted writer who hides his bitterness in a pool of alcohol; and Ann Shankland (Rita Hayworth) is an ageing model whose narcissism masks her deep fear of growing old alone. In one emotional evening, these four unhappy misfits will bare their innermost secrets and change each other’s lives forever.

Considered daring in its day due to its frank discussions of sexual topics, Separate Tables was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won Best Actor (David Niven) and Best Supporting Actress (Wendy Hiller). 

Seperate Tables dual format cover

Seperate Tables will be released in the UK as a dual format edition (Blu-ray and DVD) by the BFI on 20 August 2018 at the RRP of £19.99.

Special features:

  • Audio commentary by director Delbert Mann
  • Burt Lancaster Guardian Interview (1972, 96 mins, audio only)
  • Theatrical trailer (1958)
  • Stills gallery
  • Illustrated booklet featuring new writing by Katy McGahan and Philip Kemp, along with full film credits