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A Private Function (Malcolm Mowbray, UK, 1984)

A comedy of immense if often scatological charm... not since the golden age of the Ealing Studios has there been a stylish English comedy of such high-hearted, self-interested knavery.
— New York Times

Our contribution to this year's LOCO London Comedy Film Festival's LOCO Local strand.

Alan Bennett's vicious, deliciously tasteless satire is set in 1947 Yorkshire, when postwar privations could encourage the most respectable citizens to dabble in black market doings. When Gilbert Chivers (Michael Palin), a meek podiatrist, and his social-climbing wife Joyce (Maggie Smith) learn that town bigwigs have bribed a farmer to fatten up an unlicensed pig, Joyce persuades Gilbert to kidnap the animal, and mayhem ensues.

The LOCO London Comedy Film Festival is supported by the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from the National Lottery.