When a young poet (Michael Gothard) hires a marketing company to turn his suicide into a mass-media spectacle, he finds that his subversive intentions are quickly diluted into a reactionary gesture, and his motivations are revealed to be a desperate attempt to attain celebrity status.
The very first feature funded by the British Film Institute turned out to be an audacious London art film which, although little-seen, left its mark on late 1960s British cinema, echoes of its style evident in the work of such directors as Stanley Kubrick and Nicolas Roeg.
The film also features the first screen role of Helen Mirren (pictured above right).
In a grave echo of the film, both director and star would take their own lives decades after working together: Levy in 1987, Gothard in 1992.
Brigitte St. John