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Duffer (1971)

Shot in South West London in 1971, Duffer is an intense and bizarre study of obsession that is by turns beautiful and disturbing.

It tells the story of a teenage boy (Duffer) who is caught between the womanly charms and tender love and care of a kindly prostitute called Your Gracie and the increasingly brutal sadistic attentions of an older man named Louis-Jack.


Duffer finds himself in a most extraordinary position when it appears that he has become pregnant.

Both whimsical and disturbing, with a quirky sense of the grotesque, Duffer is a film that defies easy comparison – perhaps Eraserhead (1977) comes close.

The director and writer were two ex-pat Canadians in London, and the score is by Galt MacDermot, the Grammy award-winning composer of Hair. The trio would reunite to make their London-set musical, The Moon Over the Alley.

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Kit Gleave
Your Gracie
Erna May
William Dumaresq

Joseph Despins