Herostratus (film)

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Herostratus Pressbook.jpg
Directed by Don Levy
Produced by Don Levy
James Quinn
Written by Don Levy
Starring Michael Gothard
Gabriella Licudi
Antony Paul
Peter Stephens
Helen Mirren
Music by Halim El-Dabh
John Mayer
Cinematography Keith Allams
Distributed by BBC
Release dates
1967 (UK)
Running time
142 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Herostratus is a 1967 film made in London by the Australian director Don Levy, about a young man who wants to commit suicide in public by jumping off a tall building. The title comes from the name of the Ancient Greek man Herostratus, who sought to immortalize his name by setting fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. Both the director and the lead actor would later commit suicide.[1]

The film stars Mona Chin (Sandy), Michael Gothard (Max), Gabriella Licudi (Clio), Antony Paul (Pointer), and Peter Stephens (Farson); other parts are played by Hilda Marvin, Brigitte St. John, Malcolm Muggeridge, Vivienne Myles and (a then-unknown) Helen Mirren in her first film role. It was co-produced by James Quinn, the British Film Institute and the BBC.

The film features music by Halim El-Dabh.

DVD and Blu-ray Disc release[edit]

The BFI has released the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc through its Flipside strand.[2]


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