Herostratus (film)

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Herostratus Pressbook.jpg
Directed byDon Levy
Produced byDon Levy
James Quinn
Written byDon Levy
StarringMichael Gothard
Gabriella Licudi
Antony Paul
Peter Stephens
Helen Mirren
Music byHalim El-Dabh
John Mayer
CinematographyKeith Allams
Distributed byBBC
Release date
  • 1967 (1967) (UK)
Running time
142 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Herostratus is a 1967 British film directed by Australian director Don Levy.


When Max, a young poet, hires a marketing company to turn his suicide-by-jumping into a mass-media spectacle, he finds that his subversive intentions are quickly diluted into a reactionary gesture, and his motivations are revealed as a desperate attempt to seek attention through celebrity.[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 credited film role.


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.[2]

The film features music by Halim El-Dabh.

It was co-produced by James Quinn, the British Film Institute and the BBC.


First presented in January 1968 by Henri Langlois at the Cinémathèque Française in the Palais de Chaillot, the film was released in Paris in 1968 at Studio Saint-Séverin cinema.

Home video[edit]

The BFI has released the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc through its Flipside strand.[3]


  1. ^ "Letterboxd: Herostratus (1967)". letterboxd.com. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Levy, Don (1932-1987) Biography". Screenonline.org.uk. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Dvdoutsider". Dvdoutsider.co.uk. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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