Private Road

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Private Road
Private Road.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Barney Platts-Mills
Produced by Barney Platts-Mills, Andrew St. John
Written by Barney Platts-Mills
Starring Susan Penhaligon
Bruce Robinson
Music by David Dundas, Michael Feast, George Fenton
Release date
  • September 1971 (1971-09)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Private Road is a 1971 British drama film directed by Barney Platts-Mills. The film won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival.[1] After several years out of print it was reissued on Blu-ray and DVD by the BFI in 2011 as part of their Flipside reissue program.


Peter Morrisey (Bruce Robinson) is an author who has just published his first novel. He meets receptionist Ann Halpern (Susan Penhaligon) and falls in love. They spend some time in a cottage in Scotland living an idyllic pastoral life, then return to London. Peter gets a job at an advertising agency as a copywriter. Ann becomes pregnant and Peter asks her to marry him but she refuses. To Peter's shock, Ann decides to have an abortion without talking to him about it first. After a spell in hospital Ann returns home and her father gives her a house. Peter returns to his flat alone, still thinking that he will marry Ann. With his friend Stephen, Peter breaks into an office block and steals a typewriter so he can resume his writing career.



  1. ^ "Winners of the Golden Leopard". Locarno. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

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