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William Wyler's The Children's Hour on dual format in June

31 May 2018

The Children’s Hour, an acclaimed drama from 1961, is a forceful examination of the power of malice and rumour in an intolerant society, with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine giving superb performances in the lead roles. Directed by William Wyler (Ben Hur, Roman Holiday) and also starring James Garner (The Rockford Files), it was nominated for five Oscars.

Based on Lillian Hellman’s ground-breaking 1934 play (inspired by a true story of two Scottish teachers in 1809), The Children's Hour stars Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine as best friends who run an exclusive girls’ school. When a disruptive pupil starts a rumour that the pair are in a lesbian relationship, there are serious repercussions for everyone.

The Children’s Hour was nominated for five Oscars: Actress in a Supporting Role (Fay Bainter), Cinematography (Black & White), Art Direction (Black & White), Set Decoration, Costume Design (Black & White) and Sound. Leading actor Shirley MacLaine was also nominated for a Golden Globe.

The Children's Hour dual format cover

The Children's Hour will make its UK Blu-ray debut in a dual format Edition (Blu-ray and DVD) from the BFI on 18 June 2018 at the RRP of £19.99.

Special features:

  • Audio commentary by Neil Sinyard
  • Original theatrical trailer (2 mins)
  • Stills gallery
  • Illustrated booklet featuring new writing by Sarah Wood, So Mayer, Philip Kemp and Neil Sinyard, plus full film credits