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Private Road 1971


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Private Road 1971 15

89 mins United Kingdom Director. Barney Platts-Mills

Like a prototype for Withnail and I, Barney Platts-Mills' surprising film focuses on a search personal freedom across 1970s Boho London and the wilds of Scotland. Bruce Robinson (who wrote and directed Withnail) plays Peter, a young writer who shacks up with receptionist Ann (Susan Penhaligon). Sex, drugs, and rigorous rural living ensue, to the dismay of Ann’s posh parents. Will Peter choose domestic conformity or the artistic ideal?

This title is also available on DVD / Blu-ray in the BFI’s Flipside collection.

Directed by

Barney Platts-Mills


Bruce Robinson

Susan Penhaligon




Rebel Rousers Closed Captions Flipside - Cult British Cinema


15 Contains soft drug use, implied hard drug use and brief sexualised nudity




United Kingdom



Production company

Maya Films

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