The legendary Tom Courtenay delivers a star-making turn as William Terrence Fisher in John Schlesinger’s Billy Liar (1963), one of the most memorable and universally acclaimed films of the Swinging Sixties. Now, thanks to StudioCanal, Schlesinger’s surrealist kitchen sink drama finally comes to Blu-ray to celebrate the film’s 50th Anniversary. To commemorate this very special rerelease of a bona fide British classic, we’ve kindly been provided with THREE Blu-ray copies of Billy Liar to give away to our readers. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven’t already, ‘Like’ us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
Running from an unsympathetic working-class family, a pair of demanding fiancées and an insecure job at an undertakers, Billy (Courtenay) escapes the everyday – Walter Mitty-like – into a world of fantasy where he can realise his dream ambitions. As work and family pressures build to new intolerable levels, Liz (an early, charismatic turn from Julie Christie), enters his drab life and offers Billy the one real chance he’ll ever get to leave the past behind. Scripted by Keith Waterhouse from his own novel, Billy Liar is one of the few comedies of the British New Wave, marrying visual and verbal wit with a rather poignant rumination on the futility of dreams.
To be in with a chance of winning one of THREE 50th Anniversary Blu-ray copies of Billy Liar, just answer the following simple question:
Tom Courtenay recently starred in which Dustin Hoffman-directed drama, also released on DVD and Blu-ray on 6 May?
a) A Late Quartet
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The 50th Anniversary edition of Billy Liar is available to own on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 6 May, courtesy of StudioCanal.
The competition closes at 6pm on Thursday 9 May, 2013.
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