THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT
1982, Zeitgeist Films, 108 min, UK, Dir: Peter Greenaway

Director Peter Greenaway’s first arthouse hit was this stylish and beautifully rendered murder mystery set on a rural English country estate in 1694. An artist (Anthony Higgins) is hired to draw landscapes for a wealthy couple; in its meticulous detail, the young man’s art unwittingly captures evidence of foul play. An elegant, multilayered puzzle that goes way beyond a simple “whodunit” to explore class and sexual politics.


A DRY WHITE SEASON
1990, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: Euzhan Palcy

In this blistering drama, Donald Sutherland plays Ben du Toit, a schoolteacher in South Africa, whose eyes are opened to the brutality of apartheid when a black acquaintance is murdered by the police. To bring those responsible to justice, du Toit enlists a human rights attorney (Oscar-nominated Marlon Brando, who emerged from a near-decade retirement to take the role). With Susan Sarandon.


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