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Ida Lupino: On Dangerous Ground

Ida Lupino (1918–1995) was a trailblazer. The London-born actor was initially dubbed the ‘English Jean Harlow’, but made her mark playing bossy femme fatales, floozies and gangster’s molls in classic thrillers of the 1940s. By the following decade she was the only female director working in the Hollywood system. Fiercely independent, her tough, tightly coiled low-budget films were way ahead of their time in tackling taboos, exploring social issues and creating complex female characters. Lupino subsequently became a versatile and vastly prolific television director, working on every popular prime time show of the period, from The Twilight Zone to Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Virginian and Bewitched. Our centenary tribute to this maverick includes two of her most famous acting roles and three films that she directed.

Films in this Festival Strand

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26 February

High Sierra - 35mm (PG)

Ida Lupino goes toe-to-toe with Humphrey Bogart in this exciting, hard-boiled thriller

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27 February

Moontide - 35mm (PG)

I​da Lupino is teamed with Jean Gabin in this gripping melodrama

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28 February

Outrage - 35mm (N/C 15+)

​Director Ida Lupino was way ahead of her time with this groundbreaking tale of sexual assault and its aftermath.

Image for The Bigamist - 35mm (PG)
2 March

The Bigamist - 35mm (PG)

Ida Lupino directs this trim and well-acted thriller.

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1 March

The Hitch-Hiker - 35mm (12)

Who'll be his next victim?

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