King and Country

King and Country (1964)

Director: Joseph Losey
Screenplay: Evan Jones (from play ‘Hamp’ by John Wilson based on a story by James Lansdale Hodson)
Role: Captain Hargreaves

In Losey’s compelling, claustrophobic drama, Dirk plays Captain Hargreaves, the initially reluctant defending officer at the court-martial of a First World War deserter (Tom Courtenay). The film, which belongs firmly in the tradition of Paths of Glory and La grande illusion, and was chosen as the British entry for the Venice Festival, has a renewed topicality.