Kino Lorber have revealed that they are preparing a Blu-ray release of Basil Dearden’s film The Mind Benders (1963), starring Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, John Clements, Michael Bryant, and Wendy Craig. The release is expected to arrive on the market later this year.
Synopsis: Following the death of a fellow scientist accused of being a communist spy, Dr. Henry Longman (Dirk Bogarde) works to prove that his colleague had been brainwashed. To do so, Longman subjects himself to experiments in a sensory deprivation tank. This starts to take a heavy toll on his mental health; in particular, it alienates him from his wife. Additionally, his scientific credibility suffers and with it the chances for discovering the truth about his colleague. Soundtrack by Georges Auric (The Wages of Fear). NEW 4K RESTORATION. THE MIND BENDERSr-Kino Lorber Blu-ray in Fall 2019
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Leading cultural historian Professor Christopher Breward recently gave a lecture at Falmouth University, titled Dirk Bogarde: From Doctor to Decadent, focussing on the nature of Dirk’s onscreen costume throughout his career.

A recording of the lecture is now hosted on the site, along with the full text of the original article. It can be found in the Style Icon section here

The headline is a quote from Dirk, speaking to James Fox at the Connaught, the old friends that Dirk refers to are Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful.

Cast a Dark Shadow

Dirk stars alongside Margaret Lockwood in this 1955 movie, which has finally been released on DVD, by Simply Media.

Find out more about the film in the filmography.

Buy the DVD.


The BFI have compiled a list of 10 essential Dirk Bogarde films.


A newly restored print of Providence screened recently at the 70th International Venice Film Festival.

More information can be found here.

A DVD release is planned for next month.

Another recently restored print, of Victim, is showing on the 17th October at the BFI Southbank.

More information and tickets (available from 20th September) can be found here.

As announced recently, to coincide with the Dirk Bogarde film season BFI Publishing will release BFI Film Classics on Victim (1961) by John Coldstream and The Servant (1963) by Amy Sargeant.

Both books are available for pre-order.

To order Victim click here

To order The Servant click here