The Go-Between

Am I alone in being reminded constantly during this spell of long, unnaturally hot weather of Joseph Losey’s The Go Between, which, true to the book, but more obviously, describes the consequence of a young-ish boy going to stay with a school friend in a Norfolk country house where he is used by adults in ways that he only half understands ? I thought of it particularly today, picnicing in Norfolk parkland and remembering the heat in the film, the sense of menace, the way that the adult world was seen through the eye’s of an adolescent, the places of escape in a large estate, and how the adolescent revisits the episode in his memory at the end of his life. I remembered that the film had been made in a Norfolk country house, but couldn’t remember which one. It was Melton Constable, south-west of Holt. In the book, the house is called Brandham Hall.

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