Anne (Julie Christie), a young historical researcher, inherits letters written by her great aunt Olivia (Greta Scacchi) and becomes obsessed with their revelations of her past in colonial India. Flitting between the present-day and the 1920s, the film examines their parallel journeys of self-discovery and the eternal, seductive allures of the country.
Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from her Booker Prize-winning novel, and winner of Best Screenplay at the 1983 BAFTAs, Heat and Dust is a sensual and evocative Merchant Ivory classic.
Now beautifully restored in 4K and available on Blu-ray for the first time, the set also features Autobiography of a Princess, Merchant Ivory’s fictional study of Imperial India starring James Mason and Madhur Jaffrey.
New 4K restoration
Autobiography of a Princess (1975, 58 mins): Merchant Ivory’s fictional study of Imperial India starring James Mason and Madhur Jaffrey
Merchant Ivory's Royal India (2017, 33 mins): conversation between James Ivory and writer/director Chris Terrio
Greta Scacchi and Nickolas Grace Remember Heat and Dust (2017, 42 mins): an interview by Claire Monk
Onstage Q&A with Madhur Jaffrey (2017, 22 mins)
Three archive shorts depicting some of the princely states of India (1922 – 1940, 56 mins)
The Guardian Interview: Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1992, 100 mins, audio only): John Pym moderates a panel discussion at the NFT
**FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits