Rattle of a Simple Man (1964), directed by Muriel Box, follows Percy Winthram (Harry H Corbett), a shy, naïve 39-year-old who is in London with his friends for the Cup Final. When he meets beautiful hostess Cyrenne (Diane Cilento) in a Soho strip club and accepts a bet, a night of lust seems to be on the cards, but back at her apartment Percy’s innocence and vulnerability become all too evident.
A bittersweet study of two characters from very different walks of life, the film is imbued with endearing and heartwarming humour and some stark home truths.
Game for Anything: Muriel Box & The RattleofaSimple Man
Interview with Hugh Futcher
Behind the Scenes stills gallery
Black & White
English subtitles for the deaf and partial hearing