A Private Function. Image shows from L to R: Gilbert Chilvers (Michael Palin), Joyce Chilvers (Maggie Smith).

A Private Function

1984 British comedy film about food rationing and social climbing. Stars Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Richard Griffiths, Tony Haygarth and others.

A Private Function

A Private Function

In a small Yorkshire town in the post-war years where rationing is rife, a group of businessmen want to impress the local government by throwing a party to celebrate Princess Elizabeth's wedding, with the intention of slaughtering an illegally raised pig.

This Alan Bennett comedy also follows the domestic crises of a husband and wife team, Gilbert, the chiropodist and Joyce, a bullying, socially-ambitious Lady Macbeth figure. Gilbert, encouraged by his wife, plans to kidnap the pig and hold the forces of snobbery to ransom. This is made more complex by the presence of a greedy mother who lives in terror of being put away.

First released: Monday 25th January 2010

  • Released: Monday 27th June 2016
  • Distributor: Arrow Video
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 93

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