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Agent, The


Stars: William Beck, Stephen Kennedy, Maureen Lipman

Director: Lesley Manning

Translating plays directly to film rarely works and this is no exception to the rule. Despite the title, it's not a spy film. The agent in question (Beck) is a literary one, and the film centres on an Irish author (Kennedy), whose first book was a modest success.

His second is rejected by the agent, who, we suspect, may not even have read it. Desperate, the author, who has some incriminating photos of the agent with his two illegitimate children, taken fortuitously in the park, resorts to blackmail. The tactics seem to work...

Performances are OK - Lipman has a cameo at the end - but the piece simply isn't cinematic. CinemaScope photography is spectacular, with lush backgrounds, but you have to ask: is this the right film fot it?

David Quinlan

UK 2009. UK Distributor: Pinter and Martin. Colour.
80 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: PG.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 15 Sep 2009