"The Committee" is directed by Peter Sykes and based on a chilling fable by Max Steuer. Although discernably influenced by Harold Pinter, R.D. Laing and recent Czech movies, the film has a savage narrative life of its own. In a summery glade a cool hitch-hiker casually beheads a man who has given him a lift. Soon afterwards the hitch-hiker is summoned to join a mysterious 'committee', convened in a country house by the people who exercise power. The smiling young director of the committee cross-questions him. Director: Some people think that the criminals and the mad are the real heroes. Hitch-hiker: Why not, in a corrupt society? Director: But in a reasonable society? Hitch-hiker: There are no criminals. Director: So one criminal act could turn a reasonable society into an unreasonable one. With a macabre cabaret intrusion by Arthur Brown, this is an admirable British film exploring the implications of one criminal act. He is a member of an unworkable committee, the committee of the nation, and this is why he expends less disciplined effort on mastering a political problem than he expends on a game of bridge.