Patricia Neal stars as a woman suffering from hysterical blindness, and a blank in her memory which may hide the cause of her affliction. When she and her sex-addict husband (Curt Jurgens) move in with her younger sister (Samantha Eggar), she begins to piece together the events leading to her psychological trauma. Ahead of its time in its discussion and depiction of all manner of taboo subjects (rape, child abuse, nymphomania, psycho-sexual disorder, masochism), 'Psyche 59' is one of British cinema's most daring and provocative adult dramas.
The BEHP Interview with Walter Lassally (1988, 94 mins): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the renowned cinematographer in conversation with Roy Fowler
Come to Silence (2019, 12 mins): award-winning actor Samantha Eggar recalls her work on Psyche 59
Intangible Visions (2019, 14 mins): composer Kenneth V Jones discusses his score
An Abstract Quality (2019, 11 mins): critic, lecturer and broadcaster Richard Combs analyses Psyche 59 and the career of director Alexander Singer