"The Last Chapter" based on
John Fowles' story now on DVD
In 1974, a 30-minute short film
was produced in Great Britain entitled The Last Chapter,
based on an unpublished short story by John Fowles.
Directed by David Tringham, it stars the fine British
character actor Denholm Elliott as a middle-aged Ian Fleming
style thriller writer whose visions of his fantasy novels
feature him pursuing a secret agent (played by Geraldine
Moffatt). Susan Penhaligon co-stars as a teenage girl
who throws into turmoil the successful author's work regime.
The Last Chapter has never
been available on video or DVD until now. It is included
as a special feature extra in the recent DVD and Blu-ray release
of the 1971 British film Private Road. At this time
it is only available in Region 2 format, so those in the U.S.
and other non-European countries will either need a multi-region
player, or will have to have the disc converted to the proper
region for their player.
The Last Chapter was not
Fowles' only foray into "thriller" territory. According to
his biographer, Eileen Warburton, Fowles wrote a book entitled
The Device shortly after completing The French
Lieutenant's Woman. Ultimately rejected by his
publisher, The Device was 531 pages involving weapons
smuggling, international espionage and romance. The
manuscript currently resides at the Harry Ransom Center at the
University of Texas at Austin.