by Tom Blau
modern bromide print from original negative, 1963
9 in. x 7 1/2 in. (229 mm x 191 mm) image size
Given by Camera Press: London: UK, 2007
This portraitback to top
Christine Keeler's screen test. Originally planned by Nicholas Luard, the film, which became The (Christine) Keeler Affair was first released in America and Denmark, written and directed by Robert Spafford and Matt White. Keeler, over-dubbed by an actress, introduced the film and was photographed by Tom Blau during a private screen test. Banned in Britain, the film gained instant notoriety. It was remade in 1989 as Scandal starring Joanne Whalley as Keeler, Bridget Fonda as Rice-Davies, John Hurt as Ward and Ian McKellen as Profumo.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Scandal '63: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Profumo Affair (30 April 2013 - 15 September 2013)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1963back to top
Current affairsThe Secretary of State for War, John Profumo is found to have lied to the House of Commons when he denied having an affair with the showgirl, Christine Keeler. The Profumo Affair was a public scandal for the Conservative party, and ultimately contributed to the resignation of Harold Macmillan.
Art and scienceDoctor Who is first broadcast on the BBC with William Hartnell playing the Doctor. This long running science fiction series about an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in his police-box-shaped Tardis has been watched by generations of viewers (often from behind the back of the sofa), and features imaginative, but traditionally low-budget, special effects, innovative electronic music, and the Doctor's greatest enemy, the Daleks.
InternationalJohn F. Kennedy is assassinated in Texas. The arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald for his murder did not prevent a score of conspiracy theories involving Cuba, the CIA, the KGB, and the Mafia among others.
Martin Luther King delivers his 'I have a dream' speech, marking an important moment in the civil rights movement in America and helping to secure him the Nobel Peace Prize' in 1964.
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