The Bad Sister (1983)

videotape, 4:3
mono, English

A British fantasy television film directed by Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen.

Plot Summary

Jane, the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish landowner, is disowned by her family and forced to leave the family home. She moves to London where she is haunted by terrible memories of her childhood and of her mother's mysterious death. Becoming increasingly disconnected from the real world, she sets out on surreal journey looking for freedom and revenge.


Directed by: Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen
© Channel Four 1983
Produced in association with Modelmark Limited. A Moving Picture Company production for Channel Four
Produced by: Nigel Stafford-Clark
Associate Producer: Peter Jaques
Written by: Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen
Based on the Novel by: Emma Tennant
Director of Photography: Diane Tammes
Vision Engineer: Neil Wilson
Editors: Bob Gow, Andy Kemp
Music Composed and Performed by: Karl Jenkins, Mike Ratledge
Sound Mixer: Peter Glossop
Costume Designer: Carla Willsher
Make-up: Gordon Kay
Hairdresser: Paula Gillespie
Director of Visual Effects: A.J. Mitchell
Art Director: Hildegard Bechtler
Casting Director: Susie Figgis
Made on Location in London and Scotland

Dawn Archibald (Jane)
Isabel Dean (Mrs Marten)
Kevin McNally (Tony)
Matyelock Gibbs (Meg)
Hugh Millais (Dalzell/Mr Aldridge)
Neil Cunningham (Stephen)
Clive Merrison (Paul)
Marty Cruickshank (Mary/Marie)
Libba Davies (Kathy)
Emma Jacobs (Miranda)
Bill Denniston (Luke)
Maeve Watt (Louise Dalzell)
Ian Stewart (Mr Elliot)
A.S. Ross (interviewer)
Allan Mitchell (doctor)
Annilee Kuukka (Jane (as a girl))
Harriet Laidlaw (Isabel (as a girl))



  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.361