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Sylvia Plath – Inside the Bell Jar

The story behind Sylvia Plath’s seminal novel The Bell Jar: a young woman’s struggle to survive in 1950’s America. With her daughter, Freida Hughes and several of her close friends

Bringing to life that ‘queer sultry summer’ of 1953, Sylvia Plath: Inside The Bell Jar is the first film to unravel the story behind her seminal novel.
The book captures the struggles of an ambitious young woman’s attempts to deal with the constraints of 1950’s America; the bright lights of New York dim, turn to depression and attempted suicide The film weaves the autobiographic narrative of the book with the testimony of her friends, and daughter Frieda Hughes: some speaking for the first time.

59 minutes

Last on

Tue 11 Feb 2020 01:35

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:07

    Max Greger & His Orchestra


  • 00:17

    Unnamed Library Contributors, The Symphonia Orchestra

    Smile of A Latin

  • 00:19

    Jammin' Unit

    Never Been On E

  • 00:19

    The Clovers

    Good Lovin'

  • 00:22

    The Spaniels

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight

  • 00:23

    The Drifters

    Money Honey

  • 00:26

    Silvana Mangano

    Anna (El N. Zumbon)

  • 00:50

    Rob Dougan

    Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Variation)


Role Contributor
Narrator Maggie Gyllenhaal
Narrator Ina Marie Smith
Other Voices Deborah McBride
Other Voices Willow Nash
Actor Charlotte Brokenbrow
Actor Zoe Hickson
Actor Charlie Noakes
Producer Clive Flowers
Producer Tim Kendall
Director Teresa Griffiths
Executive Producer Sian Price
Executive Producer Angus Macqueen
Production Company Yeti Media