STUDIOCANAL has announced that ROOM AT THE TOPJack Clayton’s (The Great GatsbyThe Innocents) boundary-pushing and multi-Oscar®-winning British classic, will be joining the Vintage Classics Collection and will be available to own on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital from March 11

Based on the best-selling novel by John Braine, ROOM AT THE TOP is Clayton’s debut feature and is one of the earliest examples of the ‘Kitchen Sink Drama’ that helped pave the way for the incoming ‘British New Wave’ of film-makers. Featuring the first open reference to sex as well as the earliest depiction of adultery in a British film, it was a controversial film for the era and was initially refused a certificate by the censors before eventually securing an "X" certificate. 

Starring Laurence Harvey (Women of Twilight, The Silent Enemy), Simone Signoret (Les Diaboliques, Ship of Fools), Heather Sears (The Story of Esther Costello, The Phantom of the Opera) and Donald Wolfit (Lawrence of Arabia, Beckett), the film went on to become a major box-office success and opened the floodgates for more adult orientated movies. The film also gained widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two: Best Actress (Signoret) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Paterson). At 2 minutes and 19 seconds, supporting actress Hermione Baddeley's (Mary Poppins, Brighton Rock) performance is the shortest Oscar®-nominated performance in movie history.

“A Motion Picture So Frankly Physical...So Boldly Unashamed...We Recommend It to Adult Audiences Only!”

In post-war industrial Yorkshire, Joe Lampton (Lawrence Harvey) aims to seduce the boss’s daughter as he attempts to climb the corporate ladder at work. But when his background holds him back, Joe seeks comfort with the unhappily married Alice (Simone Signoret) beginning an affair that will have devastating consequences. 

ROOM AT THE TOP comes complete with brand-new extras and is the newest addition to the ever-expanding Vintage Classics Collection from STUDIOCANAL.


New Delena Kidd on Room at the Top

New Audio Commentary with Jo Botting

New Audio Commentary with Neil Sinyard

New Behind the Scenes stills Gallery


Cert: 12 / Runtime: 118 mins

Room At The Top (1959)

1h 58m

Director: Jack Clayton
Cast: Simone Signoret , Laurence Harvey, Heather Sears

UK Release: Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital March 11th 2024