Described by Graham Greene as the ‘poet of apprehension’, Patricia Highsmith specialised in tightly plotted thrillers exploring the fear, jealousy, guilt and violence bubbling under the surface of outwardly civilised characters. Neurotic men dominate her fiction, antiheroes with a plethora of dark secrets and obsessions, though she was equally capable of studies of great sensitivity and tenderness, as evidenced by one of her few forays outside the thriller genre, Carol. The artistry and intelligence of her work is widely considered to have transcended the thriller genre and rival that of mainstream literature, and has made for much compelling cinema. This season showcases the very best of them…

All words by Pasquale Iannone unless otherwise stated.
Pasquale is a Lecturer in Film and Music at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning. He is also a critic and broadcaster, regularly contributing to Sight & Sound, BFI, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 4.