Diversion (1980)

Later re-written as Fatal Attraction, Diversion is the tale of a nightmarish one-night stand.

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In 1979 James Dearden wrote and directed a short film that changed the course of his career.

Diversion recounts the tale of a married man who has a one-night stand which propels him into a nightmarish situation. Sound familiar? It should: Paramount commissioned Dearden to rewrite it as a feature and, renamed Fatal Attraction, it became 1987’s highest grossing film globally, with six Oscar nominations. Diversion disappeared from view amid rumours of the studio taking it out of circulation.

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