Birkin’s Cement Grooming Garden

“…the story was highly disturbing. It will be hard for many to get through it; fortunately, I have a lot of experience with dark, demented, and disturbing literature…Still, child perversity and incest are not comfortable issues…”  

But when Oscar-nominated director Andrew Birkin came to the school (Harrow) to film Ian McEwan’s sex-fuelled novel The Cement Garden, a young Cumberbatch refused to audition. “I was really prudish at that age and I didn’t want to take my clothes off,” he said. “I was terrified and I didn’t want anyone seeing what I looked like.”

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PS: The Birkins are creepy.

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