The Personal History of David Copperfield, Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, is to open this year’s London film festival. The film will have its European premiere at the festival, indicating a world-first screening in Toronto at the start of September.
The film is billed as a “fresh take” on Dickens’ epic autobiographical tale of one young man’s journey into adulthood, juggling his ambitions to become a writer with his conscience about poverty in Victorian London and his duty of care towards his eccentric aunt.
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Published in serial form between 1849-1850, the book, whose full title is The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account) was described by Dickens as his personal favourite.
Patel, who rose to fame in TV series Skins and as the lead in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire (2008), takes the leading role, with Swinton as his aunt, the donkey-chasing Betsey Trotwood, and Ben Whishaw as Uriah Heep – one of Dickens’s most obsequious and most memorable characters.
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Peter Capaldi plays Mr Micabwer, with Hugh Laurie as Mr Dick and Gwendoline Christie as Jane Murdstone. As well as directing, Iannucci has co-written the screenplay with frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell.
Said Iannucci: “It’s a huge thrill and honour to be asked to open the fantastic BFI London film festival. The Personal History of David Copperfield is a film about compassion, humour, generosity and friendship, and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it.”
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Tricia Tuttle, the director of the festival, added that the film “shows [Iannucci’s] trademark wit and a joyous sense of style – it’s a delight from start to finish, with Dev Patel and co-stars delivering performances of megawatt charm and comic flair. I’m so excited to be...
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