"Based on a True Story": Authors, Journalists, and Publishers

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The Libertine (2004)
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The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work. (114 mins.)
 
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Screenplay (1986 TV Series)
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In the autumn of 1773, the English writer Samuel Johnson visits the Hebrides, or Western Isles, off the North-West coast of Scotland...
 
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Quills (2000)
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In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor. (124 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
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Frankenstein: Birth of a Monster (2003 TV Movie)
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A drama telling the story of the life of the writer of Frankenstein. Telling of her influences, her writing and her personal life.
Director: Mary Downes
 
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Gothic (1986)
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The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story. (87 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
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Bright Star (2009)
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The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life. (119 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
8.
To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters (2016 TV Movie)
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A chronicle of the Brontë sisters' battle to overcome obstacles and publish their novels, which would become some of the greatest in the English language. (120 mins.)
 
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The Children of the Century (1999)
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The only thing more outrageous than French novelist George Sand's torrid love affair with the decadent... (135 mins.)
Director: Diane Kurys
 
10.
The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton (2006 TV Movie)
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In 19th century Victorian England, Mrs. Isabella Beeton produced what became an essential book for housewives of the day... (85 mins.)
Director: Jon Jones
 
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Finding Neverland (2004)
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The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. (106 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
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Wilde (1997)
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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of... (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gilbert
 
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Dreamchild (1985)
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Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie... (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Millar
 
14.
The Last Station (2009)
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A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
 
15.
Consuming Passion (2008 TV Movie)
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Three intertwined stories to celebrate the the centenary of romance publishing house Mills & Boon. The... (86 mins.)
Director: Dan Zeff
 
16.
My Boy Jack (2007 TV Movie)
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Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 18-year-old son after he goes missing during World War I. (95 mins.)
Director: Brian Kirk
 
17.
Reds (1981)
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A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. (195 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
 
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Nora (2000)
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In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank... (106 mins.)
Director: Pat Murphy
 
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The Whole Wide World (1996)
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In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard... (111 mins.)
Director: Dan Ireland
 
20.
HG Wells' War with the World (2006 TV Movie)
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Director: James Kent
 
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Christopher and His Kind (2011 TV Movie)
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In 1931 budding author Christopher Isherwood goes to Berlin at the invitation of his friend W. H. Auden for the gay sex that abounds in the city... (90 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Sax
 
22.
The Naked Civil Servant (1975 TV Movie)
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The life and times of Quentin Crisp, an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England. (77 mins.)
Director: Jack Gold
 
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Julia (1977)
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At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany. (117 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
24.
Wodehouse in Exile (2013 TV Movie)
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An all-star cast heads up this intimate film about how author, P.G.Wodehouse, came to face a charge... (82 mins.)
Director: Tim Fywell
 
25.
Enid (2009 TV Movie)
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Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family... (82 mins.)
Director: James Hawes
 
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The Edge of Love (2008)
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Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both. (110 mins.)
Director: John Maybury
 
27.
A Poet in New York (2014 TV Movie)
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A look at Welsh poet Dylan Thomas's fatal visit to New York City, and his stormy relationship with his wife Caitlin. (72 mins.)
Director: Aisling Walsh
 
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Capote (2005)
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In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row. (114 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
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Infamous (2006)
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While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. (110 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
 
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The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
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The life of Bettie Page, a 1950s pin-up model and one of the first sex icons in America, who became the target of a Senate investigation due to her risqué bondage photos. (91 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
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Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
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This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens... (105 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
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Love Again (2003 TV Movie)
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Dramatisation of the romantic life and various relationships of poet Philip Larkin, from his arrival as librarian at Hull University in 1955 to his death in 1985. (75 mins.)
Director: Susanna White
 
33.
Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore (2005 TV Movie)
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In 1963, flamboyant, eccentric English theatre critic Kenneth Tynan is made 'literary manager' of London's National Theatre... (73 mins.)
Director: Chris Durlacher
 
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In Love with Barbara (2008 TV Movie)
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In the 1970s we see the redoubtable and eccentric Barbara Cartland, prolific author of hundreds of romantic novels...
Director: Tim Whitby
 
35.
Shadowlands (1993)
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C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S. (131 mins.)
 
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Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (1998 TV Movie)
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Drugs, alcohol and controversy mark the author's life. (120 mins.)
Director: Bruce McDonald
 
37.
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
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A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. (121 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
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Howl (2010)
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As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. (84 mins.)
 
39.
The Look of Love (2013)
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The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain's richest man. (101 mins.)
 
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Room and a Half (2009)
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A semi-fictional account of the life of Nobel-Prize-winning Russian poet Josif Brodsky, who was forced into American exile in 1972. (130 mins.)
 
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The Killing Fields (1984)
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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. (141 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
42.
Howzat! Kerry Packer's War (2012 Mini-Series)
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The Ashes is the pinnacle of world cricket with two old enemies, Australia and England, going head to head... (180 mins.)
 
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Maxwell (2007 TV Movie)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Colin Barr
 
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Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
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Journalist Floyd from US, Michael Henderson from UK and their teams meet the beginning of Bosnian war in Sarajevo... (103 mins.)
 
45.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
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The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
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Veronica Guerin (2003)
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An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
47.
Blind Flight (2003)
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The true story of Irishman Brian Keenan and Englishman John McCarthy's extraordinary relationship as hostages of militias in Lebanon during the 1979-91 Civil War. (97 mins.)
Director: John Furse
 
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Shattered Glass (2003)
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The true story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was found he had fabricated over half of his articles. (94 mins.)
Director: Billy Ray
 
49.
Julie & Julia (2009)
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Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. (118 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
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The Kidnap Diaries (2012 TV Movie)
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In 2008 documentary maker Sean Langan travels to Pakistan to film Taliban training camps for Channel...
Director: Norman Hull