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Friendship and betrayal between two poets during the French Revolution. | Add synopsis »
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Far from a "historical" piece – it's a lively character piece with interesting direction, although at times a bit empty See more (32 total) »


  (in credits order)

Linus Roache ... Samuel Coleridge

John Hannah ... William Wordsworth

Samantha Morton ... Sara Coleridge

Emily Woof ... Dorothy Wordsworth
Emma Fielding ... Mary Wordsworth

Andy Serkis ... John Thelwall

Samuel West ... Robert Southey
Michael Harbour ... Walsh
William Scott-Masson ... Tom Poole
Clive Merrison ... Dr. Gillman

Dexter Fletcher ... Humphry Davy
Guy Lankester ... Lord Byron

Andrea Lowe ... Edith Southey
Jacqueline Defferary ... Miss Holland
Andy de la Tour ... Andrew Crosse

John Kane ... Jones

Colin McCredie ... Messenger
Glyn Owen ... Fisherman
Peter Harkness ... Journalist
Niall Vincent ... Hartley Coleridge (4 Years)
Jason Quick ... Hartley Coleridge (18 Months)
Miles Quick ... Hartley Coleridge (18 Months)
Eleanor Russell ... Hartley Coleridge (2 Months)

Juno Temple ... Emma Southey
Leo Temple ... Herbert Southey
Rowena Gaukroger ... Edith Mae Southey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erik McKay ... Darcy Sinclair

John Standing ... Rev. Holland

Directed by
Julien Temple 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Cottrell Boyce  written by

Produced by
Michael Kustow .... co-producer
Nick O'Hagan .... producer
Mike Phillips .... executive producer
Jane Robertson .... line producer
Tracey Scoffield .... executive producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dario Marianelli 
Cinematography by
John Lynch 
Film Editing by
Niven Howie 
Casting by
Liora Reich 
Production Design by
Laurence Dorman 
Art Direction by
Bill Crutcher 
Ben Scott 
Set Decoration by
Philippa Hart 
Costume Design by
Annie Symons 
Makeup Department
Lynne Butterworth .... hair stylist
Lynne Butterworth .... makeup artist
Liz Daxauer .... hair styles supervisor
Liz Daxauer .... makeup supervisor
Tony Lilley .... hair stylist
Tony Lilley .... makeup artist
Production Management
Clare Maclean .... post-production supervisor (as Clare Oliver)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Dodds .... third assistant director: dailies
Michael Elliott .... assistant director
Nick Laws .... first assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... crowd second assistant director
Anthony Wilcox .... assistant director
Niven Howie .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Simon Aspey .... stagehand
Paul Bowring .... carpenter
David Chappell .... hod carpenter
Mary-Claire Curran .... art department runner
John Davies .... hod painter
Matthew Davies .... assistant art director
Tim Dickel .... dressing props
Derek Felgate .... carpenter
Stephen Forrest-Smith .... storyboard artist
Mike Fowlie .... dressing props
James Gemmill .... scenic artist
Douglas Glen .... stand-by props
Peter Grant .... property master
Nick Hatton .... painter
Matthew Hywel-Davies .... stand-by carpenter (as Matt Hywel-Davies)
Josh Jones .... construction manager
Greg Long .... prop storeman
John Pinkerton .... stand-by painter
Ian Ramshaw .... painter
Guy Rutter .... painter
Colin Thurston .... stand-by prop
Cathy van Abbe .... art department assistant
Jessie Walker-Stewart .... vivarium maker (as Jess Walker Stewart)
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Bates .... sound maintenance
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Paul Davies .... supervising sound editor
Andie Derrick .... foley artist
Evelyn Ficarra .... adr editor
Richard Flynn .... adr editor
Simon Gershon .... dialogue editor
Paul Harris .... adr recordist
Katy Lowe .... sound trainee
Garth Marshall .... sound
Dick Philip .... sound maintenance
James Seddon .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Andrew Stirk .... dubbing assistant
Graeme Stoten .... foley editor
Hilary Wyatt .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Neal Champion .... special effects supervisor
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects supervisor
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects technician
Gareth Wingrove .... special effects technician
Trevor Young .... titles compositor
Visual Effects by
Robin Beard .... digital effects artist
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Pawl Fulker .... digital artist
Tom Hocking .... digital effects artist
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Sarah Franzl .... stunts
Paul Heasman .... stunts
Seon Rogers .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Steve Brooke Smith .... focus puller
Dion M. Casey .... Steadicam operator
Paul Edwards .... Steadicam operator
Warren Evans .... electrician
Kevin Fitzpatrick .... electrician
Maxim Ford .... time-lapse photographer
Guy Frost .... clapper loader
Darren Gatrell .... gaffer
Pip Hare .... camera trainee
Stuart Howell .... Steadicam operator
Mark Hutton .... gaffer
Clive Mackey .... focus puller
Colin Manning .... grip
Keith Manning .... grip
Skip Margetts .... clapper loader
Alan McPherson .... best boy
Dennis O'Connell .... electrician
Behzad Oliadonighi .... assistant camera: time-lapse photography
Sky Sharrock .... clapper loader
Philip Sindall .... camera operator
Tony Skinner .... electrician
Andy Thomson .... crane operator
Nick Wall .... still photographer
Casting Department
Alex Wilson Jones .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Liljefors .... additional costume designer
Kay Manasseh .... assistant costume designer
Charlotte Morris .... costume assistant
Anne Nichols .... additional costume designer
Marco Scotti .... wardrobe supervisor
Rebecca Townsend .... wardrobe assistant
Gerald Moulin .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Steve Farman .... negative cutter
Clive Noakes .... color grader
Helen Paszyn .... first assistant editor
Caroline Perjesi .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Kevin Townend .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Wayne Thompson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Guy Barker .... production accountant
Joanie Blaikie .... production executive: BBC Films
David Boardman .... location manager
John Brook .... stand-in
Heather Burton .... stand-in
Nicky Coats .... location accountant
R.H. Davies .... marine coordinator
Simon Giles .... title designer
Sarah Hamilton .... production coordinator
Douglas Isherwood .... runner
Patrick Isherwood .... pre-production accountant (as Pat Isherwood)
Jamie Laurenson .... script editor: BBC Films
Jodi Matterson .... assistant to producer
Amy McCombe .... assistant location manager
Jeanette Nelson .... dialogue coach
Jennie Paddon .... extras coordinator: London
Geoffrey Paget .... production executive: BBC Films
Roger Phillips .... end titles
Marinella Setti .... script supervisor
Nic Shearer .... floor runner
Mark Stephenson .... location scout
Alexander Stevens .... stand-in
Marijne van der Vlugt .... assistant to producer
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialogue coach (as Julia Wilson-Dixon)

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Rated PG-13 for drug content
124 min
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Continuity: When William and Dorothy Wordsworth arrive at Coleridge's cottage and they go in search of Sarah Coleridge, the baby, Hartley is sitting on Sarah's lap with bare feet. When Sam introduces the Wordsworths to the baby a second later, he is wearing red boots/booties.See more »
[first lines]
Samuel Taylor Coleridge:Like one that on a lonesome road doth walk in fear and dread, and having once turned 'roud walks on and turns no more his head, because he knows a frightful fiend doth close behind him tred. 'Tis a strange place this limbo, not a place yet named so.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Far from a "historical" piece – it's a lively character piece with interesting direction, although at times a bit empty, 3 January 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In the 19th Century, poets are the rock stars of their time – using drugs, living on the edge and revered by many for their creative influence. At a rally where he protests against the war with France and slavery, Samuel Coleridge meets the young William Wordsworth, who idolises him and joins him in his "revolution". When Coleridge flees the city with his wife and baby to set up a self-sustaining Utopia of their own, William and his sister join them. The two friends get down to work, although the writing process starts to destroy Coleridge from the inside – although maybe it's the opium? I taped this film because the title and cast caught my interest but, whenever I read what it was about I thought twice because it sounded like a dull historical film about characters I didn't know a great deal about. Despite this I decided to give it a go and see if it was any good. From the very start the film interested me with its strange visuals and interesting characters. The actual plot is not so easy to get into, but the relationships are well written and there is always something going on. I do not know the "real" facts behind these characters so I will not go down the road of picking at this film for what definitely contains a great deal of artistic license (the film ends on the London Eye) but in a way it is the license that makes it more interesting. With this, we are able to enter the experience rather than just the story; it also allows for plenty of interesting touches. I laughed quite a bit to read reviews ranting about errors in continuity, with some shots having modern things in the background – perhaps they didn't reach the end of the film to see that this was deliberate and became more frequent as the film went on (why review it if you haven't seen it all?). The precise meaning of this was lost on me other than it being about Coleridge being ahead of his time or timeless in his vision, but it did make the film interesting. The characters of Coleridge and Wordsworth are both interesting and it is they that make the story worth sticking with.

This is not to imply it is brilliant because it isn't, but it is enjoyable, interesting and different enough to keep me watching. The direction is a bit too forced at times but it does have some nice moments that are original if not cohesive. The cast do well to help inject a certain amount of humour, wonder and drama when any or all of them are required. Roache gets all the "wonder" stuff and is pretty good but he has the film stolen from him by stealth as Hannah delivers a great performance. Wordsworth starts out idolising Coleridge and following him, but then gradually turns to destroying his work etc – this transformation is very well done by Hannah, who works the extremes well but does the transition better. Support is as strong as you would expect from Morton, Woof, Serkis and others but the film belongs to the lead pair and the director.

Overall this is not a brilliant film but it is an interesting one. The narrative is difficult because the director tries hard to make it obscure and difficult to get deep into, but the general delivery features an interest character story told with humour, drama and good acting. The interesting (if a little pretentious) direction is always interesting even if it can be a little alienating at times. If it sounds boring and "not your sort of thing" then you'll be the same as me – in which case you should give it a try anyway, but I do wonder what fans of Wordsworth and/or Coleridge made of it.

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