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22 October 2005 (USA) See more »
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Following the success of his poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage", Byron becomes the toast of London. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Stephen Campbell Moore ... John Cam Hobhouse

Oliver Milburn ... Scrope Davies

Michael Elwyn ... John Murray

Jonny Lee Miller ... Lord Byron

Philip Glenister ... William Fletcher
Samir Hassan ... Loukas

George Georgiou ... Turkish Captain
Irena Micijevic ... Beautiful Turkish Woman (as Irena Micijevic Rodic)

Stanley Townsend ... Turkish Governor
Tracey Murphy ... Bessy

Kate Loustau ... Susan
James Daley ... Page Boy
Crispin Redman ... Dandy in Salon
John Hart Dyke ... Hollands' Butler
Jane How ... Lady Holland
Harriet Harrison ... Woman at Salon

Vanessa Redgrave ... Lady Melbourne

Julie Cox ... Annabella Milbanke
Camilla Power ... Lady Caroline Lamb
Natasha Little ... Augusta Leigh
Julian Firth ... Thomas Moore
Jasper Jacob ... Rogers
Michael Parkhouse ... Auctioneer
Dido Miles ... Six Mile Bottom Cook

David Ryall ... Sir Ralph Milbanke

Penny Downie ... Lady Judith Milbanke
Elodie Kendall ... Mercer Elphinstone

Oliver Dimsdale ... Percy Bysshe Shelley
Mali Harries ... Ann Rood
Nicholas Pritchard ... Colonel Leigh
Miles Richardson ... Reverend Noel
Anthony Dawes ... Halnaby Butler
Philip Anthony ... Piccadilly Butler
Caroline Martin ... Claire Clairmont

Sally Hawkins ... Mary Shelley
Maria Papas ... Margarita Cogni

Jean-François Wolff ... Tita (as Jean-Francois Wolff)
Nancy Hope Hall ... Medora (aged 4)
Diana Hoddinott ... Lady Liddell (as Diana Hoddinot)

Branka Katic ... Teresa Guiccioli

Mark Bazeley ... Trelawney

Tim Potter ... Millingen
Matthew Scurfield ... Bruno
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Hudson ... Servant

Pauline Moran ... Mrs Curtain
Christelle Bulckaen ... Courtisane (uncredited)
Neil Findlater ... Farmhand (uncredited)
Michael Michael ... (uncredited)

Piers Stubbs ... Supporting (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Julian Farino 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nick Dear 

Produced by
Ruth Baumgarten .... producer
Laura Mackie .... executive producer
Andrea Miller .... executive producer
Hilary Salmon .... executive producer
Julia Stannard .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
 
Cinematography by
David Odd (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pia Di Ciaula 
 
Casting by
Kate Rhodes James 
 
Production Design by
John Paul Kelly  (as John-Paul Kelly)
 
Art Direction by
Emma MacDevitt 
 
Set Decoration by
Claire Grainger 
 
Costume Design by
Jenny Beavan 
 
Makeup Department
Kate Benton .... hair stylist
Kate Benton .... makeup artist
Jon Henry Gordon .... hair supervisor (as John-Henry Gordon)
Jon Henry Gordon .... makeup supervisor (as John-Henry Gordon)
Daniel Phillips .... hair designer
Daniel Phillips .... makeup designer
Aurélie Elich .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jackie Grima .... makeup dailies (uncredited)
Joël Seiller .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Rupert Simon .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Rupert Simon .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jimmy de Brabant .... production manager: Luxembourg
Gerry Gore .... unit manager: Malta
Katryna Samut-Tagliaferro .... production manager: Malta (as Katrina Samut Tagliaferrr0)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joanna Crow .... second assistant director
Sarah Gilham .... third assistant director
Jack Ravenscroft .... first assistant director
Simon Sansone .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Rob Anderson .... construction manager
Mark Caruana .... construction manager: Malta
Segan Friend .... stand-by props: second unit, Scotland
Katy Harvey .... stand-by art director (as Katy Pain)
David Horrill .... property master (as David 'Springer' Horrill)
Shay Leonard .... stand-by props
Steve Parnell .... dressing props
Sui Rajakaruna .... assistant art director
Carroll Samut-Tagliaferro .... production buyer: Malta (as Carroll Samut Tagliaferro)
Astrid Sieben .... art director: Luxemnourg
Glenn Start .... stand-by painter
Tony Statham .... scenic
Sophie Tyler .... assistant buyer
Chris Watson .... stand-by carpenter
Ray Wilson .... stand-by rigger
Olivier Wojcik .... scenic painter
Peter Wood .... dressing props
Byron Broadbent .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster (uncredited)
Justin Chappell .... carpenter (uncredited)
Rohan Harris .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lee Crichlow .... dialogue editor
Paul Cridlin .... sound maintenance engineer
Stephen Griffiths .... dialogue editor (as Steve Griffiths)
Paul Hamblin .... dubbing mixer
Graham Headicar .... sound effects editor
Stefan Henrix .... sound effects editor
Stuart Hilliker .... dubbing mixer
Becki Ponting .... dialogue editor
John Taylor .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Roderick Pulis .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Glenn Foster .... stunt performer
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator
Sean Rogers .... stunt performer
Lyndal Smith .... stunt performer
William Willoughby .... stunt performer (as Will Willoughby)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Bell .... focus puller: "b" camera
Andrew Hamilton .... lighting gaffer
Tim Palmer .... additional photographer
Mike Parsons .... electrician
Richard Potter .... best boy
Tony Sankey .... grip
John Saunders .... electrician
Tony Slater-Ling .... camera operator
Tony Slater-Ling .... clapper loader: additional unit
Max Bestle .... underwater camera operator (uncredited)
Luan Hall .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Preca Trapani .... underwater camera loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Valerie Schiel .... casting advisor: Luxembourg
Stephen Moore .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sally Crees .... costume assistant
Nicola Foy .... set costumer (as Nicola Gelder)
Anna Kot .... assistant costume designer
Janet Tebrooke .... costume supervisor
Carmen Agius .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Stephen Miles .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Sjolander .... embroidery (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Kevin Horsewood .... colorist
Jo Walker .... assistant editor
Michael Williams .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Terry Davies .... musical director
Steve Parr .... music engineer
 
Transportation Department
Enyo Mortty .... driver: Julian Farino (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jo Beckett .... assistant location manager
Luke Boyle .... assistant production coordinator
Chris Brown .... animal supervisor
William Conacher .... voice and dialect coach
Maxine Davis .... production accountant
Mavis Formosa .... production assistant: Malta (as Mavis Farmosa)
Francesca Jaynes .... choreographer
Howard Kingston .... production executive
Patricia Kretschmer .... production assistant: Luxembourg (as Patricia Kretscmer)
Gerard Naprous .... horsemaster
Simon Nixon .... location assistant
Kay Raven .... animal supplier
Janice Schumm .... script supervisor
Helen Stanley .... production secretary
Amanda Stevens .... location manager
Rebecca Sutton .... production coordinator
Martin Tweddell .... assistant accountant
Colin Azzopardi .... location assistant (uncredited)
Philip Ball .... stand-in (uncredited)
Peter Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Pierre Ellul .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Francesca Galea .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Francois Muller .... facilities (uncredited)
Jamie Voss .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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147 min (2 parts)
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The white and blue windowpane check gown worn by an extra at the London party where Byron meets Annabella Milbanke is the same costume Emma Thompson (Elinor Dashwood) wears while explaining Col. Brandon's offer to Edward in Sense and Sensibility (1995). This costume is also the same costume Billie Piper (Fanny Price) wears in Mansfield Park (2007) (TV), Rosamund Stephen (Henrietta Musgrove) wears on the long walk in Persuasion (2007) (TV), Victoria Hopkins wears in "The Regency House Party" (2004), and Honeysuckle Weeks wears in the sketch "Plots & Proposals" in Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings (2000) (TV).See more »
Quotes:
Annabella Milbanke:What did you mean when you said you've done evil?
Lord Byron:Nothing, I was bored.
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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Is this the man whose life we're supposed to envy?, 25 May 2007
Author: Boris-57 (bonzothegod@hotmail.com) from Brussels, Belgium

OK OK, it might be hard to put the entirety of a man's life in one film. Traditionally therefore, biopics focus on one or two significant parts in the subject's life. Now, Byron was a "my week beats your year" fellow, which makes selecting parts that are representative even harder. Furthermore, just as Byron's poetry is inseparable from his life, the man's life itself must be seen as a whole. Lifting parts out is not only not showing the whole picture, it's showing a different picture altogether.

Now, in short my review comes down to this: supposedly, Byron was indeed the "my week beats your year" prototype, a guy who lived so intensely that he indeed did more in his 15 or so active years than most do in an entire lifetime. True, he had setbacks and was a victim of the time and social setting he lived in - but in the end, this dude is supposed to be the prototype whose life we'd all want to lead, no? Well, I did NOT, at ANY moment, want to live the life depicted in this film. So it gets 3. Not for being so badly done (which, direction-wise, it more or less was), but more importantly for missing the point entirely in a flat plot.

Some more detail. Well, to over simplify things, a Byron bio should have two distinct episodes: 1. Post-first Europe trip: England and his rise to fame + marriage / 2. His life abroad. Now, the important thing is that the SECOND part should be at least as important as the first. Not only was it a lot longer, but the most significant change in Byron took place then. Furthermore, it's where he created his best works (Don Juan, the Vision of Judgement etc. - all the stuff that makes him *really* unique in English literature).

Instead, in this film (a) Byron's life never comes across as even remotely entertaining, (b) it only gets *worse* after he leaves England. They did two good jobs: first, they started at his return of his Europe trip (though a bit more of the actual trip would have been welcome as a prologue), second, they chose an angle, and they chose his incestuous love for Augusta (who is rather perfectly cast). The problem with this last thing is that they never let it go. True, Byron remained strongly attached to Augusta for the rest of his life, but, especially as he was such a mood swing person, the fact that his letters reflect that does not mean that at other times he might not have completely enjoyed life.

Anyway, the first part of the TV film should have ended with him leaving England. There's no doubt about that. The thing is: once abroad, a life of debauchery began (with the infamous Geneva period), but in Italy Byron also discovered a new life, both for his poetry (inspired by Italian comedy), already in Venice, and for himself when he found the Contessa Teresa Guiccioli and moved to Ravenna (afterwards, at the request of Shelly, with Teresa, to Pisa). In other words, he was also *liberated*. His mind and life opened up (and not only in the decadent sense), while England's closed further as it fell into the gravitational pull of the Victorian age. True, freedom was Augusta-less, but this bitter-sweet freedom tastes sour in this film. We see a lonely, bored snob getting older.

I mean, hell, Byron never thought much about his poetry, except when he finally found his own voice in Don Juan! Apart from poetic and romantic developments, his relationship with Shelly (and the down-break) should have been more documented. Also, it is in Italy in Ravenna that he gets involved with politics and revolutionary ideas. This is important, as it shows that the decadent romantic and ultimately escapist language and person of Childe Harold is changing into the more planted-in-life realistic and lighter passion of the language and person of Don Juan. Life and work are one. True, still a bit naive, but it's what got him to Greece! And the whole thing came full circle in Pisa, where Shelley's revolutionary spirit further ignited the spark. Missolonghi wasn't the bored snob suddenly looking for some action. It was the insights in Italy (the Gambas) stirring him into action. It can be a symbol for the man looking for some ancient-style battle excitement while the rest of Europe becomes fixed in the clay of modern reason and conservatism. But it wasn't just that, there was a true inspiration behind it. Meanwhile, Byron wrote massive amounts of Don Juan. True, his end is a bit sad, but it's not like he's worn out. THAT is the essence of Byron's life: he may have had some strong emotional attachments (2: Augusta and Teresa), but EVERY time he managed to reinvent himself truly. Meaning that he wasn't 'less' at the end of his life - no, he'd made a physical and mental JOURNEY that, at the time, few people were prepared to make.

I wonder. Why is it that so often the second period in Byron's life is overlooked? Because it had less obvious conflicts, as the man was finally coming to his own? In focusing our attention on the frustrated England years fraught with scandals, we show ourselves to be not much better than the English aristocracy at the time, which Byron so despised, and which, despite the fact that he had no choice, he *willingly* fled in 1816, to find a world that was modern and liberal enough to let him find the voice that would make him the first romantic plainspoken language poet and evolve from a self-obsessed snob to a passionate man moving onward with a cause.

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