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"Friends and Crocodiles" traces the relationship of maverick entrepreneur Paul Reynolds and his colleague Lizzie Thomas over a period of 20 years from the beginning of the Thatcher years to the rise of the electronic age and the dot-com bubble. Paul persuades Lizzie to work for him as his personal assistant, and becomes her mentor. She is inspired by his drive and creativity, but appalled by his lack of organisation and occasionally destructive anarchic lifestyle. After she calls the police to terminate an extravagant party which has got out of hand, they part, vowing never to meet again, but, over the years, their paths continually cross, as Lizzie rises through the corporate world and Paul's fortunes rise and fall. The play is an examination of the nature of personal relationships where work and ideas are more powerful drivers than sexual emotions, and also a panoramic view of the rapid changes in British society in the '80's and '90's. Written by
The title refers to a baby crocodile that main character Paul owns. Paul says he thinks something can be learned from crocodiles because they survived the meteor that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. See more »
Superb evocation of the spirit of three decades with rich and ultimately sympathetic characters
I watched the DVD of this film hot on the heels of catching Poliakoff's similarly excellent 'Capturing Mary.'
Here the range of sets and costumes are more lavish still with Damian Lewis and Jodhi May in the lead roles traversing a multitude of outfits and hairstyles as the story traverses three decades of British working life, capturing the ebbing and flowing spirits of the age in two evidently archetypal characters, both of whom are nonetheless developed in a rounded and sympathetic way and thus come across as real individuals.
The supporting cast is also exceptionally strong, portraying a breadth of distinctive characters who each help to paint in details of this era, from politicians whose personal lives brim with potential scandal to gifted children who grow up without channelling their promise in any direction.
I look forward eagerly to seeing more of Poliakoff's work.
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