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Felicity Jones ... Nelly

John Kavanagh ... Rev. William Benham
Tom Attwood ... Mr. Lambourne
Susanna Hislop ... Mary

Tom Burke ... Mr. George Wharton Robinson
Tommy Curson-Smith ... Geoffrey
David Collings ... Governor

Michael Marcus ... Charley Dickens

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Mrs. Frances Ternan

Perdita Weeks ... Maria Ternan

Ralph Fiennes ... Charles Dickens
Richard McCabe ... Mr. Mark Lemon
Gabriel Vick ... Mr. Berger

Mark Dexter ... Mr. Augustus Egg
Joseph Paxton ... Mr. Pigott
Sophie Russell ... Miss Ellen Sabine

Christos Lawton ... Mr. Evans
Gwendolen Chatfield ... Marney Dickens

Charissa Shearer ... Katey Dickens
Amber Batty ... Georgina Hogarth
Jeremy Assouly ... Francis Dickens
Declan Walker ... Alfred Dickens
John Joe Bitcliffe ... Sydney Dickens
Harry Harmon ... Henry Dickens

Joseph Harmon ... Edward 'Plorn' Dickens

Joanna Scanlan ... Catherine Dickens

Tom Hollander ... Wilkie Collins

Amanda Hale ... Fanny Ternan
Daphne Neville ... Victorian Lady
Jonathan Jaynes ... Racegoer

Michael Hadley ... Sir Peter
Tony Wood ... Heckler
Geoffrey Freshwater ... Sir Oliver / Mr. Buckstone

Jonathan Harden ... Charles / Mr. Arnott

Charlotte Hope ... Young Prostitute
Tahirah Sharif ... Ternan Maid

Michelle Fairley ... Caroline Graves
Ophelia Standen ... Harriet Graves
James Traherne ... Policeman
Daniel André Pageon ... Elderly Frenchman (as Daniel Pageon)
Odile Gash ... Elderly Frenchwoman
Philippe Smolikowski ... French Doctor
Assiba Abes ... French Midwife

Grahame Fox ... Station Guard

Steve Morphew ... Ticket Collector

Laurence Spellman ... Train Porter
Sally Leonard ... 1st Young Lady
Tallulah Harlech ... 2nd Young Lady
Ethan Andrews ... Jean Marie (Margate Schoolboy)
Sebastian Coates ... Jean Baptiste (Margate Schoolboy)
Harry Crichton-Miller ... Jean Paul (Margate Schoolboy)
Jack Curtin ... Obenreizer (Margate Schoolboy)
Jacob Greenhouse ... Landlord
Ethan Radus ... Vendale
Henry Davidson ... Musician
Jorrit Donner-Wittkopf ... Musician
Euan McGregor ... Musician
Giacomo Mallucci Harper ... Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lasco Atkins ... Mr. Telbin (uncredited)
Francesca Bennett ... Wet woman (uncredited)

Christopher Jenner Cole ... Painter (uncredited)
Hannah Cooper-Dean ... Evening Lady (uncredited)

Claire Daly ... Mrs. Lambourne (uncredited)
Gemma Garvin ... (uncredited)
Caroline Kilpatrick ... Lady Teazle (uncredited)
James Littlewood ... Dickens's Servant (uncredited)
Stuart Matthews ... Theatre Audience Member (uncredited)

James Michael Rankin ... Evening Man (uncredited)

John Warman ... Stage Hand (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Fiennes 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Abi Morgan  screenplay
Claire Tomalin  book

Produced by
Maya Amsellem .... executive producer
Christian Baute .... producer
Carolyn Marks Blackwood .... producer
Sharon Harel .... executive producer
Stewart Mackinnon .... producer
Eve Schoukroun .... executive producer
Andrew Semans .... assistant producer: Magnolia Mae Films
Gabrielle Tana .... producer
Stephan Trockle .... assistant producer
Kevan Van Thompson .... co-producer
Original Music by
Ilan Eshkeri 
Cinematography by
Rob Hardy 
Film Editing by
Nicolas Gaster 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Production Design by
Maria Djurkovic 
Art Direction by
Nick Dent (supervising art director)
Sarah Stuart 
Set Decoration by
Tatiana Macdonald 
Costume Design by
Michael O'Connor 
Makeup Department
Zoe Brown .... hair and makeup artist
Hannah Edwards .... hair and makeup artist
Nicola Mount .... hair stylist
Lesley Noble .... crowd hair and makeup artist
Jane Oginsky .... makeup trainee
Marc Pilcher .... hair and makeup artist
Laura Pollock .... junior makeup assistant
Natalie Reid .... hair coordinator: crowd
Natalie Reid .... makeup coordinator: crowd
Alex Rouse .... wig maker
Jenny Shircore .... makeup & hair designer
Sam Smart .... hair stylist
Laura Solari .... hair and makeup artist
Karen Teitge .... crowd makeup and hair
Sarah Weatherburn .... facial hair maker (uncredited)
Production Management
Meg Clark .... post-production supervisor
Brian Donovan .... unit production manager: additional photography
Polly Hope .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Cockren .... crowd third assistant director
Sekani Doram .... assistant director: dailies
Toby Hosking .... first assistant director: additional photography
Ben Howard .... second assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... crowd second assistant director
Josh Robertson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dominic Ackland-Snow .... construction manager
Nicky Ackland-Snow .... construction coordinator
Huw Arthur .... stand-by art director
Marc Beros .... hod scenic painter
Annie Bishop .... graphics assistant
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster
Temple Clark .... storyboard artist (concept artist)
Ian Cooper .... chargehand dressing props
Peter Dibden .... stand-by props
James Enright .... props
Peter Hallam .... property master
Rohan Harris .... scenic artist
Lisa Heathcote .... home economist
Peter Hooper .... supervising greensman
Jon Marson .... key greensman
Caroline Pool .... junior draughtsman
Tyrone Reed .... stagehand
Marco Anton Restivo .... assistant art director
Terry Royce .... stand-by props
Jamie Shelley .... painter
Mark Sindall .... standby props
Julian Walker .... decor and lettering artist
Stuart Walpole .... props daily
Krysia Whitty .... set dec assistant
Rebecca Wood .... props
Sound Department
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Matthew Collinge .... sound re-recording mixer: Supervising Sound Editor
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer
Sebastian Dale .... assistant dialogue editor
Glen Gathard .... foley mixer
Peter Hanson .... sound editor
James Hyde .... adr recordist
Peter Lindsay .... production sound mixer
Tushar Manek .... mix assistant
Kate Morath .... boom operator
Rob Prynne .... foley editor
Barnaby Smyth .... foley artist
Andy Stallabrass .... adr mixer
Michael Lee Taylor .... sound assistant
Oskar von Unge .... adr recordist
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Edward Draycott .... special effects technician
Peter Haran .... senior special effects technician
Jason Troughton .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Alenskas .... visual effects artist
Michael Allen .... paint/prep artist
Jaume Arteman .... senior digital compositor: Molinare VFX
Chris Bentley .... titles coordinator
Lizzie Bentley .... matte painting
Sule Bryan .... digital compositor
Hélène Bécourt .... visual effects coordinator
Vincent Goodsell .... digital compositor
Katie Goodwin .... visual effects editor: Molinare
Meg Guidon .... visual effects producer
Simon Kilroe .... visual effects artist
Leila Nicotera .... visual effects coordinator: One of Us
Paul Norris .... visual effects supervisor
Abigail Scollay .... digital compositor: One Of Us
Asa Shoul .... digital colourist
Nishanth Shrinivasa .... visual effects artist
Victor Tomi .... roto/paint artist
Shanaullah Umerji .... visual effects producer
Howard Watkins .... head of design: titles
George Zwier .... on set visual effects supervisor
Rowley Irlam .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
Paul Brewster .... best boy
Alex Collings .... camera trainee
Adam Dorney .... second assistant camera
Harry Elvin .... crane/remote head technician
Steve Fitzpatrick .... pre-rigger
Charlie Gray .... behind the scenes photographer
Victoria Hanna .... central loader
Nick Kenealy .... video assist operator
Stephanie Kennedy .... video assist operator
Chris Knoll .... electrician
Dan Lowe .... rigging gaffer
Nick Mitchell .... electrician
Jennie Paddon .... first assistant camera
Julian Perrin .... electrician
Sam Phillips .... key grip
Dave Sherman .... electrician
Aimee Spinks .... assistant photographer
Tom Stansfield .... grip trainee
Alan Stewart .... additional photography
Josefine Thieme .... camera trainee: dailies
Thomas Thomas .... electrical chargehand
Roger Tooley .... steadicam operator
Kieran Waites .... electrician
Julian White .... gaffer
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Rosalind Drury .... extras casting
Candy Marlowe .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Alford .... costume cutter
Stella Atkinson .... costume maker trainee
Graham Docherty .... costume dailies
Nicola Foy .... costume maker
Georgina Gunner .... costume supervisor
Imogen Hose .... costumer
Sam Keyte .... costume maker
Catherine Lovett .... costume assistant
Maja Meschede .... assistant costume designer
Kathryn Mysko Von Schultze .... costume maker
Hayley Nebauer .... costume maker
Lisa Robinson .... costume maker
Sunita Singh .... costume assistant
John Usher .... costumer
Cecile Van Dijk .... costumer
Wyn Vaughan-Humphreys .... principal standby
Wyn Vaughan-Humphreys .... set costumer
Emma Walker .... textile artist
Chan Chi Wan .... costume maker
Editorial Department
Mike Andrews .... digital film technician
Michelle Cort .... digital intermediate conform editor
Theresa Crooks .... digital intermediate conform editor
Tim Drewett .... digital intermediate conform editor
Jahanzeb Hayat .... rushes coordinator
Andrew Jadavji .... first assistant editor
Matt James .... digital intermediate manager
Lisa Jordan .... senior post producer: LipSync Post
Steve Knight .... digital intermediate coordinator
Steve O'Leary .... colorist/rushes
Steve Owen .... data transfer
Gareth Parry .... on-line editor
Katie Shahrokh .... post production manager
Tom Sugden .... digital intermediate conform editor
Jamie Welsh .... digital intermediate conform editor
Katelin Westwood .... data transfer
Music Department
Josine Cohen .... music coordinator
Jessica Dannheisser .... orchestrator
Stephen McLaughlin .... music producer
Paul Saunderson .... music programming
Transportation Department
Jim Adams .... unit driver
Tony Molyneux .... unit driver
Jason Mortlock .... driver: Mr Fiennes
David Rosenbaum .... driver: cast
David Rosenbaum .... transportation captain
Dave Williams .... facilities account manager
Other crew
Laura Anderson .... accounts assistant
Laura Anderson .... accounts trainee
Daisy Baldry .... production assistant
Jacqui Barr .... marketing executive
Donna Casey .... first assistant accountant
David Davoli .... additional legal counsel
Daryl Francis .... unit medic
Sam Gordon .... assistant to producer
Olivia Grant .... production assistant
Linda Gregory .... production accountant
Julia Hall .... senior designer: titles
Michael Harm .... location manager
Iona Harris .... director's assistant
Annie Hitchcock .... set production assistant
Cat Ho .... location assistant
Lucy Howell .... assistant accountant
Tobin Hughes .... unit manager
Jack Ivins .... additional set pa
Francesca Jaynes .... choreographer
Mercy Liao .... sales executive: for WestEnd Films
Ryan Locke .... head of security
Shazia Majeed .... unit nurse
Emma Mallett .... production coordinator
Cristina Manlises .... production assistant
Michela Marini .... key set production assistant
Tim Maw .... location manager
Alex Molden .... assistant production coordinator
Umberto Schramm .... location runner: dailies
Katie Shahrokh .... post-production manager
Asha Sharma .... unit location manager
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Annabel Wigoder .... development executive
Simon Beresford .... the producers wish to thank
Eddie Dias .... thanks
Rob Garvie .... thanks

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Rated R for some sexual content
111 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones, who play lovers in this movie, also worked together in Cemetery Junction (2010), in which they played father and daughter. In a 2013 interview with Jones and Fiennes on NPR, Jones said that it was "weird" and "very Freudian" to go from playing one relationship to the other, but Fiennes disagreed, saying "It's just a job. Come on."See more »
Anachronisms: When collecting cash for the hospital, there is an 1895 Crown coin on the plate. Charles Dickens died in 1870.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Fatal Attraction of Charles Dickens., 11 February 2014
Author: Bo Atdrinks from United Kingdom

I did not plan to see this film, feeling that seeing 'The Invisible Woman' did not offer me anything unexpected, however a quirk of fate meant that I was fated to see it. This is rather appropriate, since fate seems to play an important part in this film.

Film opens on a beach. A woman is striding along it with a most purposeful gait. However she has rather a distracted manner about her. As the film develops, through long flash-back scenes, we learn about her earlier life.

The woman, really no more than a slip of a girl, is Nelly, played by Felicity Jones. Nelly is an actress, part of an acting family. A play is the device which causes Nelly to meet the famous writer Charles Dickens, played by actor Ralph Feinnes.

This film is a true story of how their meeting changed their lives. In style it reminded me of 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' (1981). Like that film, this one too jumps backwards and forwards in time. However, unlike 'TFLW', this film is not a film within a film. Although, having said that, the play where they met, does set the tone for the film. This is of course a story of fatal attraction, however there are no bunny-boilers in this film. Here rather, the protagonists, play out to the full, the hand dealt by destiny.

The film is set in the Victorian era. This was a time of high moral standards that restricted freedom in social behaviour. It was also a period of much (secret) hypocrisy. All this is captured well in the film. Captured too, is the keen eye of Charles Dickens, which made him justly famous. This is shown well in a key scene.

Charles Dickens was very famous, and his celebrity-status has an almost modern-day feel to it. He is a larger-than-life character, the life-and-soul of the party, a real party animal. Other actors could have played the role, the excellent Simon Callow has in the past, however one year on from his title-role in 'Lincoln', once again Ralph Feinnes becomes the character he is playing. Not for one moment do you doubt that you are seeing Charles Dickens in this film.

Wilkie Collins, a friend of Dickens, is played by Tom Hollander. This supporting role is well played by this versatile actor. Last year, he impressed this reviewer, with his two contrasting roles in 'About Time' and 'Byzantium'.

While the men in this film are shown enjoying life to the full, the same cannot be said about the women. In the title role, and completely deserving of her top billing, Felicity Jones gives a pitch-perfect performance. We see an innocent girl mature, realize the realities of her situation and the times, but at the same time remaining gutsy and upholding her standards. These inner struggles are at the heart of this film.

Nelly's mother is played by Kirstin Scott Thomas, and she gives a very subtle performance, that perfectly captures the ambiguities of the situation, and the time. Joanne Scanlan, has perhaps a very hard role, playing Mrs Dickens. She is the mother of his large brood of children, some still young children. However the scenes between husband and wife show that they are very different and convey problems in the marriage. Mrs Dickens seems a rather stoic figure. She is not portrayed very sympathetically, but rather as dull, quiet and unimaginative. In this film, the part of Mrs Dickens, was never going to be an easy or sympathetic one, but Miss Scanlan delivers a believable and poignant one.

All of the women in this film show that they are trapped by their environment. Their choices are limited, and this is shown well in the film, as well as by the actresses playing their parts.

The last film I saw at the cinema, previous to this, was 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Agent'. Like that film, this one too is directed by one of the actors, and also directed well too. Mr Feinnes demonstrates a fine directing eye. I particularly liked, the slightly disconcerting shots; the complete silence that emphasised the enormity of the passion, the extreme close-ups that reinforced the concept of memories. Even the short horse race scene, which at first seemed artificial, ended authentically, and very cleverly conveyed the anticipation, immediacy, and speed, of a race. From the first bustle onwards, costumes and all other aspects of this period drama seemed truly authentic and without a wrong note. Bravo! Mr Feinnes, Bravo!

This thought-provoking period-drama has elements of love, romance and tragedy. It is a perfectly crafted piece of work and a fitting tribute to all involved. True story. 10/10. Bravissimo!

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