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William Ivory (written by) and
Noël Coward (extracts from the play "Private Lives")
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Release Date:
16 October 2013 (USA) See more »
Legendary acting duo and husband and wife, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor prepare for a 1983 theatrical production of the play, "Private Lives". Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Dominic West ... Richard Burton

Helena Bonham Carter ... Elizabeth Taylor

Greg Hicks ... Zev Bufman
Jeff Mash ... Journalist

Trevor White ... Journalist

Lenora Crichlow ... Chen Sam
Isabella Brazier-Jones ... Maria Burton

Lucille Sharp ... Liza Todd Burton

Stanley Townsend ... Milton Katselas

Sarah Hadland ... Kathryn Walker

William Hope ... John Cullum

Jessica Jones ... ASM (as Jess Doherty)

Michael Jibson ... Mike

Martin Sherman ... Reporter (as Martin T Sherman)

Cassie Raine ... Sally Burton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hannah Blamires ... Reporter (uncredited)
Chris Cowlin ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sophie Karl ... Journalist (uncredited)
Steve Munroe ... Passerby (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Laxton 
Writing credits
William Ivory (written by)

Noël Coward  extracts from the play "Private Lives" (as Noel Coward)
Alexander Walker  additional research material from the book "Elizabeth"

Produced by
Julie Clark .... production executive
Lachlan MacKinnon .... producer
Jessica Pope .... executive producer
Andrew Wood .... co-producer
Original Music by
John Lunn 
Cinematography by
David Katznelson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stuart Gazzard 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
John Stevenson 
Art Direction by
Ben Collins 
Set Decoration by
Sophia Chowdhury 
Costume Design by
Susannah Buxton 
Makeup Department
Lucy Cain .... hair designer
Lucy Cain .... makeup designer
Tamsin Dorling .... makeup supervisor (as Tamsin Barbosa)
Nikki Hambi .... make-up and hair: dailies
Carol Hemming .... hair stylist: Ms. Bonham Carter
Jenny Shircore .... makeup artist: Ms. Bonham Carter
Dana Kalder .... daily makeup artist (uncredited)
Suzi Long .... daily hair stylist (uncredited)
Suzi Long .... daily makeup artist (uncredited)
Alex Rouse .... wig maker (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Dall .... first assistant director
Tim Riddington .... first assistant director
Natasha Vincent .... third assistant director
Tracey Warren .... second assistant director
Matt Bensley .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Natalie Maloy .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ken Burnett .... dressing props
Sophia Chowdhury .... production buyer
Jo Hawthorne .... construction manager
Ben Johnson .... dressing props
Josh Jones .... standby carpenter
Gary Martin .... standby props
Adrian Platt .... property master
Quinn Robinson .... standby art director
Rebecca Salter .... art department assistant
Charis Theobald .... graphic designer
Laura Barden .... set decoration assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Antony Bayman .... sound effects editor
Simon Clark .... sound recordist
Sarah Howe .... boom operator
Keith Marriner .... adr editor
Keith Marriner .... dialogue editor
Howard Peryer .... second sound assistant
Adrian Rhodes .... dubbing mixer
Al Green .... mix technician (uncredited)
Sue Harding .... foley artist (uncredited)
Julien Pirrie .... foley editor (uncredited)
Julien Pirrie .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Harry Platford .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Mathias Schuster .... mix assistant (uncredited)
Caroline Singh .... sound assistant: dailies (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jo Amery .... visual effects artist
Ifor Ashton .... visual effects producer
Erik Ellefsen .... visual effects supervisor
Joseph Batten .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Ryan Tatum .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Ankit Vajpayee .... compositor (uncredited)
Nick Gillard .... stunt coordinator
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... grip
Mark Clayton .... gaffer
John Ellis Evans .... camera operator (as John Ellis-Evans)
David Groundwater .... camera operator: second unit
Benny Harper .... best boy
Tim Morris .... first assistant camera
Thomas Storey .... camera trainee (as Tom Storey)
Callum Watt .... grip trainee
Ben Wilson .... camera operator
Alex Bender .... second assistant: "b" camera (uncredited)
Ben Brown .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Leah Gallo .... unit still photographer (uncredited)
Des Willie .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lucy Rands .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathryn Blight .... standby costume
Nigel Egerton .... assistant costume designer
Vicky Salway .... costume supervisor
Rosalie Tyack .... costume trainee
Anita Kwasniewski .... costume assistant: dailie (uncredited ) (uncredited)
Sharon McCormack .... tailor (uncredited)
Jo Stobbs .... costume assistant: daily (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Sinéad Cronin .... on-line editor
Malcolm Crowe .... assistant editor
Lawrence Hook .... on-line assistant
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist (as Vince Narduzzo)
Maria Chamberlain .... assistant colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Golding .... music scoring engineer
Alastair King .... conductor (uncredited)
Alastair King .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Geary .... action vehicle supplier: Motorhouse
Harry Taylor .... driver: Helena Bonham Carter
Other crew
Isabel Chick .... production accountant
Julie Clark .... production consultant
Lynsey Cosford .... location assistant
Matt Curtis .... titles designer
Shakir Kadri .... set production assistant
Ani Kevork .... production secretary
Harriet Lawrence .... location manager
Donna Mabey .... production coordinator
Catherine Moulton .... script editor
Helene Oosthuizen .... script supervisor
David Powell .... locations runner
Hayleigh Roberts .... production runner
Neil Swain .... voice coach
Natasha Vincent .... floor runner
Jp Caldeano .... crew support (uncredited)

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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

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Factual errors: Elizabeth Taylor's "beauty spot" was on the right side of her face, whereas on Helena Bonham Carter's it appears on the left side.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
They couldn't be together but they couldn't be apart, 17 October 2013
Author: gradyharp from United States

The DVD of this BBC film for television is yet to be released in the US so the first introduction to what is actually a very fine film was presented to the American audience in piece meal fashion on the BBC network: 7 minutes of story then 4 minutes of commercials then 7 more minutes of story, etc - for 2 hours. It grows wearisome to see two character studies so well sculpted cut up into a puzzle by commercialism's greed. The uninterrupted DVD should correct that flaw and will likely be a stunning experience. Richard Laxton directs a screenplay by William Ivory (no, not THAT Ivory family...), but the kudos for the success of this film go to Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West who manage to reincarnate Li and Dick with consummate skill.

Elizabeth Taylor (Helena Bonham Carter) invites her ex-husband - twice married, twice divorced in one of the last century's most tempestuous and media focused couplings - Richard Burton (Dominic West) to her fiftieth birthday party where, as a recovering alcoholic, he refuses to get drunk with her. She obviously still retains her obsession and passion for him and suggests that they star in a stage revival of Noël Coward's play Private Lives that Liz is to produce. The agreement and announcement causes gossip with the press who speculate a possible romantic reconciliation. With a new girlfriend and the prospect of playing King Lear, Burton is not happy with the project, especially with Taylor's pill-popping and her lack of stage experience, which causes problems at rehearsals: Taylor has not even read the play before day 1 of the rehearsals. The play opens to a critical trashing but is extremely popular with audiences because they want to see Liz Taylor and, when she is ill, numbers dwindle and the show is put on hold. After a two-month run, with a projected tour, the curtain comes down and Taylor tells Burton she has always loved him and still does. Richard and Elizabeth go their separate ways, but they did sort out their differences and remain friends, and apparently they only communicated by telephone and letter, until his death in 1984. Taylor died in 2011.

The supporting cast, especially Lenora Crichlow as Liz' dresser Chen Sam and Stanley Townsend as the play's director Milton Katselas, is strong for the small amount of time they are on screen. The spectacle is the obsessive relationship between two very strong characters and fortunately both actors give excellent impersonations and recreations. We are allowed to see and understand their differences and frustrations.

Grady Harp

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