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To the Lighthouse (1983)

A faithful dramatization of Virginia Woolf's novel. A lecturer, his family, the spinster Aunt Lily, an old friend, and a student, Charles Tansley, spend a summer in an isolated house in ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Ramsay
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Lily Briscoe
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Nancy Ramsay
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Prue Ramsay
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Charles Tansley
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Augustus Carmichael
Nicholas Gecks ...
Paul Rayley
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Andrew Ramsay
Craig Warnock ...
Jasper Ramsey (aged 14)
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Cam Ramsay (aged 7)
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James Ramsey (aged 6) (as Christopher Lahr)
Kristin Milward ...
Marie
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Jasper (aged 24)
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Cam (aged 17)
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A faithful dramatization of Virginia Woolf's novel. A lecturer, his family, the spinster Aunt Lily, an old friend, and a student, Charles Tansley, spend a summer in an isolated house in Cornwall just before World War I. The stern Mr. Ramsay scolds everybody, while Mrs. Ramsay is the linchpin in keeping the family together. Aunt Lily paints, and the family talk about sailing to the lighthouse, but the trip is always postponed. Written by Will Gilbert

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23 March 1983 (UK)  »

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A világítótorony  »

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The film was the first true independent production with the BBC. Keith Williams BBC Head of Plays, Ronnie Marsh the BBC Head of Co-Production worked with producer David Wilkinson to pioneer the " Reverse Co-Production".

The BBC provided the crew, equipment and post production services.

Wilkinson raised his funding from the Prudential Assurance which paid for the actors, extras, screenplay, rights to the novel, music, musicians.

Colin Gregg Films then owned the copyright and world rights to the film. The BBC had just two UK showings of the film.

It was one of 4 TV films nominated in 1983 for a BAFTA award. See more »

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It may be slow, but that is the way of life here in Cornwall
17 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a most excellent film, and it is great to see that the BBC choose the correct setting to film, Godrevy Lighthouse is a beautiful site and Godrevy itself a magical place, I visit it at least twice a week, and you can feel Miss Woolf's magical writing coming alive.

Yes it may be a little slow, but life has always been more laid back here, we the Cornish people see no reason for rushing around and still getting nowhere, take a tip from the film and the novel.

Sit back and enjoy life as it really should be, no mobiles, no ratrace. Good luck and try sometime in your life to visit Godrevy, its in Cornwall, near Gwithian, main town Hayle, in the UK look us up on the map.


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