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Another Life (2001)

A woman is wrongly accused of murdering her husband in the early 1920s, in London.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Little ... Edith Jessie Thompson
Nick Moran ... Percy Thompson
Ioan Gruffudd ... Frederick Edward Francis Bywaters
Imelda Staunton ... Ethel Graydon
Rachael Stirling ... Avis Graydon
Tom Wilkinson ... Mr. Carlton
Diana Coupland Diana Coupland ... Mrs. Lester
Michael Bertenshaw Michael Bertenshaw ... William Graydon
Daniel Brocklebank ... Newnie
Elizabeth McKechnie ... Mrs. Thompson
Judy Clifton Judy Clifton ... Nora Lester
Simon Paris Simon Paris ... Sgt. Mew
Alex Potter Alex Potter ... Young Billy
Anton Gregory Anton Gregory ... Young Harold
Rikki Doughty Rikki Doughty ... Young Freddy


Just before the outbreak of World War I, Edith Graydon married her boyfriend Percy Thomson. He survives the war but theirs is not a happy marriage. She doesn't really love him and he feels it every day. He's also possessive and their daily life is a constant battle. She meets and falls in love with Frederick Bywaters, her sister's one-time boyfriend. They have a long affair and her desperate attempts to get either a formal separation of divorce from her husband falls on deaf ears. They are at their wits end and Bywaters decides to do something about it. On a dark evening when Edith is walking with her husband, Bywaters stabs him to death. Edith is charged with murder along with Bywaters and both are found guilty. She claims her innocence right up until the day they are both executed by hanging in 1923. Base on a true story. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

15 June 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hiú ábrándok See more »


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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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The film takes place in 1921 and 1922. See more »


Wicked Fib
Music by James McConnel
Lyrics by Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Performed by Natasha Little
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Period film - not quite Edwardian
22 June 2014 | by jacqueestorozynskiSee all my reviews

I was interested to see this film as a relative of mine shared a flat with one of the Thompson family and my family remember the case as we came from the same area. Another connection is that I was an extra on the film. The clothes we had to wear weren't Edwardian at all it was definitely twenties. The film seems to have vanished and having searched on Amazon I found it is on DVD so I am looking forward to seeing it at last. As it was made in 2001 I would like to know where it has been hiding all this time. In the court scenes that I was in Natasha Little and Ioan Gruffudd were excellent. It seems a shame that it didn't publicised further because it definitely should have been seen far and wide.

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