Christopher and His Kind ()

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How real-life British-American author Christopher Isherwood and his German boyfriend Heinz met and fell in love during the 1930s and the rise of Nazism.


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Christopher Isherwood
Jean Ross
Kathleen Isherwood
Perry Millward ...
Richard Isherwood
Gerald Hamilton
Pip Carter ...
W. H. Auden
Caspar (as Alexander Doetsch)
Faolan Morgan ...
Frl. Thurau
Frl. Schmidt
Maggie Hayes ...
Frl. Mayr
Wilfrid Landauer
Bobby Gilbert
Heinz Neddermayer
Gertrude Thoma ...
Fr. Neddermayer
Gerhardt Neddermayer
Passport Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tarty Girl (uncredited)
Owen Dickey ...
Stage Manager (uncredited)
Tony Finnegan ...
Salesman (uncredited)
David Lloyd ...
German soldier (uncredited)
Hugh McLaughlin ...
German Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

Geoffrey Sax

Written by

Christopher Isherwood ... (based on the book by)
Kevin Elyot ... (written by)

Produced by

Michele Buck ... executive producer
Célia Duval ... producer
Kevin Elyot ... executive producer
Rebecca Keane ... executive producer
Eleanor Moran ... executive producer: BBC
Damien Timmer ... executive producer

Music by

Dominik Scherrer

Cinematography by

Kieran McGuigan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Paul Knight

Editorial Department

Dan Coles ... colorist
Siôn Penny ... on-line editor (as Sion Penny)
Rob Redford ... assembly editor (as Robert Redford)
Mandy Miller ... post-production paperwork (uncredited)

Casting By

Susie Parriss

Production Design by

Suzie Davies

Art Direction by

Gillian Devenney

Set Decoration by

Sophie Phillips

Costume Design by

Lorna Marie Mugan

Makeup Department

Laura Pollock ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Sevlene Roddy ... hair supervisor / makeup supervisor
Pamela Smyth ... hair designer (as Pam Smyth) / makeup designer (as Pam Smyth)

Production Management

Maree Gecks ... production manager
Damien Glenholmes ... unit manager
Jon Williams ... head of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Barry Keil ... first assistant director
Adam Philpott ... second assistant director
Samantha Ross ... third assistant director (as Sam Ross)
Chris McCormick ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Laura Campbell ... assistant graphic artist
Chris Cull ... property master
Kevin Fraser ... head painter
Sara Hayward ... standby art director
Darren Lyttle ... standby props
Catherine MacFerran ... assistant buyer
Pat McKane ... standby props
Christopher Moore ... dressing props
Simon Riley ... dressing props
Don Sturgeon ... set dresser
Dan Taylor ... graphic art director (as Daniel Taylor)
Billy Wilson ... dressing props
David Allcock ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
David Carson ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

Richard Davey ... dubbing mixer
Jack Gillies ... sound effects editor
Ronan Hill ... sound recordist
Simon Kerr ... sound maintenance engineer
Terry McDonald ... boom operator
Ben Norrington ... dialogue editor
Chris Treble ... dubbing mixer

Special Effects by

Donal Neill ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Martin Neill ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Tim Kilgour ... visual effects supervisor
Gareth Parry ... visual effects supervisor


Mathew Byrne ... stunt performer
Joe Condren ... stunt coordinator (as Jo Condren)
Dillon Kelly ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Paul Valentine ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Lynne Davison ... assistant camera: dailies
Andy Gardner ... focus puller: "b" camera
Pat Garrett ... grip
Seamus Lynch ... electrician
Dáire Mac An tSaoir ... camera: b camera (as Daire Mac An Tsaoir)
Giancarlo McDonnell ... gaffer (as Carlo McDonnell)
Rory Moles ... focus puller
Ger O'Hagan ... electrician
Eugene O'Sullivan ... electrician
Sean Savage ... camera operator
Ruth Woodside ... clapper loader
Steffan Hill ... still photographer (uncredited)
Keith Shanks ... lighting board operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

Vanessa Baker ... adr voice casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Donna Hughes ... costume assistant
Heather Long ... costume assistant
Stephen O'Rawe ... costume assistant
Sarah Touaibi ... costume supervisor
Kerry Gooding ... costume assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

Catherine Geary ... location manager
Chris Myers ... assistant location manager

Music Department

Terry Davies ... musical director
Shane McVicker ... musical arranger
Martin Thornton ... technical score assistant (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Roy McManus ... driver: props truck (uncredited)

Other crew

Don Bachardy ... consultant
San Davey ... script supervisor
Mirjam Dean ... german advisor
Paul George ... floor runner
Zara Hamill ... production team
Clair Hanson ... assistant accountant
Lucy McCutcheon ... production team
Brendan Mullin ... junior script editor
Sarah-Jane Peyton ... publicist
Sheila Price ... production accountant

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Plot Summary

In 1931 budding author Christopher Isherwood goes to Berlin at the invitation of his friend W. H. Auden for the gay sex that abounds in the city. Whilst working as an English teacher his housemates include bewigged old queen Gerald Hamilton and would-be actress Jean Ross, who sings tunelessly in a seedy cabaret club. They and others he meets get put into his stories. After a fling with sexy rent boy Caspar, he falls for street sweeper Heinz, paying medical bills for the boy's sickly mother, to the disapproval of her other son, Nazi Gerhardt. With Fascism rapidly rising Christopher returns to London with Heinz but is unable to prevent his return to Germany when his visa expires. Years later Christopher, now a successful writer, returns to Berlin for a final meeting with Heinz, now married with children. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Also Known As
  • Christopher et Heinz (France)
  • Christopher und Heinz - Eine Liebe in Berlin (Germany)
  • Christopher y los de su clase (Spain)
  • Christopher és a hozzá hasonlók (Hungary)
  • Кристофер и ему подобные (Russia)
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  • 90 min
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