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  • Retiring to his cottage in Dorset Lawrence hopes to forget his past fighting in Arabia but soon he is drawn into political intrigue and his many enemies begin to plot against him. Was a motorcycle crash an accident or attempt at assassination by the British Secret Service? "Lawrence: After Arabia" tells the story of the last years of the life of the 20th century hero, T.E. Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence was a writer and poet with friendships with GB Shaw, Thomas Hardy, Henry Williamson, EM Forster, Siegfried Sassoon and others but he was also a political agitator and good friends with Winston Churchill. Lawrence lived at Cloud's Hill, his simple cottage near Bovington in Dorset where he spent years escaping the "Lawrence of Arabia" and hero epithets by using pseudonyms and changing his name. He still had strong ties with his Arab friends, was building bridges with Mosely and the Blackshirts and was also be prepared for a leadership position in the Secret Service. In common with many other soldiers, he suffered from depression and post traumatic stress disorder. His uncompromising and direct manner and beliefs created many powerful and influential enemies. Chronologically the story follows on from David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) with the late Peter O'Toole playing Lawrence and "Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia" (1990) with Ralph Fiennes who played the title role. The screenplay is a British period drama and a character study of a man that uses extracts from letters and other contemporaneous documents from the period to reconstruct the final years of Lawrence's life, the accident, inquest and his funeral and why the authorities want to eliminate him.


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  • The film is the story of the last years of the life of T.E. Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia - a soldier, spy, scholar, writer and reluctant hero and author of 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom' which documents his exploits in Arabia.

    Retiring to his cottage in Dorset having taken possession of his new Brough Superior motorcycle he hopes to escape his past and the press that constantly pester him but he is pulled into political intrigue by his old friend Winston Churchill. Churchill knows war is on the horizon and hopes to convince Lawrence that his talents as a soldier and spy could be used elsewhere.

    He is also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from his service in WW1 and has flashbacks of his childhood and wartime past. he struggles as to whether he should help Winston Churchill with all that would mean or retire into obscurity.

    He has many powerful friends, but is outspoken and with his uncompromising manner has made him dangerous enemies. As they plot against him he dies in what seems a tragic motorcycle accident just a few weeks into his retirement.

    However, with such dangerous enemies and many reasons to remove him was his untimely death an assassination and cover up by the British Secret Service?

    'Lawrence: After Arabia' is the final act in the TE Lawrence story which chronologically follows David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962) which starred Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence and 'Lawrence: A Dangerous Man' (1996) which starred Ralph Fiennes in the starring role.

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