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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Original Title: Great Expectations
Director: Mike Newell
United Kingdom | English
2012 | 128min. | Colour
Subtitles: No
Format: DCP
All Ages
Bringing an expert attention to Dickens – both the man and his works – along with a stellar cast and a quintessentially cinematic eye, director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) has crafted an adaptation of the Victorian classic that is utterly spellbinding. Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) fully inhabits the role of Pip, lending a brooding disquiet to the figure of the erstwhile blacksmith’s apprentice who finds himself spirited off to London and a gentleman’s life thanks to the largesse of a secret benefactor. The luminous Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) portrays Estella, the object of Pip’s unrequited love, with disarming sang-froid. The rest of the cast boasts top-flight British performers, including Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham-Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Sally Hawkins and Jason Flemyng (who comes close to stealing the show as Joe the blacksmith, Pip’s long-suffering friend and would-be father figure).

Never shying away from the darkness inherent in the story, Newell’s film sounds the emotional depths of the protagonists’ troubled upbringings – both Pip and Estella have suffered abuse and loss – and the consequences of their pasts on them as adults. This psychological realism is matched by the veracity of both of the narrative’s settings: the wild beauty of the marshes of Kent and the vulgar dynamism of a bustling 19th-century London, the latter recreated with ingenious digital wizardry. Atmospheric, intricate and commanding, this is Great Expectations as you have never seen it before.

– Kate Lawrie Van de Ven

Director,  Mike Newell

Director,  Mike Newell

Mike Newell was born in Hertfordshire, UK. He attended Cambridge University then completed a three-year training course with Granada Television. After success in television, he started in film with The Awakening (1980), enjoying his first critical success with Dance with a Stranger (1985) and eventually directing hugely successful and acclaimed films like Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Donnie Brasco (1997) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

Cast and Crew

Director
Mike Newell
Cast
Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger
Production Company
Number 9 Films
Music
Richard Hartley
Producer
Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen, Emanuel Michael, David Faigenblum
Screenwriter
David Nicholls
Editor
Tariq Anwar
Cinematographer
John Mathieson
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