11 January 2016

Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things 2003
  • Director: Stephen Fry
  • Based on book Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
  • Cast: Stephen Campbell Moore, James McAvoy, Emily Mortimer, David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Stockard Channing, Fenella Woolgar, Dan Ackroyd, Julia McKenzie, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Guy Henry, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Peter O’Toole, Harriet Walter, Richard E. Grant
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Stephen Campbell Moore – Amazing Grace, Hustle
    • James McAvoy – Filth, Wanted, Atonement, Becoming Jane, Starter for 10, Macbeth (retold) Inside I’m Dancing
    • Emily Mortimer – Hugo, Shutter Island, Lars and the Real Girl, Paris je t’aime, Dear Frankie, Young Adam, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Notting Hill, Elizabeth,
    • David Tennant – Fright Night, Hamlet, Dr Who, Extras, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    • Michael Sheen – Far from the Madding Crowd, Frost/Nixon, Blood Diamond, The Queen, Kingdom of Heaven, Wilde, Mary Reilly, Othello
    • Stockard Channing – Sparkle, Out of Practice, Practical Magic, First Wives’ Club, Moll Flanders, Edie & Pen, Smoke, Six Degrees of Separation, Grease
    • Fenella Woolgar – Mr Turner, Wah-Wah, Vera Drake
    • Dan Ackroyd – Blues Brothers, Grosse Point Blank, Feeling Minnesota, Driving Miss Daisy, Trading Places, Blues Brothers
    • Julia McKenzie – Cranford, Notes on a Scandal, Shirley Valentine
    • Harriet Walter – Star Wars the Force Awakens, Downton Abbey, The Young Victoria, Atonement, Babel, Keep the Aspidistras Flying, Sense and Sensibility
    • Jim Broadbent – Filth, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Another Year, The Young Victoria, Hot Fuzz, Vera Drake, Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge, Topsy-Turvy, Little Voice, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Richard III, The Crying Game, Enchanted April, Life is Sweet, Brazil, Black Adder
    • Simon Callow – Angels in America, Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Postcards from the Edge, A Room with A View, Amadeus
    • Guy Henry – Henry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Creation, Wallander, Lost in Austen, Extras, Starter for 10, V for Vendetta, Hustle
    • Imelda Staunton – Harry Potter, Another Year, Cranford, Taking Woodstock, Freedom Writers, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (retold), Nanny McPhee, Vera Drake, David Copperfield, Shakespeare in Love, Twelfth Night, Sense and Sensibility, Much Ado about Nothing, Peter’s Friends
    • Jim Carter – Downton Abbey, My Week with Marilyn, Cranford, Creation, Modigliani, Ella Enchanted, Shakespeare in Love, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Brassed Off, Richard III, The Madness of King George
    • Peter O’Toole – Stardust, Troy, Murphy’s War, The Lion in Winter, Lawrence of Arabia
    • Richard E. Grant – Colour Me Kubrick, Gosford Park, Keep the Aspidistras Flying, Twelfth Night, Cold Lazarus, Karaoke, The Age of Innocence, Dracula, Withnail and I
  • Why? James McAvoy, Stephen Fry.
  • Seen:  2 January 2016 

       What a cast!
       Adam Symes has written a novel called Bright Young Things about the scandalous excesses of upper class youngsters in England just before the Second World War. Unfortunately for him the manuscript is confiscated by customs officials. And he’s already been paid. This is just the beginning of his troubles. With the rest of his co-eccentrics he is involved in one absurdity after another.
       It’s amusing but there’s an undertone of despair. Well, of course there is. It’s the late ’30s.
       ‘What a lot of parties!’ Adam cries as everything falls apart. 

3 ½ * of 5



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