An Awfully Big Adventure
First screened in May 2015
Director: Mike Newell. Cast: Georgina Cates, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Alun Armstrong, Peter Firth, Alan Cox, Prunella Scales, Rita Tushingham, Gerard McSorley, Clive Merrison, Carol Drinkwater, Nicola Pagett, Ruth McCabe, Edward Petherbridge, James Frain. Screenplay: Charles Wood (based on the novel by Beryl Bainbridge). Twitter Capsule:
Not always sure how to merge coming-of-age, sexual danger, backstage farce, Peter Pan. At least it tries?
Just ambitious enough in theme to survive some hoary moralizing and forced plotting. You feel the novelist's hand at work, though in its second hour, film feels more like its own thing.