|Film & Television|
This full-length feature film version of Blake’s memoir stars Jim Broadbent as his father, Juliet Stevenson as his mother, Gina McKee as his wife, Sarah Lancashire as Aunty Beaty and Colin Firth as Blake himself. The director is Anand Tucker, the producer Elizabeth Karlsson, and David Nicholls did the screenplay. Released in the UK October 5 2007. View Trailers, Official UK Film Site. Sony Classics web site, with gallery
A short film based on Blake’s story of the same title, which follows a father’s desperate search to recover his child’s stolen bike. Simon McBurney stars and Susanna White directs.
An hour-long documentary, produced in the wake of the Bulger case, which traces the history of contrasting versions of childhood down the ages. Blake’s text – a long narrative poem – is offset by interviews with various experts on childhood, including Gitta Sereny and Nicholas Tucker. The film also incorporates cine footage from Blake’s childhood and a poignant visit to his dilapidated childhood home. Directed by Susanna White and produced by Jane Root for Wall to Wall.
BBC 2 documentary which explores the idea of the North-South divide in terms of landscape as well as people – much of the film was shot from a helicopter, and ranges from Yorkshire and Cumbria to Suffolk and Sussex. For an essay on the same subject, see Too True, pp298-307
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