Glorious 39

Glorious 39

2009 (UK) 129 min Drama Historical

Director
Stephen Poliakoff
    Cast
  1. Julie Christie
  2. Romola Garai
  3. Bill Nighy
  4. David Tennant

  5. Sales Agent
    The Works

      Links
    1. IMDB Entry
    2. Trailer

    Comments
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SYNOPSIS
Glorious 1939 is set between present-day London and the idyllic British countryside in the time before the beginning of the Second World War. At a time of uncertainty and high tension, the story revolves around the formidable Keyes family, who are keen to uphold and preserve their very traditional way of life. The eldest sibling Anne is a budding young actress who is in love with Foreign Office official Lawrence, but her seemingly perfect life begins to dramatically unravel when she stumbles across secret recordings of the pro-appeasement movement. While trying to discover the origin of these recordings, dark secrets are revealed which lead to the death of a great friend. As war breaks out Anne discovers the truth and flees to London to try to confirm her suspicions, but she is caught and imprisoned and only then does she finally begin to discover how badly she has been betrayed.

INTEREST PIECE

Glorious 39. – A true taste of British history.

Glorious 39 gives us a rich blend of class politics and a love story, combined with an insight into life just after the 1st World War in Britain – making for a down-to-earth and personal view of British family life at the time.

With a surprisingly realistic take on history, thanks to thorough Steven Poliakoff’s research and passion for authenticity, the all-star cast make this film a feast for the eyes – steering clear of the Hollywood approach to depicting the 1st World War.

An award winning line-up.

“As well as having the most brilliant string of successes for BBC television I think Stephen has become a British cultural figure – a key person in our cultural landscape, someone whose work is undeniably talking to a dedicated and passionate audience.” Martin Pope, Producer.

Writer/director Stephen Poliakoff is something of an institution in British filmmaking, whose work has won numerous Golden Globes, BAFTAs, EMMYs and PRIX ITALIA.

BAFTA award winning Bill Nighy and OSCAR-winning icon of British cinema, Julie Christie, have teamed up with younger British blood such as David Tennant and Romola Garai to make Poliakoff’s first film for over a decade.

BBC favourite, David Tennant was overjoyed to work with Poliakoff on ‘Glorious 39’ saying, “Over the last 10-15 years especially, Stephen has become something of a national institution – a sort of British treasure. He occupies a place in our culture that is quite unique. Everything he creates, whether for the big screen or TV is very intelligent, thoughtful and well crafted and still incredibly popular with a relatively wide audience.”

Stephen Poliakoff’s passion for writing about this little-known chapter in British history shines through. It was enough to brink him back to film-making, and he got all the support he needed from British institutions to do so, which Martin Pope recounts:

“BBC Films were always very supportive of the film and from the outset they

were determined to make this happen.  As the film was set in Norfolk, and the locations of the abbey and house were vital to Stephen, we made an early approach to Screen East, who were delighted to welcome Stephen back (as he shot a good deal of the Lost Prince in the region).

UK Film Council were very interested by the script, by a key director such as

Stephen making a return to cinema and by the amazing cast which were gathering round the project.  At the same time it was great to start working with Momentum, a key player in UK distribution, and with The Works, who have carved out a really distinctive position in international sales.  Finally of course it was great to be working together with Talkback Thames, who are Stephen’s long term partners on the television work.  Having assembled a

really great set of partners we were able to set the film up to allow Stephen to do what he does best.”

History in the making

Stephen Poliakoff cut no corners in the research of ‘Glorious 39’ – named after the famously hot summer of 1939 – and took to the personal diaries of many eminent politicians in pursuit of the truth behind the then foreign policy of appeasement. “There is a view,” cites Poliakoff by way of example, “that Chamberlain was this mild mannered chap who didn’t have it in him to be Prime Minister, but actually that’s far from the case. He was this incredibly dictatorial figure who could not be contradicted and he had his own network of spies.”

Poliakoff has investigated similar themes with his previous film and TV work, and himself comes from Jewish, Russian and English heritage. He has worked meticulously on recreating the mood of the nation at the time. “I’ve touched on this period before and the Holocaust, and I got to thinking and reading the diarists from that time and I realized what a close run thing it was that I’m here at all and indeed any Jew in Britain is here.”

When can I see it?

Glorious 39 will be showing as part of the From Blighty with Love season across Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore on the 5th of March, with a chance to speak to British filmmakers via live Skype chat after selected shows

REVIEWS
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