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Any Human Heart Adaptation

Any Human Heart

An adaptation of William Boyd's best-selling novel, Any Human Heart tells the story of Logan Mountstuart's long and rackety life, one which spans every decade of the twentieth century, in all its fantastic and humdrum, dangerous and tranquil, tragic and humorous aspects.

Starring Jim Broadbent and Matthew MacFadyen

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Waste of Shame by William Boyd

A Waste of Shame

This is the story of the celebrated and mysterious love-triangle that lies behind Shakespeare’s sonnets. Who was the “fair youth” that so enthralled the playwright? Who was the “dark lady” that tormented him with lust and hate?  The film attempts to solve the mystery.

Starring Rupert Graves, Zoe Wannamaker and Anna Chancellor.

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Man to Man

Africa, 1870, three anthropologists hunt and capture two pygmies for study back in Europe, in an attempt to illustrate the link between man and ape. But the partnership between the three men starts to deteriorate as the human cost of their exploration affects them differently.

Starring Joseph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas and Hugh Bonneville.

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Armadillo by William Boyd


One morning, loss adjuster Lorimer Black keeps a routine business appointment, only to discover that his client has hanged himself. It's a bad start to the day by any standards and the beginning of a sinister chain of events that turns Lorimer's world upside down and inside out in ways he could never have foreseen.

Starring James Frain, Catherine McCormack and Stephen Rea.

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Sword of Honour

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Evelyn Waugh, Guy Crouchback joins the World War II effort as an older soldier because he feels a pure calling to fight evil. Sweeping across Europe, from pre-war England to missions in Vichy France, Crete, Egypt, and more. All the while, Crouchback fights his own demons along with the Nazis.

Starring Daniel Craig, Megan Dodds and Leslie Phillips.

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The Trench

It is a place 8ft wide, 600 miles long, man-made and God-forsaken.

A group of soldiers spend their last days in the trenches, taking the audience through their thoughts and fears, before the battle of the Somme in 1916.

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A Good Man in Africa

A darkly witty drama that explores the political, social, and sexual gamesmanship of a group of British and African politicians. Morgan Leafy, a British diplomat who has been assigned to the British High Commission of Ninjana, an African nation slowly divesting itself of colonial rule suddenly finds himself embroiled in a diplomatic crisis as well as countless romantic entanglements.

Starring Sean Connery, John Lithgow and Colin Friels.

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The biography of Charlie Chaplin, filmmaker extraordinaire. From his formative years in England to his highest successes in America, Charlie's life, work, and loves are followed. While his screen characters were extremely hilarious, the man behind "The Little Tramp" was constantly haunted by a sense of loss.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Dan Akroyd and Geraldine Chaplin

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Tune In Tomorrow

Martin works at the local radio station, where a new scriptwriter of great reputation has just taken residence. Martin is also conducting an affair with his aunt Julia, not related by blood. The scriptwriter starts using their affair as inspiration and soon the pair not only hear their affair played out on the radio, but also what will happen next!

Starring Keanu Reeves, Peter Falk and Barbara Hershey.

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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

Released under the title of Tune In Tomorrow in America, this is an adaptation of Mario Vargas Llosa’s great semi-autobiographical novel. A romantic comedy about a love affair between a young man and his aunt Julia (no blood relation), that finds its way onto a daily radio show, much to the surprise of the couple involved!

Starring Keanu Reeves, Peter Falk and Barbara Hershey.

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Mister Johnson by William Boyd

Mister Johnson

In 1923 British Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson is an oddity - an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with either the natives or the British. He considers himself an English Gentleman, though he has never been to England. He is always trying to get ahead, which lands him in a lot of hot water with both his own people and his Colonial Masters...

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Maynard Eziashi and Edward Woodward.

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Scoop adapted by William Boyd


An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s comic masterpiece. William Boot writes a nature column for the Daily Beast entitled 'Lush Places' about life on his country estate. All is fine until the paper's foreign editor confuses him with a war reporter, and the bewildered Boot is dispatched to East Africa to cover a major political crisis.

Starring Denholm Elliot, Malcolm Maloney and Donald Pleasence.

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Stars and Bars Film by William Boyd

Stars and Bars

A classic comedy from the 80s. A British art expert travels across America in order to purchase a rare Renoir painting in the South but comes across some crazy characters in the process.

Starring Daniel Day Lewis, Harry Dean Stanton and Joan Cusack.

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Dutch Girls by William Boyd

Dutch Girls

A British prep school hockey team head to Amsterdam for a tournament and the boys, all big talkers but completely inexperienced, expect to make time with the local girls despite the watchful eye of their clueless chaperone.

Starring Colin Firth, Bill Paterson and Timothy Spall.

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Good and Bad at Games by William Boyd

Good and Bad at Games

This is a tale of revenge: a viciously bullied, persecuted boy at boarding school decides to take his revenge on his tormentors ten years later.

Starring Anton Lesser, Dominic Jephcott and Martyn Stanbridge.

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Man to Man by William Boyd
Sword of Honour by William Boyd
The Trench by William Boyd
A Good Man in Africa Film by William Boyd
Chaplin by William Boyd
Tune In Tomorrow by William Boyd
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by William Boyd
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It is 1939. Eva Delectorskaya is a beautiful 28-year-old Russian émigrée living in Paris. As war breaks out she is recruited for the British Secret Service by Lucas Romer, a mysterious Englishman, and under his tutelage she learns to become the perfect spy.

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