An Awfully Big Adventure
Liverpool, 1950. Stella Bradshaw never knew her father and was abandoned at an early age by her mother. Now she lives with her Uncle Vernon and Auntie Lil. Uncle Vernon encourages her theatrical aspirations, hoping this will channel her fiery temperament and enormous energy. She gets a job as assistant manager at the Liverpool Playhouse, and falls in love – or imagines she does – with the charismatic actor/manager Meredith Potter. As the company’s production of Peter Pan approaches, actor PL O’Hara is summoned back to Liverpool to play Captain Cook. He is intigued by the blossoming Stella, and she loses her virginity to him. But she also loses a little more of her innocence as the company’s somewhat sordid personal dramas are played out in front of her wide open eyes.
He was born in a family of actors. He graduated in Cambridge and studied direction. He entered the Granada Television and became an independant director for the London Weekend Television and the BBC. Among his most popular dramas for TV, are Brassneck, Jill and Jack, Gift of Friendship and Baa Baa Black Sheep that won an Emmy Award. He made his first feature film in 1976. Three of his movies were shown at The Directors’ Fortnight in 1985, 1988 and 1995. Four Wedding and a Funeral was one of his biggest success in 1994.
Charles Wood, daprès le roman de Beryl Bainbridge
Production : Portman Wolfhound Productions, Londres, Grande-Bretagne Vente à l’étranger : UGC DA International, Neuilly, France