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The Personal History of David Copperfield

(Rated PG)

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The reliably witty Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin, Veep) delivers again with this briskly paced, mightily entertaining reimagining of Charles Dickens' classic 1850 coming-of-age tale. Brought up by his doting single mother, the life of David Copperfield (Dev Patel) takes a turn for the worse when a new, cruel step-father comes on the scene, and sends the young David off to work in his factory. He eventually finds a safe haven in the home of his wealthy aunt Betsey Trotwood (Tilda Swinton), where he begins to pursue his dream of becoming a gentleman and an author. With a superbly talented supporting cast including Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Laurie and Gwendoline Christie, the laughs barely let up in this brilliant take on a timeless classic.

Official Selection
— Toronto International Film Festival 2019
“A wonderfully entertaining adaptation bursting with fantastic comic performances”
— The Observer
“Rattles and zings like a pinball machine... A bracing, entertaining, richly satisfying experience”
— The Guardian
“Charming and hilarious... The funniest and most entertaining adaptation of this story to date”
— Little White Lies
“A breezy, brilliant treat”
— Empire

Why You Should See This Film

Besides starring two of our favourite actors, Dev Patel and Tilda Swinton (reason enough, really), The Personal History of David Copperfield also serves as a very welcome comic reprieve from the current stresses of the outside world. Iannucci and regular collaborator Simon Blackwell’s talent for biting satires pairs well with Dickens, and scored them the British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay late last year.


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  • Year: 2019
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Armando Iannucci
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Dev Patel
  • Duration: 119 minutes
  • Language: English
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