DIRECTOR - Julian Jarrold
Descended from the founders of Jarrold Department Store, which has been in business since 1770. His father is president of the John Jarrold Printing Museum.
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Painted Lady 1998, Unrated)
Great Expectations 1999, Unrated)
All the King's Men 2000, Unrated)
White Teeth 2003, Unrated)
Anonymous Rex 2004, Unrated)
Kinky Boots 2006, PG-13)
Becoming Jane 2007, PG)
I wasn't expecting much to be honest but I was very pleasantly surprised! This is a gem, it's very underrated and by the looks of it overlooked and possibly misunderstood. The acting is good (Julie Walter's overacting is at a minimum), the script is brilliant (and keeping with the content) and the direction is perfect! The editing can be a little shaky at times but it soon gets overlooked as you get sucked into the story and characters. I might even watch Sense and Sensibility now. I say might. I'd happily watch this again though, Julian Jarrold is a director to look out for!
Brideshead Revisited 2008, PG-13)
Red Riding: 1974 2009, Unrated)
A dark and gritty beautifully crafted thriller. Made for TV films aren't supposed to be this good, this is by far the best thing that's been on British TV for years and it has since opened the gates for other great dramas. The cast is perfect, the trilogy actually making a few peoples careers. Loosely based on real events and with that very realistic British 1970's feel that they got down perfectly. I real thrill, I can't wait to see the second part....
Worried About the Boy 2010, Unrated)
The Girl 2012, Unrated)
I'm a a big fan of Hitchcock but I don't know whether I believe this turn of events or not, my review is certainly not based on whether I believe it or not but rather on the film itself. I'll start by saying I thought it was brilliant. The direction is beautiful, it looked so good with a mix of classic early 60's camera techniques to nods towards the great director himself. The cast is great, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton and Carl Beukes put in great performances in their supporting roles but Toby Jones and Sienna Miller are on brilliant form. I've long been a fan of Sienna Miller, the media are always putting her down, for no good reason and it has always overshadowed her fantastic acting achievements. Much like Tippi Hedren, here she really proves herself. Toby Jones is also another brilliant actor who seems to be overshadowed, often by the fact he always seems to have direct competition in roles he plays, usually a few months earlier to take all the credit and interest. He is so much more than an funny looking slightly overweight gentleman, he is a fantastic acting talent. It is a shame people can't see past the fact he doesn't (and never really could) look like Hitchcock. They miss the fact that he has got his mannerisms down to a tee, most notably his walk. He sounds just like him too and I thought he did a fantastic job. Made for TV films aren't supposed to be this good!