A Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)

Director Armando Iannucci breathes new life into Charles Dickens’s classic tale of a young orphan who triumphs over many obstacles. While this sparkling – and starry – interpretation is set in Victorian England, Iannucci’s interpretation is modern, fresh and thoroughly charming. Dev Patel is a joyous David Copperfield is joined by a cast including Tilda Swinton as Betsey Trotwood, Hugh Laurie as Mr Dick, Peter Capaldi as the impossibly sunny Mr Micawber and Ben Whishaw as the gloriously creepy Uriah Heep. Colourful, bursting with good humour and energy, this is not your usual Dickens.

The Personal History of David Copperfield follows Copperfield from boy to man. Because it’s Dickens, the story begins with a hefty dose of tragedy: our hero’s father dies when David is still a child but his mother is warm and loving although very poor. When she marries a harsh and heartless man, David is sent to London to earn a living and it is there that his story takes off, as Copperfield narrates his lives, loves and changing fortunes along the way.

This film is a surprising turn for Iannucci, who is known more for biting satire and hilarious but sometimes viciously witty characters, but the director has long been fascinated by Dickens and his works and he has said that this is a film he has always wanted to make. With this heartfelt, joyous adaptation we can’t think of a better film with which to reopen our doors.

Thursday, September 9th 2021
Doors open at 7pm
Film starts at 7.30pm
Director: Armando Iannucci
Year: 2019
Certificate: PG
Running time: 1 hour 59 minutes  
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And, finally, the critics say…

“Armando Iannucci both respects and reinvents the novel in a wonderfully entertaining adaptation full to bursting with fantastic comic performances.,” Mark Kermode, The Guardian

“A vivacious adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, this is as wide-eyed and open-hearted as they come.” Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent

“it’s a very funny film, and the casting is brilliant. The inclusivity doesn’t feel at all odd or jarring.” Cath Clarke, The Big Issue