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Synopsis

Writer - Director Tony Britten's version of Puccini's 'La Boheme' is a ground breaking new take on an opera classic. Utilising Actor/Singers and a funny but hard hitting script, the film seeks to achieve the sort of accessibility that MUSIC THEATRE LONDON is renown for in the theatre.

Four young men, an artist, a playwright, a musician and a live in the 'Withnail' - like squalor of booze, dope and bad behaviour. Into this world enters the mysterious Mimi. She and the playwright, Rudolfo, fall in love and everything has to change. Rudolfo's immaturity is reflected in obsessive jealousy, and failure to notice Mimi's drug problem. The lovers part, and only when Mimi comes back to the squat to die, does Rudolfo comprehend the depths of his love, and the boys realise that growing up is violent and irrevocable.

Shot on location in South East London, the combination of humour, pathos and the urban reality makes this a million miles away from the conventional opera film.

Details

Year
2000
Type of film
Features
Running Time
93 mins
Format
Betacam Sp, Digi Beta
Director
Tony Britten
Producer
Clive Donner
Executive Producer
Clive Donner
Editor
David Hillier
Screenwriter
Tony Britten
Director of Photography
Sam McCurdy
Sound
Toby Alington
Music
Giacomo Puccini, Tony Britten (Arranger)
Principal Cast
Mary Lincoln, Graham Mackay Bruce, Darry Knock, Maria Kessleman, Nigel Planer

Genre

Production Company

Music Theatre London Films Ltd
Chertsey Chambers
12 Mercer Street
London
WC2 9QD
UK

T 020 7240 0919