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HG Wells: War with the World

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Michael John

Synopsis

Like the other films (George Orwell, Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, Elizabeth David) in this critically acclaimed and award-winning biography strand, HG Wells takes a bold and innovative approach to dramatising the story of the author’s life, by using HG Wells’ own words.

HG Wells wrote his four best-known works, The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man and the Island of Dr Moreau in the space of just four years from the age of 29. His fame only increased with the eerily prophetic non-fiction writing which followed. Wells predicted the invention of tanks, nuclear war, biological warfare, television and the internet. Wells’ celebrity status enabled his pursuit of free love, winning him lovers like novelist Rebecca West and the enigmatic Russian Moura Budberg. It also gave him unprecedented access to world leaders like Roosevelt and Stalin.

This story tells the story of Wells’ transformation from self-confident womaniser, socialist radical and young literary prophet to burdened missionary, dedicated to creating a World State that will avert man’s headlong course towards imminent annihilation.

Details

Year
2008
Type of film
Features
Running Time
100 mins
Format
Super 16mm
Director
James Kent
Producer
Leanne Klein, Sias Wilson
Co-Producer
Leanne Klein, Sias Wilson
Editor
Gregor Lyon
Screenwriter
James Kent
Director of Photography
Michael John
Production Designer
Michael John
Sound
Lawrence Gardner
Music
Nick Powell
Principal Cast
Michael Sheen, Sally Hawkins, Sarah Winman, Dermot Crowley, Branka Katic, Jacek Koman, Kenneth Jay, Michael Cochrane, Rebecca Ramsden, Elizabeth Elvin, Keir Charles, Abigail Davies, Roger Heathcott, Thomas Fisher, Lady Sara Rönneke, Chris Wilson

Production Company

Wall to Wall
8-9 Spring Place
Kentish Town
London
NW5 3ER
UK

T +44 (0)20 7485 7424
F +44 (0)20 7267 5292

mail@walltowall.co.uk

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Company

Wall to Wall
8-9 Spring Place
Kentish Town
London
NW5 3ER
UK

T +44 (0)20 7485 7424
F +44 (0)20 7267 5292

mail@walltowall.co.uk