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Stuart A Life Backwards

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Laurence Cendrowicz

Synopsis

When Stuart Shorter – a homeless alcoholic with a violent past – meets writer and charity worker Alexander Masters, they strike up an unlikely friendship. As Alexander learns more about Stuart’s complicated life and traumatic childhood, he asks if he can write his story and Stuart advises him to tell the story backwards, so that it's 'more exciting - like a Tom Clancy murder mystery'. As their remarkable alliance develops, Stuart gradually recounts his life story in reverse, his resilient personality and dry sense of humour giving the story an almost tragi-comic edge.

Through post-office heists, attempts at suicide and spells inside numerous institutions, Alexander is given a glimpse into a totally alien world and begins to understand how Stuart's life spiralled so badly out of control.

Details

Year
2008
Type of film
Features
Running Time
90 mins
Format
16mm
Director
David Attwood
Producer
Sam Mendes, Tara B Cook, Rupert Ryle-Hodges
Co-Producer
Sam Mendes, Tara B Cook, Rupert Ryle-Hodges
Editor
Pia Di Ciaula, St. John O' Rorke
Screenwriter
Alexander Masters
Director of Photography
Ulf Brantas
Production Designer
Donal Woods
Sound
Clive Derbyshire
Music
Rob Lane
Principal Cast
Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicola Duffett, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Adam Payne

Production Company

Neal Street Productions
26-28 Neal Street
London WC2H 9QQ
UK

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