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Part of SFFILM Festival

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Directed by Armando Iannucci

UK | Fiction | 120

12 Apr
Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Castro Theatre
Castro Theatre 429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States


Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, Festival 2009) reimagines Charles Dickens’ epic, autobiographical masterpiece as a curiously contemporary tragicomic adventure. An exuberant Dev Patel (The Man Who Knew Infinity, Festival 2015) sets an amiable tone as the eponymous hero enduring heartache, triumph, and every emotion in between on his way to becoming a writer in a delightfully multicultural 19th-century England. Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, and Ben Whishaw, offer indelible supporting turns in this sweeping dramedy rich in visual invention and buoyant wit.

“There’s been a dearth of successful big screen comedies in the past few years, with audiences rushing toward darker fare instead as a masochistic way of dealing with troubled times, but Iannucci’s joyous and crowd-pleasing tonic might well buck the trend. It’s a story that remains as witty and resilient as its main character and its charms, like David’s, remain impossible to resist.” –Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

Director Armando Ianucci

Glasgow native Armando Ianucci worked in radio and television before moving into film. Among his television writing credits are Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994-1995), The Armando Iannuci Shows (2001), I’m Alan Partridge (1997-2002), and Veep (2012-2019), which he created. He made his feature debut with In the Loop (Festival 2009), followed by The Death of Stalin (2017). The Personal History of David Copperfield is his third directorial feature.



Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 120

Country UK

Director Armando Iannucci

Producer Kevin Loader, Armando Iannucci

Writer Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell

Editor Mick Audsley, Peter Lambert

Cinematographer Zac Nicholson

Music Christopher Willis

Cast Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie