The Personal History of David Copperfield

June 15

This exuberant gambol through Dickens’ novel is set in the Victorian era but revels in London as we know it today: culturally diverse, socially mobile, humane and harsh, as ripe with possibilities as it is rife with pitfalls. A sparkling film that rediscovers the classic we thought we knew.

“And then there’s the cast, a multi-ethnic treat whose diversity is neither text nor subtext, but a reminder that the alabaster complexions of many a costume drama should not be mistaken for historical accuracy.” Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

8 BIFA awards

Starring
Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw

Post-screening Q&A with the film’s producer Kevin Loader

Film Information

Title The Personal History of David Copperfield
Directed by Armando Iannucci. Screenplay by Simon Blackwell.
Language English
Country UK
Genre comedy, drama
Classification PG
Running Time 119 mins
Release Year 2020
Subtitles No
Colour Yes