Glorious 39

Glorious 39 Synopsis

GLORIOUS 39 is a tense psychological thriller, from acclaimed director Stephen Poliakoff, about a young woman who uncovers dark secrets about Britain's relationship with Nazi Germany in the lead up to the Second World War.

In present day London a young man explores his family history, asking searching questions of his elderly cousins (Christopher Lee and Corin Redgrave). But as he asks more and more about a woman called Anne - are his motives as simple as they seem?

In the gorgeous summer of 1939, Anne (Romola Garai) seems to live a gilded life - a budding young actress, she's the adopted daughter of Tory grandee Alexander (Bill Nighy) and head-over-heels in love with Foreign Office official Lawrence (Charlie Cox). She discovers some innocent-seeming recordings of meetings - but as she begins to understand quite what her discoveries mean, a tangled web of dark secrets begins to unfurl. People who have come into contact with the recordings are threatened and even die. The innocent certainties on which her life has been based dramatically unravel and amidst a growing sense of menace and betrayal, she has to confront the bitter choice she will be forced to make.

News and Views

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Credits

Starring:

Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple, Hugh Bonneville, David Tennant, Jeremy Northam, Christopher Lee

Director:

Stephen Poliakoff

Producers:

Barney Reisz, Martin Pope

Screenplay:

Stephen Poliakoff

Executive Producers:

Sara Geater, Lorraine Heggessey, Jane Wright, James Atherton, Andy Ordonez, Sheryl Crown, Laurie Hayward

Distributor:

Momentum Pictures

Credits summary:

BBC Films, UK Film Council, Screen East Content Investment Fund and Quickfire Films in association with Momentum Pictures present a Talkback Thames production in association with Magic Light Pictures A Stephen Poliakoff Film

Certificate:

12A

Running time:

128 mins

Release Dates

Released

20 November 2009

Out on DVD

29 March 2010

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