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Cider with Rosie (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 27 September 2015
A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the Cotswolds during and immediately after the First World War.

Director:

Philippa Lowthorpe

Writers:

Ben Vanstone, Laurie Lee (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Spall ... Laurie Lee (voice)
Samantha Morton ... Annie Lee
Georgie Smith Georgie Smith ... Young Loll
Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen ... Frances (as Teddie Rose Malleson-Allen)
Dylan Turland Dylan Turland ... Young Jack
Georgia Brinkworth Georgia Brinkworth ... Young Phyl
Emma Curtis Emma Curtis ... Marge
Bebe Cave ... Doth
Shola Adewusi ... Mrs Moore
Matthew Steer ... Vicar
Annette Crosbie ... Granny Trill
June Whitfield ... Granny Wallon
Billy Howle ... Private James Harris
Sarah Sweeney ... Miss Buckley
Isabella Polkinghorne Isabella Polkinghorne ... Young Jo
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Storyline

In 1918, with her husband working in the War office - and subsequently leaving the family - devoted mother Annie Lee takes her step-daughters and her own children to live in the idyllic Gloucestershire countryside, the youngest being the sickly Laurie, known as Loll. Here they witness two feuding matrons, Granny Trill and Granny Wallon and shelter a young army deserter hiding in the woods until his capture. At school Loll and his classmates are terrorized by the formidable teacher Crabby until hulking Spadge Hopkins literally puts her in her place. Far more important to Loll's schooldays are the captivating Burdock sisters, Jo and Rosie, and, as he grows into adolescence and beyond, eventually leaving home to seek his fortune, he samples the delights of cider with Rosie. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cider with Rosie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Laurie Lee on writing Cider with Rosie: "I shut myself up two years in the process of writing it. I was down there on the edge of the Fulham Road (London) with blinds drawn. Two solid years, my friends never saw me. I wrote it three times. I sort of carved it about and chopped it down and refined it, yes there was a lot of sweat to it." (Source: 1959 BBC interview) See more »

Goofs

When Loll is at school and his form says the Lord's Prayer, they begin 'Our Father who...' but in the 1920s the older version 'Our Father which...' would have been used. 'Our Father who...' did not become common in England until the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

[Annie is upstairs nursing her new-borm baby. Jack goes up to see her]
Annie Lee: Hello, darling. How is everyone?
Young Jack: Oh, all right.
Annie Lee: You behaving yourself?
Young Jack: I've not broken nothin'.
Annie Lee: Good boy. What's everybody up to?
Young Jack: Marj is out in the yard, Doth's peeling spuds.
Annie Lee: What about the others?
Young Jack: Frances is cleaning her trolley and Phyl is sitting on the steps.
Annie Lee: What about our Lol?
[...]
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Playing sodgers
14 November 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Cider with Rosie is a text that almost everyone seems to read at school. I never did read the whole book but was always given extracts to work on. I expected this would be some kind of nostalgia filled reminiscence of childhood in Gloucestershire.

I liked young Loll surrounded in a busy household playing sodgers (sic) in the middle of The Great War. However it is a childhood where his father is absent and young Loll does not understand the brutality of the war or the deserter hiding in the woods.

At school he sits between two girls who will have an influence in his childhood and even his adult life.

The older Loll lacks the sweetness of his younger self, being gawky like many adolescents. However he discovers that at times the villagers need to stick together such as when the domineering teacher is placed on top of the cupboard to the delight of the rest of the class or in a more darker turn when a returning ex-pat, now wealthy is killed and robbed.

June Whitfield and Annette Crosbie play the two grannies living on the top and bottom of a house who communicate with each other by banging their broom handles on the floor or the ceiling.

Eventually Loll has that romantic encounter under the cart with Rosie fuelled with cider which acts as a sort of climax to the story.

I have to say this was not a great adaptation even though it was busy in places. We are told that Loll's mother went to see her husband after the war but we got to know little about him or why he abandoned his family. The 1998 television film gave more details about this.

This version of the film had narration by Timothy Spall as the voice of Laurie Lee reading extracts from the book in a very florid dialect which sounded unnatural and over the top to my ears. The 1998 film had narration recorded by Laurie Lee himself just before he died and that sounded more naturalistic.

However director Philippa Lowthorpe has worked hard to bring a different nuance to this version of the film.


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