Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations has been adapted ten times before on film, be it for TV, direct-to-DVD or for theatres. The latest version, directed by Mike Newell (Prince of Persia, Donnie Brasco), was released in the UK a year ago this October and is finally getting some big screen time on North American shores.
If you’re unfamiliar with the famous tale, here’s a rundown: As a young orphan boy Pip lives with the local blacksmith and his shrewish wife. He apprentices as a blacksmith until he meets two people who will have a great impact on his future: an escaped convict and Estella, a young girl. After several years, Pip learns a secret benefactor decides to fund his becoming a gentleman. As he learns the identity of his secret benefactor, he also learns the true meaning of joy and life.
This film stars a myriad of familiar English actors and actresses you’ve seen before including Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Sally Hawkins, Robbie Coltrane, Ewen Bremner and Jason Flemyng. Newell directs an adapted screenplay by David Nicholls (One Day, Starter for 10).
Great Expectations will hit theatres in Canada & the US on November 8th.