The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield

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This retelling of the Dickens novel by Armando Iannucci (‘In the Loop’, ‘The Death of Stalin’), puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on this British literature classic, proving some stories truly are timeless.

From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield (Dev Patel) is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all.

Inspired by Dickens’s own whimsical, politically provocative and brutal sense of humour, Iannucci makes us laugh, but also makes us think about why some people are funnier than others, tapping into the fury and despair of bright men who, when it comes to spontaneous wit, are clueless. With a great script, and a cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie, Ben Wishaw and Peter Capaldi.