Sunday, March 6, 2011

Christopher And His Kind

Current Dr Who Matt Smith stars in a one-off drama which chronicles the formative years of English-American writer Christopher Isherwood, whose works include Goodbye to Berlin, which comes to BBC Two at the end of March.
Matt Smith stars as Christopher Isherwood with Lindsay Duncan playing his mother, Kathleen.

Christopher Isherwood escapes repressive English society and his suffocating relationship with his mother, Kathleen, for the decadent – and politically unstable – world of Thirties Berlin.
The hedonistic Berlin cabaret scene is in full swing when a young and wide-eyed Christopher Isherwood arrives in the city, unable to speak a word of German. To Isherwood's reserved English sensibility, the city's thriving gay subculture is thrilling and intoxicating. But Christopher soon finds himself heartbroken after the failure of a hopeless love affair and so sets out on a process of self-discovery...

21 year old Imogen Poots plays Jean Ross, an aspiring actress and singer who provided Christopher with the inspiration for the Sally Bowles character of Cabaret fame

Fast-rising star 18 year old Douglas Booth filmed his role as Heinz, a street cleaner who Christopher meets and falls in love with during his time in Berlin, before travelling to Hollywood to film his role as Miley Cyrus's love interest in LOL.

Also look out for 18 year old Perry Millward (now represented by Curtis Brown) playing Christopher Isherwood's younger brother Richard.  As a child actor, Perry appeared in the inside look at Sylvia Young's Theatre School "When Will I Be Famous?" and many West End theatre productions. He will also be seen in the new ITV1 drama Monroe, playing Nick Monroe (James Nesbitt's son).

Christopher And His Kind was filmed on location in Belfast.

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