was written in English in December 1963.
urns stand on the stage. From each, a head protrudes a man
and two women. The play tells the story of a love triangle, and
each character narrates a bitter history and their role in it. On
the stage, each head is provoked into speech by an spotlight. In
the film, the camera takes the role of the spotlight.
take warning, never admit.'
Minghella has written many stage plays, including Child's
Play, Whale Music
and Made in Bangkok. He was voted Most Promising
Playwright in 1984 by the London Theatre Critics, who also gave
Made in Bangkok the Best New Play award
in 1986. His first film as a writer/director Truly, Madly, Deeply was a great success both in Britain and
in the US, winning several awards. The
English Patient, which he adapted for the screen and directed,
has won more than 30 awards, including nine Academy Awards, including
Best Picture and Best Director, two Golden Globe awards and six
BAFTAs. The Talented Mr Ripley, which Anthony adapted for the screen and directed,
was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay,
and for seven BAFTAs, including Best Film, Best Director and Best
unfinished doctoral thesis was on Beckett. Play was the first play I ever directed,
in a double bill with Happy
Days. There was a time, for five years, when I read Beckett
almost on a daily basis. The sense of language and poetry in his
writing has been the single biggest influence on me as a writer.'
screen roles of Alan Rickman
('M') are as numerous as his roles on stage. He has performed in
many of Britain's most renowned theatres and his work with the Royal
Shakespeare Company also took him to Broadway with a production
of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. His television
credits include the BBC's Romeo
and Juliet and Spirit
of Man and HBO's Rasputin,
which in 1996 earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.
His many film credits include: Pat O'Connor's The
January Man; Minghella's Truly, Madly, Deeply; Tim Robbin's Bob Roberts; Ang Lee's Sense
and Sensibility; Neil Jordan's Michael
Collins; and Paddy Breathnach's Never
Scott Thomas ('W1') has appeared in numerous films both in Europe
and in the US. Her most memorable roles include The
English Patient, The Horse
Whisperer, Somebody to Love, Mission: Impossible, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Bitter Moon, among many others.
Stevenson ('W2') has worked extensively in theatre, television,
film and radio. She has performed in several productions with the
Royal Shakespeare Company, including Measure for Measure and Troilus and Cressida, earning two Laurence
Olivier nominations for Best Actress. Other theatre work includes
The Country at the Royal Court, Yerma at the National Theatre, and Death and the Maiden, also at the Royal
Court, for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress. Her
film credits include: Truly,
Madly, Deeply, directed by Anthony Minghella; Drowning
by Numbers, directed by Peter Greenaway; and
Who Dealt, directed by David Bailey.