Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bright Young Things

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bright Young Things

Article excerpt

Stephen Fry's feature film debut as a director is an inventive adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's 1920s novel Vile Bodies.

Destitute writer Adam Symes (Stephen Campbell Moore) struggles to eke out a meagre living in London between the wars.

He is several weeks in arrears with his rent to his bawdy landlady Lottie Crump (Julia McKenzie), and a sure-fire betting tip leaves him seriously out of pocket when horse racing insider The Major (Jim Broadbent) vanishes with Adam's hefty pounds 1,000 stake.

Adam needs to raise money quickly, not only to keep a roof over his head but also to woo his sweetheart Nina Blount (Emily Mortimer).

She is the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat, Colonel Blunt (Peter O'Toole), and Adam's precarious social standing and poverty preclude any kind of romance between the pair of them.

Resigned to never consummating their love, Adam and Nina seek solace with their friends Miles (Michael Sheen), Agatha (Fenella Woolgar) and Archie (Guy Henry), collectively known as the Bright Young Things. …

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