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The Film

Director: Joe Wright

Producers: Paul Webster, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan; Co-producer: Jane Frazer

Distributed by: Working Title Films

Release date: 2007

Writing credits: Ian McEwan (novel) & Christopher Hampton (screenplay)

Director of Photography: Seamus McGarvey

Costume Designer: Jacqueline Durran

Principal Cast & Characters:

    Celia: Keira Knightley
    James McAvoy
    Briony (at thirteen):
    Saoirse Ronan
    Briony (at eighteen):
    Romola Garai
    Brenda Blethyn
    Juno Temple
    Patrick Kennedy
    Paul Marshall:
    Benedict Cumberbatch

The film adaptation of McEwan's novel Atonement was recently nominated for seven Golden Globe, including:

Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Best Actress (Keira Knightley)
Best Actor (James McAvoy)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Saoirse Ronan)
Best Director (Joe Wright)
Best Screenplay (Christopher Hampton)
Best Original Score (Dario Marianelli)


On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony's sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had never before dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination, and Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt for which will colour her entire life.

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(selected items)

'Penguins moved as cameras roll', BBC News, 5 August 2006.

'In brief: Vanessa Redgrave and Brenda Blethyn find Atonement', The Guardian, 21 June 2006.

Hencke, David. 'Redcar scrubs up for starring role in film version of Atonement', The Guardian, 24 May 2006.

'McEwan's Atonement heads for big screen', The Guardian, 4 April 2006.

Coveney, Michael. 'A talent to adapt', The Guardian, 4 March 2006 [On Christopher Hampton].

Novels:    The Cement Garden    The Comfort of Strangers    The Child in Time    The Innocent    Black Dogs       
Enduring Love    Amsterdam    Atonement    Saturday    On Chesil Beach   Solar   Sweet Tooth
The Children Act
Stories:    First Love, Last Rites    In Between the Sheets   
  Children's Fiction:    Rose Blanche    The Daydreamer   
Screenplays:    The Imitation Game & Other Plays    The Ploughman's Lunch    Soursweet  
Oratorio / Libretto:    Or Shall We Die?      For You

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