Published on July 12th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds
It’s a Kind of Matt Smith
Ah yes, Matt Smith will soon be seen locking lips with his male co-stars in a heartfelt look at the life of author Christopher Isherwood, in the BBCâ€™s Christopher and his Kind.
As reported previously, the film tells the story of Isherwood’s (Smith) escape from repressive English society and his suffocating relationship with his mother, Kathleen, played by Adelaide Brooke herself Lindsay Duncan (The Waters of Mars, of course, and Criminal Justice, Thatcher) for the decadent â€“ and politically unstable â€“ world of 1930s Berlin.
Invited into this hedonistic cabaret by his friend W. H Auden, played by Pip Carter (Party Animals) Isherwood becomes intoxicated by the thriving gay subculture, starting a passionate love affair with a street cleaner called Heinz, played by Douglas Booth (Worried about the Boy)
It’s only when this affair ends that Isherwood begins a journey of self discovery.
The drama is based on the 1970â€™s memoirs by Isherwood of the same name.
Isherwood drew inspiration from his time in Berlin to craft Goodbye to Berlin, the first novel to feature the character Sally Bowles, who then appeared in the adaptation for the stage I Am a Camera which itself was adapted in the musical Cabaret, for which Liza Minnelli won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Sally.
Also during this time Isherwood met Gerald Hamilton, a peculiar man who became the inspiration for Isherwoodâ€™s novel Mr Norris Changes Trains. Hamilton is played by the Dream Lord himself Toby Jones (Amy’s Choice, and Frost/Nixon)
Matt and Lindsay Duncan had previously worked together on stage in Polly Stenhamâ€™s That Face about a dysfunctional middle-class family hitting the skids.