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Stuart: A Life Backwards, BBC
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
I desperately want and need this material on the com. This is one of my favourite pieces of drama of all time - I adore it and I love it to pieces. It is a BBC film featuring my two favourite actors - Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy. They are the leading actors of their generation and both deliver outstanding performances in this film.

Photo courtesy http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/

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Based on the acclaimed book by Alexander Masters, STUART: A LIFE BACKWARDS is the unconventional non-fiction biography of homeless alcoholic Stuart Shorter. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Masters, a reclusive writer and illustrator who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Shorter, portrayed with a quiet intensity by Tom Hardy, during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison.

As the pair get to know each other, more and more portentous details of Stuart's traumatic childhood and turbulent adolescence come to light. Fascinated by how these events contributed to Stuart's current situation, Alexander encourages him to tell his life story - in reverse to make it 'more exciting – like a Tom Clancy murder-mystery'. Gradually with plenty of pathos, dry dark humour and without shying away from the more malignant aspects of Stuart's personality or the crimes committed, a very complex and tragic life is unraveled.

Raks's views:
This is a BBC drama/film - Let us give it up for the BBC! It is a hard-hitting social commentary and covers tough issues such as homelessness, drugs, alcohol and mental illness. It is powerful, moving, touching and, ultimately, heartbreaking. Both Benedict and Tom give the performance of their lives - this double act (Benedict and Tom) is better than Benedict and Jonny! The extras on the DVD are brilliant - there are incredibly long interviews with both Benedict and Tom. After Benedict, Tom Hardy is one of my longtime favourite leading actors - he is outstanding in this role. To be honest, looking at these photos I am drawn to the raw intensity of Tom Hardy. But, as I said, both Benedict and Tom are outstanding in this and the chemistry between them is tangible. Go Benedict, Go Tom!

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Photo courtesy http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/

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I agree that both TH and BC are outstanding in this, their characters and styles complimenting each other convincingly in the two roles. What haunts me most is the knowledge that it was not fiction, but the true account of a damaged life. Stories like Stuart's continue undocumented on all our city streets. The BBC should show it again...

"What haunts me most is the knowledge that it was not fiction, but the true account of a damaged life."
Exactly. The fact that Stuart committed suicide kills me. It is heart breaking. He had a lot to offer. Young men are taking their lives in great numbers on a daily basis. It is too sad.

"The BBC should show it again... "
It should be on a repeat loop - they should show it every weekend, straight after Dr Who!

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