Monday, October 14, 2013

Christopher and His Kind

2011 British Television Movie

Cast: Matt Smith, Imogen Poots, Lindsay Duncan, Perry Millward, Toby Jones, Pip Carter, Alexander Doetsch and Faolan Morgan
Director: Geoffrey Sax
Writer: Kevin Elyot, based on the autobiography by Christopher Isherwood

In 1931, budding British author Christopher Isherwood goes to Berlin, where he becomes entranced with the city's decadent cabaret scene.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 67%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • This screen version differs substantially from Christopher Isherwood's memoir Christopher and His Kind. Following its publication in 1976, Isherwood's former lover Heinz Neddermeyer, shocked at its frankness, never communicated with him again.
  • In addition to Christopher Isherwood, his fellow writers W.H. Auden and Gerald Hamilton are characters in the film.
  • The BBC gave director Geoffrey Sax strict instructions that Matt Smith, at the time the star of their hit series Doctor Who, was never allowed to be shown nude. In a newspaper interview, Sax said, "They told me I must not show Doctor Who's bare bottom. They were quite firm about that, even though Matt was playing an entirely different character. They have invested a lot in him as the 11th Doctor and were due to make a second series with him, so they were obviously anxious to protect their property. So I said, 'OK, you won’t see his bare behind'."
  • The dolphin desk clock seen in the film was the actual clock that belonged to Christopher Isherwood while he lived in Berlin. It was lent to the film's production by Don Bachardy, Isherwood's longtime romantic partner, who visited the set during filming.

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  • The autobiographical events depicted in Christopher and His Kind were Christopher Isherwood's inspiration for his novels Goodbye to Berlin and Mr. Norris Changes Trains, often published together under the title The Berlin Stories. These stories were in turn the inspiration for the stage productions (and later films) I Am a Camera and Cabaret.
  • Christopher Isherwood is also the subject of the documentary Chris & Don: A Love Story.

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