Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears – Walter & June (1983)

Synopsis
Sequel to Walter (1982).

Walter (Ian McKellen) is a mentally disabled man who depends on his parents for his survival. So when his mother and father die, Walter’s future is thrown into question. With nowhere to go, Walter is put into a poorly run state mental institution. In these new, harsh surroundings, Walter befriends a schizophrenic woman named June (Sarah Miles). As their bond grows, the pair’s affection turns to romance — and soon they plot their escape from the hospital, hoping to begin a new life in London. Read More »

Stephen Frears – Walter (1982)

Synopsis
This English film examines the state of social programs in Britain during the 1980s through the case of a mentally retarded man who’s thrust into the system. Walter (Ian McKellen) works at a factory and lives with his mother (Barbara Jefford) and father. When his parents suddenly die, Walter is abruptly sent to a mental hospital, where he is mistreated. The hospital experience is a disaster, save for June, another mentally retarded patient, who falls in love with Walter. Read More »

Stephen Frears – The Burning (1968)

Plot summary:
A white South African sets out with her grandson and coloured cook and chauffeur for her weekly visit to her sister’s farm, unaware that a black uprising is taking place. Read More »

Stephen Frears – One Fine Day (1979)

Quote:
George Phillips, a middle-aged Londoner, works as an estate agent for the firm of Frobisher, Rendell and Ross. His home life is soured by clashes with his wife over whether their teenage son’s girlfriend should be allowed to sleep over at their house, a situation the timid, melancholic George dislikes but hasn’t the guts to forbid. His professional life is dominated by his attempts to find a buyer for Sunley House, a once-fashionable 1960s office block which has lain unoccupied for over a year. When his wife leaves for Colchester to look after her elderly father, George avoids conflict with his son by sleeping over at Sunley House. Meanwhile, his workplace rival, a younger man called Rycroft, is also trying to find a buyer for Sunley House (and thereby usurp George’s place in the firm). One morning George finds himself locked in and has to crash through a window to escape. When Rycroft finds the broken window, he sets out to find the culprit. Read More »

Stephen Frears – Afternoon Off (1979)

Quote:
Lee, a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, despite speaking very little English. Told that a girl called Iris might be interested in him, on his afternoon off work he buys a box of chocolates and sets off to find her. Read More »

Stephen Frears – Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Quote:
“Prick Up Your Ears” is the story of Orton and Halliwell and the murder. They say that most murderers are known to their victims. They don’t say that if you knew the victims as well as the murderer did, you might understand more about the murder, but doubtless that is sometimes the case. This movie opens with a brutal, senseless crime. By the time the movie is over, the crime is still brutal, but it is possible to comprehend. Read More »

Stephen Frears – Gumshoe (1971)

Synopsis:
Ginley (Albert Finney) is a nightclub bingo caller eager for a career change. On his thirty-first birthday, he advertises himself as a private eye in the newspaper. He dons a trench coat, and begins engaging others in rapid-fire dialogue as if he were Humphrey Bogart, or some Dashiell Hammett creation. Soon after, Ginley is phoned by a fat man, who gives him a package containing a gun, a photograph, and a large sum of money. Eventually Ginley is investigating a case involving smuggling of weapons as well as drugs. Read More »