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Love and Death on Long Island
  1997    93 min    Drama
DIRECTOR: Richard Kwietniowski
SCREENPLAY: Richard Kwietniowski
NOVEL: Gilbert Adair

Key Cast
John Hurt Giles De'Ath
Jason PriestleyRonnie Bostock
Fiona Loewi Audrey

"[John] Hurt is the big news here. Dignified and dithery, he makes Giles one of the most charming predators in ages...To Giles, ecstasy comes in small packages. For viewers, this film is one of them." - Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

Plot Summary
The life of venerated English novelist Giles De'Ath is forever changed when he accidentally wanders into a screening of Hotpants College II. Just as he's about to storm indignantly from the cinema, his eye is captivated by Ronnie Bostock, a young, bit-part actor. Instantly besotted, Giles sets about collecting every available representation of Ronnie, from teen-mag pin-ups to low-budget videos. His obsession eventually drives him to small-town Long Island, where he desperately hopes to meet Ronnie Bostock. A head-on collision ensues, between antiquated London sophistication and a community which doesn't know the difference between Rimbeau and Rambo.
A Canada/United Kingdom Co-Production
PRODUCERS: Steve Clark-Hall, Christopher Zimmer
DISTRIBUTORS: Alliance Releasing (Canada), The Sales Consortium

Awards and Festivals
  • 1999 BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer (Richard Kwietniowski).
  • 1998 New York Film Critics Circle, Best First Film.
  • 1998 Cannes Film Festival Le Prix Pierrots (Best New Director)
  • 1998 Cannes Film Festival chosen as part of the "Un Certain Regard" screenings.
  • 1998 NY Film Festival, Best New Director.
  • 1998 British Independent Film Awards, Best Performance by a British Actor in an Independent Film (John Hurt).
  • 1997 Chicago International Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention.
  • 1997 Valladolid International Film Festival, Noimnated - Golden Spike.