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Tamara Drewe (film)

Tamara Drewe
File:Tamara drewe ver2.jpg
UK theatrical release poster
Directed by Stephen Frears
Produced by Alison Owen
Tracey Seaward
Paul Trijbits
Screenplay by Moira Buffini
Based on Tamara Drewe 
by Posy Simmonds
Starring Gemma Arterton
Dominic Cooper
Luke Evans
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Ben Davis
Editing by Mick Audsley
Studio Ruby Films
BBC Films
WestEnd Films
Distributed by Diaphana Films (France)
Momentum Pictures (UK)
Sony Pictures Classics (US)
Release date(s)
Running time 111 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $11,910,695[1]

Tamara Drewe is a 2010 comedy feature film directed by Stephen Frears.

The screenplay was written by Moira Buffini, based on the newspaper comic strip of the same name (which was then re-published as a graphic novel) written by Posy Simmonds. The comic strip which serves as source material was a modern reworking of Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel Far from the Madding Crowd.

The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in May and was released nationwide in France on 14 July 2010.[2][3] Momentum Pictures released the film in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2010.[4]


Set in Ewedown, a fictitious village in Dorset, England. Tamara Drewe, a young and attractive journalist, returns home with the intention of selling her now-deceased mother's house which she has inherited, and in which she grew up. Locals are amazed at the improvement in her appearance after she had a nose job while away. Andy had been interested in her when she was a girl, and when he sees her now it is clear he is attracted to her.

Across the valley is a neighbour's home where authors retreat to work on their stories. The owner, Nicholas, is a prolific crime novelist and a serial philanderer, while his wife Beth provides food, lodging, and encouragement for her patrons. At one point Nicholas embarks on an affair with Tamara, after she finishes with rock-band drummer Ben, whose dog Boss enjoys chasing cows. Andy has been asked by Tamara to work on the house so she can sell it, and he becomes aware of the affairs, as do two local teenage schoolgirls (Jody and Casey) who cause some havoc due to their childish jealousy of Tamara. Jody is infatuated with Ben, and when he leaves Ewedown after Tamara's affair, she uses her wiles to lure him back. Eventually her deceit is discovered and she receives a hard dose of reality. In a strange turn of events, Nicholas is killed somewhat accidentally by stampeding cows. Beth's friend (Glen), a Thomas Hardy scholar who had become infatuated with her over the months he spent there, reveals his love for her despite feeling guilty about Nicholas' demise, and she easily persuades him to remain at the retreat with her. By this time the true love of Andy and Tamara brings them together. Tamara then decides to stay in Ewedown after all.



The premiere was held on 6 September 2010 at the Odeon Leicester Square. Most of the cast and crew were in attendance as well as Jack Gregson, Lily Allen and Stephen Fry. The public premiere was also held on 6 September 2010 at the National Film Theatre. Most of the cast were in attendance as well as director Stephen Frears, screenwriter Moira Buffini, and book author Posy Simmonds. The film's showing received long applause and was followed by questions to the stars from the audience.

Critical reception

The film received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 65% out of 114 critics gave the film a positive reviews, with a rating average of 6.3/10.[5] It also received a score of 64/100 on Metacritic signifying 'generally favourable reviews'

Empire gave four stars out of five stating the film was "Very intelligently funny, with stellar performances."[6] Lisa Mullen wrote in Sight & Sound in September 2010:


External links

  • Official website (US)
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Tamara Drewe interviews, BBC Film Network
  • Screenplay at BBC writersroom

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