Films: Stephen Daldry

Trash

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • UK / Brazil
  • 1h 54min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Cast: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura
  • UK release: 30 January 2015

In the Brazilian favelas, a trio of teenagers (Tevez, Weinstein and Luis) try to solve a mystery. Curtis' script and Daldry's simplistic and saccharine approach make the film hopeful, which is fine, but also less moving and honest than it could be; it's also excessively long.

Billy Elliot the Musical

  • 2014
  • UK
  • 3h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry, Brett Sullivan
  • Cast: Elliott Hanna, Ollie Jochim, Bradley Perret
  • UK release: 28 September 2014

The multi award winning, heart warming musical about a young boy's love of dance filmed in London's West End and brought to cinemas.

National Theatre Live: Skylight

  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Written by: David Hare
  • Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy

Kyra (Mulligan) receives a visit from her recently widowed former lover (Nighy) out of the blue. Stage production beamed live from London.

National Theatre Live: The Audience

  • 2013
  • UK
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Written by: Peter Morgan
  • Cast: Helen Mirren

Mirren puts on a crown once more to play at being the Queen. Filmed at London's West End, The Audience finds HRH taking audiences with each of the twelve Prime Ministers of her reign in a play written by The Queen screenwriter Morgan.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • USA
  • 2h 9min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Written by: Eric Roth
  • Cast: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock
  • UK release: 3 February 2012

Oskar (Horn) is a precocious youngster whose father (Hanks) died in the 9/11 attacks; he finds a mysterious key and tries to discover where it fits. Despite radiant cinematography and a striking performance from Horn, it's a contrived tearjerker that is neither as poignant nor as profound as it might like to be.

The Reader

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • US / Germany
  • 2h 3min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Written by: David Hare
  • Cast: Kate Winslet, David Kross, Ralph Fiennes

In a West German town at the end of the 1950s, 15-year-old Michael (Kross) starts a passionate affair with Hanna (Winslet), a tram conductor more than twice his age. But after a few months, Hanna suddenly disappears, and it's almost a decade before Michael sees her again. By this time he is a law student - and she is…

The Hours

  • 4 stars
  • 2003
  • UK
  • 1h 54min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Written by: David Hare
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman

'The Hours' takes Virginia Woolf's idea of a 'woman's whole life in a single day' (see 'Mrs Dalloway') and extends it to three women from three different time periods: Woolf herself (played by Kidman) circa 1925, 50s LA housewife Laura Brown (Moore) and present day New York lesbian mother, Clarissa Vaughan (Streep). Using…

Billy Elliot

  • 4 stars
  • 2000
  • Uk
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Written by: Lee Hall
  • Cast: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Draven

Billy (Bell) finds release from life's daily drudgery, through ballet dancing. As unlikely a leisure pursuit as that might be for a teenage boy growing up in the recession-hit County Durham of the 80s (and that's the point), it becomes young Billy's ticket out of hard times. Making his film debut, theatre director Daldry…