Postcards From The Edge: Brits Abroad


With increased talk of possible foreign holidays as the summer ends and and autumn begins for my fellow UK citizens, I thought we’d take a look at Brits Abroad on film.  Their good experiences – but mainly bad…VERY bad…


Bitter Moon (1992)

Bitter Moon - Trailer

Bitter Moon is a 1992 Franco-British erotic romantic thriller film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Peter Coyote, Emmanuelle Seigner, Hugh Grant, and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film’s French title is Lunes de fiel (a pun on the French phrase “lune de miel”, meaning “honeymoon”.)


The Comfort of Strangers (1990)

The Comfort of Strangers is a 1990 Italian-British psychological drama film directed by Paul Schrader. The screenplay is by Harold Pinter, adapted from a short novel of the same name by Ian McEwan. The film stars Natasha Richardson, Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett and Helen Mirren.



The Magus (1968)



Directed by Guy Green with Anthony Quinn, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen, and Anna Karina. A teacher on a Greek island becomes involved in bizarre mind-games with the island’s magus (magician) and a beautiful young woman.



Sam Mendes is producing a remake of John Fowles The Magus, famously a movie of which Woody Allen said in answer to the question
“What would you change if you had your life to live over?”
 “I would do everything exactly the same except I wouldn’t see The Magus.”
I used to holiday every year for over a decade on the Greek island of Spetses (where the novel is set under the name of Phraxos) and nearby Hydra. I’ve read The Magus a fair few times, it’s the kind of pretentious book you read and recommend to friends in your late teens and early twenties. Not bad though.

Don’t Look Now (1973)

DON'T LOOK NOW - Official Trailer - Starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie


A Passage to India (1984)

A Passage To India - Trailer


Sexy Beast (2000)

the brilliance of Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast HD



On a lighter note:


A Good Year (2006)


A Room With A View (1986)

A Room With A View Trailer 1986


Where Angels Fear To Tread (1991)

Where Angels Fear To Tread 1991 Trailer HD


And… Carry On Abroad (1972)



Americans abroad…(preview)

The Two Faces of January Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst Movie HD

The Ruins (1/8) Movie CLIP - Get It Off (2008) HD


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Stephen Arnell

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