August (1996 film)

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August
August film dvd.jpg
Directed by Anthony Hopkins
Starring Anthony Hopkins
Rhys Ifans
Leslie Phillips
Gawn Grainger
Rhian Morgan
Danial Parri Jones
Music by Anthony Hopkins
Release date(s) 9 August 1996
Running time 94 minutes
Language English

August is a 1996 film starring Anthony Hopkins as Ieuan (IPA:j/əɨ/a/n) Davies, and featuring Rhys Ifans in a small role in one of his earliest films, as Griffiths. It is an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, with Ieuan taking over the title role. The film was Hopkins's first feature film with a full cast (he had previously directed the one-man-performance of Dylan Thomas: Return Journey in 1990); his next directorial effort would be Slipstream in 2007, which he also wrote and for which he also composed the score.

Adaptation and issues[edit]

The film adapts Uncle Vanya to a turn-of-the-century Welsh setting, emphasizing the hardships of Welsh industrial life in the slate quarries and Welsh-English turmoil as an English professor upsets normal Welsh life when he arrives at the Welsh estate which acts as his vacation home (at one point Ieuan states that he feels that he has been cheated by the Prof. Blathwaite, just as "the English have always cheated the Welsh").

Language[edit]

It is primarily in English, with a few lines in Welsh here or there - such as diolch yn fawr iawn ("thank you very much"), cariad (a term of endearment, meaning "love"), and iechyd da ("cheers").

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