Tumbledown

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Tumbledown
Tumbledown
BBC DVD Cover
Genre Drama
Written by Charles Wood
Directed by Richard Eyre
Starring
Composer(s) Richard Hartley
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Richard Broke
Editor(s) Ken Pearce
Cinematography Andrew Dunn
Running time 113 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original airing 31 May 1988[1]

Tumbledown is a 1988 BBC Television drama film set during the Falklands War.

Synopsis[edit]

The film centres on the experiences of Robert Lawrence MC (played by Colin Firth), an officer of the Scots Guards during the Falklands War of 1982. While fighting at the Battle of Mount Tumbledown, Lawrence is shot in the head by an Argentine sniper, and left paralysed on his left side. He then must learn to adjust to his new disability.

The film sparked enormous controversy when first aired in 1988, in part because it conveyed the flat indifference shown by government, society and public to the returning wounded from the Falkands War - this content forms much of the story, as Lawrence struggles to come to terms with his terrible injuries, and to face a life in which he cannot do the thing he is trained to do, the thing he loves: soldiering.

The film also triggered controversy by presenting an unvarnished portrait of the protagonist - for example, his joy in the brutalities of war and a stunning flashback scene toward the end which shows him exulting at the top of Mount Tumbledown. The film portrays Lawrence's love of the military life as much as it portrays his feelings of abandonment and bitterness as he tries to cope with his wounds, with little help from the government that sent him into battle.

Lead actor Colin Firth is reported to have said that the political left and right hated the movie because it did not conform to any fixed ideology.[citation needed]

Firth was nominated for a BAFTA TV Best Actor Award and won a Royal TV Society Best Actor Award for the role.

Awards[edit]

  • BAFTA TV Awards 1989
    • Won: Best Film Cameraman: Andrew Dunn
    • Won: Best Make Up: Shaunna Harrison
    • Won: Best Single Drama: Richard Broke, Richard Eyre & Charles Wood
    • Nominated: Best Actor: Colin Firth
    • Nominated: Best Costume Design: Michael Burdle
    • Nominated: Best Design: Geoff Powell
    • Nominated: Best Film Editor: Ken Pearce
    • Nominated: Best Film Sound: Graham Ross, Ken Hams & Christopher Swanton
    • Nominated: Best Original Television Music: Richard Hartley
  • RTS Television Award 1989
    • Won: Best Actor (Male): Colin Firth
    • Won: Best Make Up Design: Shaunna Harrison
    • Won: Best Single Play: Charles Wood

Media information[edit]

Penguin Scriptbook (1988 reprint)

DVD release[edit]

Script book[edit]

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