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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Nicolas Roeg|
|Produced by||Rick McCallum|
|Written by||Lucy Irvine (book)
Allan Scott (screenplay)
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
|Edited by||Tony Lawson|
|Distributed by||Cannon Group|
|20 February 1986|
Castaway is a 1986 adventure-drama film starring Amanda Donohoe and Oliver Reed, and directed by Nicolas Roeg. It was adapted from its namesake 1984 book by Lucy Irvine, telling of her experiences of staying for a year with writer Gerald Kingsland on the isolated island of Tuin, between New Guinea and Australia.
In 1981, Irvine responded to a "Writer seeks 'Spouse' for year on tropical island" advertisement placed by Kingsland in the London magazine Time Out. Chosen by Kingsland from over 50 applicants, Irvine agreed to marry him to satisfy immigration restrictions before they travelled to Tuin. She was 25 and Kingsland 49.
After a year on the island, she returned to England and wrote her memoirs.
In 2011, Donohoe recalled her experience working with Reed, stating: "Well, naked on a desert island with Oliver Reed – it was a tabloid fantasy, wasn't it? He was an alcoholic and his behaviour was erratic, but he was always a courteous and good actor. His personal life wasn't working but he never crossed any lines professionally."
- Oliver Reed as Gerald Kingsland
- Amanda Donohoe as Lucy Irvine
- Georgina Hale as Sister Saint Margaret
- Frances Barber as Sister Saint Winifred
- Tony Rickards as Jason
- Todd Rippon as Rod
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