Dreaming of Joseph Lees

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Dreaming of Joseph Lees
Directed by Eric Styles
Produced by Christopher Milburn
Written by Catherine Linstrum
Music by Zbigniew Preisner
Cinematography Jimmy Dibling
Edited by Caroline Limmer
Distributed by Fox Searchlight
Release date
Running time
92 min (USA release)
80 min (Slamdance Film Festival)
Language English
Box office $12,044[1]

Dreaming of Joseph Lees is a 1999 British romantic drama film directed by Eric Styles and starring Rupert Graves, Samantha Morton and Nicholas Woodeson. It is an adaptation of a story written by Catherine Linstrum set in rural England in the late 1950s. The film was distributed by the Fox Entertainment Group. Samantha Morton's performance in the film won the Evening Standard Award British Film Award for Best Actress.


Set in rural England in the 1950s Eva (Samantha Morton) fantasises about her handsome, worldly cousin Joseph Lees (Rupert Graves), with whom she fell in love as a girl. However, stuck in a closed community she becomes the object of someone else's fantasy, Harry (Lee Ross). When Harry learns that Eva is planning to leave the village in order to live with and look after the injured Lees, he devises a gruesome scheme in order to force her to stay and look after him.


  • Rupert Graves - Joseph Lees
  • Samantha Morton - Eva
  • Nicholas Woodeson - Mr. Dian
  • Lee Ross - Harry
  • Felix Billson - Robert
  • Lauren Richardson - Janie
  • Frank Finlay - Father
  • Vernon Dobtcheff - Italian Doctor
  • Miriam Margolyes - Signora Caldoni
  • Holly Aird - Maria
  • Freddy Douglas - Danny (as Freddie Douglas)
  • Richie Tongé - Nude Model
  • Harry Selby - First Boxer
  • Juan Thomas - Referee
  • Emma Cunniffe - Red-Haired Girl


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