Keep the Aspidistra Flying (film)

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Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Directed by Robert Bierman
Produced by Peter Shaw
Written by Alan Plater
George Orwell (novel)
Starring Richard E. Grant
Helena Bonham Carter
Music by Mike Batt
Cinematography Giles Nuttgens
Edited by Bill Wright
Distributed by BBC Films
First Independent Films
Lions Gate Films
Release date
  • 21 November 1997 (1997-11-21)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $373,830[1]

Keep the Aspidistra Flying (released in the United States and New Zealand as A Merry War) is a 1997 romance/comedy film directed by Robert Bierman[2] and based on the eponymous novel by George Orwell. The screenplay was written by Alan Plater and was produced by Peter Shaw.[2] The film stars Richard E. Grant as Gordon Comstock and Helena Bonham Carter as Rosemary.


Gordon Comstock (Grant), is a successful copywriter at a flourishing advertising firm in 1930s London. His girlfriend and co-worker, Rosemary (Bonham Carter), fears he may never settle down with her when he suddenly disavows his money-based lifestyle and quits his job for the artistic satisfaction of writing poetry.



  1. ^ "A Merry War (1998)". The Numbers. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Keep the Aspidistra Flying". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 

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