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      Mad About the Boy: The Noël Coward Story

      2023 1 hr. 31 min. Documentary Biography List
      88% 17 Reviews Tomatometer 67% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Noël Coward grew up in poverty and left school when he was only nine years old. He was queer in a very straight world. And yet by the age of 30, he was the highest paid writer in the world, and a star on the Broadway stage. He wrote, directed and acted in some of the finest plays and movies of all time, including Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve. He also became a world renowned songwriter and performer of whom Frank Sinatra said, "If you want to hear how a song should be sung, go see Mr. Noël Coward." And if that wasn't enough, he was also a spy during the Second World War! Against all odds, Noël Coward became the most successful multi-talented artist of the Twentieth Century. He defined an era and led an extraordinary life. This is his inspirational story told in his own words and music, and unique home movies. Read More Read Less

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      James Jackson Times (UK) As the clips became more plentiful, this became a not only deeply researched but also rather captivating portrait of a one-off — even if every time he sang one of his ditties I couldn’t get Monty Python’s “Penis Song” spoof out of my head. Rated: 4/5 Dec 27, 2023 Full Review Stephen Romei The Australian The final invention, from uneducated to the highest paid writer in the world came through a means that still should be recommended to every child, no matter what their circumstances. Rated: 3.5/5 Nov 7, 2023 Full Review Geordie Greig Independent (UK) If anyone wants to take a mesmerising journey into matchless wit and style, watch Mad About the Boy, Barnaby Thompson’s documentary on Noël Coward. Rated: 5/5 Jul 10, 2023 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills It draws on numerous starry observers both archival and newly-interviewed to commemorate a multimedia “master." Feb 16, 2024 Full Review Charlotte Harrison Charlotte Sometimes Goes to the Movies A sumptuous exploration of the life & career of one of the most iconic contributors to both stage & screen. Jan 11, 2024 Full Review Adam Sweeting The Arts Desk The tale of how a boy who left school at nine and had no musical training yet became one of the world’s most prolific playwrights and composers undoubtedly has something fantastical about it. Rated: 4/5 Dec 29, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Noël Coward grew up in poverty and left school when he was only nine years old. He was queer in a very straight world. And yet by the age of 30, he was the highest paid writer in the world, and a star on the Broadway stage. He wrote, directed and acted in some of the finest plays and movies of all time, including Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve. He also became a world renowned songwriter and performer of whom Frank Sinatra said, "If you want to hear how a song should be sung, go see Mr. Noël Coward." And if that wasn't enough, he was also a spy during the Second World War! Against all odds, Noël Coward became the most successful multi-talented artist of the Twentieth Century. He defined an era and led an extraordinary life. This is his inspirational story told in his own words and music, and unique home movies.
      Director
      Barnaby Thompson
      Executive Producer
      Mark Bell, Bob Benton, Len Blavatnik, Stanley F. Buchthal, Will Clarke, Charles Cohen, Rose Garnett, Vince Holden, Andy Mayson, Mike Runagall, Kate Shepherd, Nikki Sopp
      Screenwriter
      Barnaby Thompson, Barnaby Thompson
      Production Co
      Bleat Post Production, Unigram, Fragile Films
      Genre
      Documentary, Biography
      Original Language
      English