Beautiful Thing: Screenplay

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Bloomsbury Academic, Jun 24, 1996 - Drama - 96 pages
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Premiered at the Bush theatre in 1993 Beautiful Thing was released as a feature film by Channel Four films in 1996 directed by Hettie Macdonald and featuring Meera Syal

Beautiful Thing explores pre-teenage homo-erotic sensuality and the frictions and intimacies of living cheek by jowl on a Thamesmead housing estate.



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Review: Beautiful Thing Drama Version

User Review  - Dan James - Goodreads

A great play with a very relatable story. It is often described as an 'urban fairy tale', and this couldn't be more true. You can't help but want for Jamie and Ste to live happily ever after. Also ... Read full review

Review: Beautiful Thing Drama Version

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Absolutely beautiful story about a gay love affair between two young teenagers on a London council estate. The language is funny, realistic and romantic and the characters are believable, all of them, which is what makes this play so compelling to read. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Jonathan Harvey was born in Halewood, Liverpool, England, in 1968. After leaving school, he entered and won the Liverpool Playhouse writing contest. Considering his mediocre school career, the modest cash reward seemed a good enough reason to start writing. The resulting play, The Cherry Blossom Tree, encompassed the themes of suicide, murder, and nuns. Despite his success in the Royal Court Writers' Festival, Harvey decided to switch careers and become a teacher in 1988. However, a call from the director of the Royal Court Young People's Theatre, offering him a commission to write a play, brought him back to writing plays for a living. Since that time, Harvey has written a number of plays including Wildfire, which ran at the National Theatre Studio; Babies, a semi-autobiographical story of a young gay teacher; and Boom-Bang-A-Bang, Harvey's most comical play, centered around a group of friends who gather to watch the Eurovision Song Contest. His play Beautiful Thing, a coming-of-age drama about two gay men, was adapted for the big screen and released by Sony Pictures Classics in 1996.

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