From best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale, Man in an Orange Shirt tells two powerful love stories set 60 years apart, linked by family and a painting with a secret that echoes through generations. The film explores a forbidden relationship made impossible by societal pressures during WWII, and vividly contrasts it with a present-day romance that is nearly derailed by the consequences of the 1940s tale with which it is deeply intertwined.
In 1944, British Army Captain Michael Berryman meets war artist Thomas March in southern Italy, as chaos reigns all around them. Despite having a young fiancée, Flora, waiting at home, straight-laced Michael finds himself falling for Thomas' bohemian charms. In 2017, an aging Flora looks on as her grandson Adam tentatively forms a relationship with his client Steve in a more accepting world. But while the external obstacles have fallen away, a minefield of internalized issues and dangerous temptations still pave the road to happiness.
From the makers of Broadchurch and Grantchester, this is a tender, powerful film sure to spark conversation about outdated attitudes and equal rights.
This program includes material that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
Producer: Lucy Richer, Lisa Osborne
Executive Producer: Diederick Santer
Production Company: Kudos. EndemolShineGroup for BBC
Production Year: 2018
Copyright Year: 2017
Actors: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Joanna Vanderham, Julian Morris
Writers: Patrick Gale
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 113 minutes
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Language Track: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen