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A Room With A View

Released 1986
Distributor Cinecom Pictures

Director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant brought this adaptation of E. M. Forster’s novel to the screen to wide acclaim. Released in 1986, it’s another example of the Merchant/Ivory brand; a literate mix of scrupulous screenwriting and finely-tuned production design carried by astute and intelligent actors. Seemingly destined for the arthouse, the film was a commercial hit thanks to its light comic tone and the brilliant cast including Helena Bonham-Carter, Judi Dench and Daniel Day-Lewis.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.