|I Capture the Castle|
Original UK quad format film poster
|Directed by||Tim Fywell|
|Produced by||David Parfitt|
|Screenplay by||Heidi Thomas|
|Based on||I Capture the Castle|
by Dodie Smith
|Music by||Dario Marianelli|
|Edited by||Roy Sharman|
|Distributed by||Momentum Pictures (UK)|
I Capture the Castle is a 2003 British film directed by Tim Fywell. It is based on the 1948 novel of the same title by Dodie Smith, with the screenplay written by Heidi Thomas. The film was released in the UK on 9 May 2003.
The film follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and her eccentric family, struggling to survive in genteel poverty in a decaying English castle. The characters include her father, a writer who hasn't written anything in the twelve years since the spectacular success of his first novel; her older sister Rose (Rose Byrne) who rails against their fate and hopes to marry for money; and their bohemian stepmother, Topaz, an ex-model still apt to sun-bathe in the nude. The possibility of salvation seems to loom in the form of their wealthy American landlord Simon Cotton and his brother Neil. Although Simon initially spurns her, Rose is determined to make him fall in love with her and succeeds. A wedding is arranged and Cassandra appears left on the sidelines. But events spiral out of control, and before the summer ends many expectations will have been overturned.