Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy presents his selected inspirational script: The English Patient
The English Patient (REX)
Year of release: 1996
Screenwriter: Anthony Minghella
Key awards: BAFTA for Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay; Oscar win for Best Picture, Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
The English Patient is Anthony Minghella’s adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name.
The film is a multi-award winning tale of tragic love set against a North African landscape during the outbreak of the Second World War. As a badly burned and bed-ridden mapmaker is tended to by a compassionate nurse, we discover, through a series of flashbacks, how an affair between the geographer and a wealthy married woman results in drama and tragedy for several connected characters.
Through this story, the film is able to explore themes of lust, jealousy, identity and guilt.