Tamara Drewe

July 14th, 2010


Tamara Drewe

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Still of Luke Evans and Gemma Arterton in Tamara DreweStill of Tamsin Greig in Tamara DreweDirector Stephen Frears attends the 'Tamara Drewe' Photo Call held at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual International Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2010 in Cannes, France.Still of Stephen Frears in Tamara DreweStill of Luke Evans in Tamara DreweStill of Charlotte Christie and Jessica Barden in Tamara Drewe

A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.3/10 (8,185 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Stephen Frears

Stars: Gemma Arterton, Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper

Once the ugly duckling in the Dorset village of Ewedown, Tamara Drewe returns to sell her late mother's house, now a glamorous journalist with a life-changing nose job. She awakens feelings in sexy old flame, Andy, the decent odd job man at pretentious author Nicholas Hardiment's writers' school and in Nicholas himself, a serial philanderer who cheats on his loyal wife Beth. But Tamara has a new man in her life, Ben, an obnoxious rock drummer whose marriage proposal she accepts, to the dismay of local girl - and Ben's biggest fan - Jody. Jody's efforts to sabotage the engagement lead to Tamara, on the rebound and finding Andy in the arms of another, allowing Nicholas to have his wicked way with her, and also allowing it to be photographed and sent to a distraught Beth. Beth's secret admirer, American writer Glen, confronts Nicholas out in the fields, but Ben's dog Boss has got loose and has caused a local farmer's cattle to stampede towards them...

Writers: Posy Simmonds, Moira Buffini

Gemma Arterton - Tamara Drewe
Roger Allam - Nicholas Hardiment
Bill Camp - Glen McCreavy
Dominic Cooper - Ben Sergeant
Luke Evans - Andy Cobb
Tamsin Greig - Beth Hardiment
Jessica Barden - Jody Long
Charlotte Christie - Casey Shaw
James Naughtie - Interviewer
John Bett - Diggory
Josie Taylor - Zoe
Bronagh Gallagher - Eustacia
Pippa Haywood - Tess
Susan Wooldridge - Penny Upminster
Amanda Lawrence - Mary


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 14 July 2010

Filming Locations: Dorset, England, UK

Opening Weekend: £615,553 (UK) (12 September 2010) (358 Screens)

Gross: $560,101 (USA) (13 March 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | France: (Cannes Film Festival)

Did You Know?

Andrea Arnold was offered the chance to direct the film. When she turned down the offer, Stephen Frears signed on.

Revealing mistakes: When the writers at the writers' retreat are typing their books, their keystrokes obviously have nothing to do with the text that is going through their heads.

User Review

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Rating: 8/10

A very, very good movie, no doubt. Everything, in particular, each man, woman, chicken, car, tear, cow and dog and meadow, each pop and tune is on the right place. Excellent dialogs, sparkling soundtrack, gorgeous photography, rich colors, fresh, witty and ebullient, perfectly balanced black and ... regular humor. The story is nicely knitted, a lot of grey matter must have been consumed for the dialogs. Some lines have got what it takes to become a "quote". I loved it! Found a few British stereotypes? So what? Troubles to follow the quick replies in the original English version? Cannot follow the subtitles while trying to translate the cream of the jokes? So what? Watch it again!! I will!


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