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Kenneth Branagh

Director, Actor

Coming ThroughComing Through (1985)
Dir. Peter Barber-Fleming
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Helen Mirren, Alison Steadman
D.H. Lawrence's love affair with the married Frieda Von Richthofen is entwined with the life of a man in the present day who is obsessed with the…
Month in the Country, AMonth in the Country, A (1987)
Dir. Pat O'Connor
Feat. Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh, Natasha Richardson
Colin Firth plays a shellshocked WW1 vet keen to recoup a medieval painting in a remote Yorkshire town. Kenneth Branagh and Natasha Richardson prove…
GhostsGhosts (1987)
Dir. Elijah Moshinsky
Feat. Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Kenneth Branagh
BBC television adaptation of Ibsen's great, once–controversial play about secrets and lies, sex and hypocrisy, starring Judy Dench as Mrs…
Fortunes of War (TV Mini-series)Fortunes of War (TV Mini-series) (1987)
Dir. James Cellan Jones
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Alan Bennett
An under–appreciated historical epic focused on the personal experience of war, starring then–English glamour couple Kenneth Branagh and…
Twelfth NightTwelfth Night (1988)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Richard Briers, Caroline Langrishe
Kenneth Branagh restages his Renaissance Theatre production of the popular comedy for Thames Television with a top cast of English thespians.
Henry VHenry V (1989) Recommended
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed
A remarkable achievement from Kenneth Branagh both as actor and first–time director, he brings a new vitality to Shakespeare's most energetic…
Look Back in AngerLook Back in Anger (1989)
Dir. Judi Dench
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Siobhan Redmond
TV production of John Osborne's influential play from the 50's, directed by Judi Dench. Kenneth Branagh plays the educated but disaffected "angry…
Discovering HamletDiscovering Hamlet (1990)
Dir. Mark Olshaker
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Patrick Stewart
Invaluable documenting of Derek Jacobi's 1988 production of Hamlet with a young Kenneth Branagh in the lead. Focussing solely on the rehearsal…
Dead AgainDead Again (1991)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson
Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson go Stateside for this askewed whodunnit about a P.I. who is hired to help an amnesia victim, seemingly haunted by…
Peter's FriendsPeter's Friends (1992)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
British stiff–upper–lip spin on the BIG CHILL with Kenneth Brannagh and friends. They come across as something of a lacklustre lot,…
Much Ado About NothingMuch Ado About Nothing (1993) Recommended
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves
Kenneth Branagh plunders the Bard again and pulls off a rare breed of romantic escapism. Here he somehow modifies the traditional text for an…
Mary Shelley's FrankensteinMary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter
Branagh swamps the gothic classic with theatricality and allows himself far too much screen time, impressing on us that his ego that is the real…
Midwinter's Tale, AMidwinter's Tale, A (In the Bleak Midwinter) (1995)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Richard Briers, Joan Collins, Jennifer Saunders
Disasters mount for an unemployed actor whose last–ditch passport to glory is to stage a DIY version of Hamlet. Struggling thesps and…
OthelloOthello (1995)
Dir. Oliver Parker
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Irene Jacob, Laurence Fishburne
Shakespeare's great tragedy of love, jealousy and sheer bloody malice is spiked with a 90s erotic edge. While its stylistic choices only partly…
HamletHamlet (1997) Recommended
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Jack Lemmon
A flash and vigorous reading of Shakespeare's tragedy of the melancholy Dane, hatched by Kenneth Branagh and a bevy of incongruous thesps. An…
Proposition, TheProposition, The (1998)
Dir. Lesli Linka Glatter
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, John Hurt, Madeleine Stowe
A less than saintly love–tryst involves man of the cloth, Kenneth Branagh, with rich, love–starved couple William Hurt and Madeleine…
Gingerbread Man, TheGingerbread Man, The (1998) Recommended
Dir. Robert Altman
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Duvall
Script by the courtroom–obsessed John Grisham is here assigned to auteurist Robert Altman (THE PLAYER, SHORT CUTS), who manages to…
Theory of Flight, The (1998)
Dir. Paul Greengrass
Feat. Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh
Helena Bonham–Carter plays a misery–guts in a wheelchair, crippled by motor–neuron disorder, who gets a companion in the form of an…
Wild Wild WestWild Wild West (1999)
Dir. Barry Sonnenfeld
Feat. Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh
The star and director of MEN IN BLACK and recoupled for this Sci–fi–Western–spoof, first aired as a popular,…
Walking with Dinosaurs (TV Series)Walking with Dinosaurs (TV Series) (1999) Aro Favourite
Dir. Tim Haines
Feat. Kenneth Branagh
In tracing the 160 million year history of the big lizards, this comprehensive BBC doco slavishly recreates the flora, fauna and geography of the age…
Love's Labour's LostLove's Labour's Lost (1999)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Alicia Silverstone, Timothy Spall
Untiring Shakespearean–enthusiast Kenneth Branagh, labours his latest adaptation: the Bard’s sparkling early comedy made over as a 30s Irving…
Mad Dogs and EnglishmenMad Dogs and Englishmen (How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog) (2000)
Dir. Michael Kalesniko
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Robin Wright, Jared Harris
Kenneth Branagh brings a rumpled, harassed charm to his role as a playwright whose career is interrupted by 'writer's block', a condition exacerbated…
ConspiracyConspiracy (2001)
Dir. Frank Pierson
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth
Presenting the planning of the Nazi’s ‘Final Solution’ of the jews as the matter of a simple business luncheon in 1942 of fifteen men, presided…
Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Recommended
Dir. Chris Columbus
Feat. Daniel Radcliffe, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese
The second Harry Potter adaptation is better fun and more settled in its mingled tone of magic, fantasy and thriller. Daniel Radcliffe again plays…
Rabbit Proof FenceRabbit Proof Fence (2002) Recommended
Dir. Phillip Noyce
Feat. Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan
Recounting a single true–story of Australia’s “Stolen Generation” – young Aboriginal half–castes forcibly taken from families…
ShackletonShackleton (2002) Recommended
Dir. Charles Sturridge
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz
Channel 4’s mini–series version of polar–explorer Ernest Shackleton’s voyage to the South Pole in 1914. A brilliant adventure tale…
Five Children and ItFive Children and It (2004) Recommended
Dir. John Stephenson
Feat. Freddie Highmore, Kenneth Branagh, Zoe Wanamaker
A fond adaptation of the E. Nesbit novel in which a group of children are befriended by a disenchanted green 'sand fairy' called 'It' (voiced by…
Warm SpringsWarm Springs (2005)
Dir. Joseph Sargent
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, David Paymer
Typically smooth and competent HBO biopic, which dramatises Franklin D. Roosevelt's (Branagh) pre–presidency years, especially the period from…
As You Like ItAs You Like It (2006)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Bryce Dallas Howard, Romola Garai, Alfred Molina
Kenneth Branagh transplants the Bard’s comedy to old Japan in this talent–stacked tale of woman's flight from persecution and into the arms…
SleuthSleuth (2007)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Michael Caine, Jude Law
Sleek Harold Pinter–written remake of 1972 character–driven thriller ratchets up the menace, pitting cuckolded crime writer Michael Caine…

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