To the Lighthouse (film)

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To the Lighthouse
Written by Hugh Stoddart
Virginia Woolf (novel)
Directed by Colin Gregg
Starring Rosemary Harris
Michael Gough
Suzanne Bertish
Theme music composer Julian Dawson-Lyell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Producers Alan Shallcross
David Wilkinson
Keith Williams
Cinematography Richard Andry
Ken Westbury
Editor Dan Rae
Production companies BBC
Colin Gregg Films
Original release23 March 1983 (1983-03-23)

To the Lighthouse is a 1983 television film based on the 1927 novel by Virginia Woolf. It was adapted by Hugh Stoddart, directed by Colin Gregg, and produced by Alan Shallcross. [1]



The cast included:

Critical reception

Reviewing the film in The New York Times , John J. O'Connor began by noting, "Few works of literature would seem to lend themselves less readily to dramatization than Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, but the BBC and Colin Gregg Ltd. have made the effort and the result is very special indeed"; although, he added, "Purists should be warned that changes have been made". He concluded by writing, "Colin Gregg's direction relies openly and rewardingly on the cool distancing manner of Ingmar Bergman in remaining faithful to the tone and mood of Mrs. Woolf. With Alan Shallcross as producer, the admirable dedication of all concerned is apparent throughout." [1]

To the Lighthouse was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award in the Best Single Drama category in 1984. [2] [3]

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  1. 1 2 O'Connor, John J. (12 October 1984). "TV Weekend; Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'". The New York Times . New York City. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  2. "Television: Single Drama in 1984". British Academy of Film and Television Arts . Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  3. Roberts, Jerry (5 June 2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Scarecrow Press. p. 661. ISBN   978-0810863781.