George Orwell’s classic novel adapted for the screen by Valentine Guinness
“The end of the empire is a lonely place…”
Set in colonial Burma in the 1920s, BURMESE DAYS is the story of a man’s struggle to define his identity amidst the claustrophobia and dissipation of a small tropical settlement. When a beautiful girl arrives from England, John Flory sees the possibility of future happiness, but a cruel mix of political intrigue and sexual plotting threatens to deny him his dream.
38 year-old teak-logger John Flory loves his work in Burma, but craves company. The six other Brits in Kyauktada sit in their stifling Club, drinking and complaining. They think Commissioner Macgregor is in charge, but the real power in the district lies with U Po Kyin, a ruthless Burmese magistrate.
Flory’s only friend is Veraswami, an Indian doctor. The other colonialists despise Flory for fraternising with a non-white. A character assassination campaign is launched against Veraswami – but by whom?
The only white woman in town is Mrs Lackersteen, a snob and a gossip. Her niece Elizabeth arrives at Kyauktada, and Flory sees a chance to end his loneliness.
★ A dark, brooding period tragedy of thwarted love, laced with surreal Orwellian humour.
★ Two good star roles in Flory and Elizabeth, and a wealth of character part opportunities.
★ A new look at colonial life; A corner of the British Raj which is dirty, dangerous and oppressive.
★ This would be the first western feature film to be shot in Burma.