Skip to schedule and film credits
The second part of Christine Edzard's sprawling, ambitious adaptation of the Dickens classic switches perspective from Arthur Clennam to Amy Dorrit herself, as she gradually discovers the truth about her heritage.
An epic, intelligent, marvellously cast (including Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness and Cyril Cusck) and beautifully detailed film version of Dickens' mammoth masterpiece about a young girl who has grown up in a debtors' prison with her father, with secrecy surrounding her family history. Wedding the extended length of a television serial to the scale of the cinema screen, director Christine Edzard — backed by her dynamic cottage industry production and costume company Sands Film, which she operated with her husband Richard B. Goodwin (who served as producer on this film) — made one of the most significant Dickens adaptations of the late twentieth century. Brilliantly splitting the story into two parts — one told from the perspective of Arthur Clennam (Jacobi), the other from Amy Dorrit (Sarah Pickering), with each half offering different angles on the same incidents — Little Dorrit "is so filled with characters, so rich in incident, that it has the expansive, luxurious feel of a Victorian novel" (Roger Ebert).