Directed by Christopher Miles
He was D.H. Lawrence. She was Lady Chatterley and all his great heroines. Their extraordinary romance was more tempestuous than any he wrote.
"Everything about this bio-pic aimed for authenticity we filmed on many of the actual locations that were visited by the Lawrences and their friends and most of the cast managed to look not unlike their originals. At our first meeting, Christopher Miles was very taken that, like D.H. Lawrence, I have blue eyes. I also shared his oval-shaped face. Once my beard grew I looked enough like him (also like his contemporaries the young Bernard Shaw, Sigmund Freud and Tsar Nicholas II!) By Lake Guarda, an old lady who had served breakfast to the honeymooning Lawrences 65 years previously took one look at me in costume and make-up and rewarded me with a huge smile of recognition: 'Lorenzo!'
"The true authenticity was in the dialogue invented by Alan Plater, and based on factual episodes culled from Harry T. Moores biography 'A Priest of Love.' At the pre-filming cast party in Mayfair at the home of Stanley Seger, the films financer, I asked Plater, sitting quietly in a corner, what Lawrence would do at such a gathering. 'Oh, just sit quietly in a corner,' he said." Ian McKellen, August 1999
"My hair was dyed auburn; like Lawrences own my moustache and beard were augmented by some false hair around the chin."
"Christopher Miles told me she was tempted back to work by Janet Suzman and me, whom she knew by reputation rather than by having seen our work. Certainly she never passed a compliment and although she was intimate in the way actors need to be if they are to act convincingly together, we never got to know each other well. Most evenings she ate with her maid in her room, whilst the rest of us explored Oaxacas monuments and nightlife. This, most memorably, was eating al fresco in the town square while the brass band oom-pah-ed through 'The William Tell Overture,' more slowly than it has ever been played anywhere in the world."