Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007) TV


Benedict plays the real author Alexander Masters, who writes down the life of his friend Stuart.

Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters is the biography of himself and his friend Stuart Shorter. The book was on the shortlist for the Whitbread Book Award in 2005 and the Hawthornden Prize in 2006. In 2005 the touching biography won The Guardian First Book Award.

Stuart: A Life Backwards is within the academic curriculum for English language in many schools in England today.

The eponymous TV drama, a co-production of the BBC and HBO, was first broadcast on 23 September 2007 and was awarded with several prizes. Tom Hardy was nominated for his performance as Stuart Shorter for the BAFTA in 2008.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the author of the story, Alexander Masters.

What is it about:
The author Alexander Masters writes the biography of his friend Stuart Shorter, a former prison inmate with criminal career background.
How Stuart ultimately ends up there, where he is seen at the beginning of the film, is told backwards, as the title of the film already says. Disabled as a child, Stuart becomes quickly mentally unstable, tends to criminal acts, is violent, gets arrested and eventually ends up on the street in Cambridge. Alexander gets to know the homeless and begins to write down his life – and ends his book with the loss of his friend.


David Attwood

Alexander Masters

Benedict Cumberbatch (Alexander Masters), Tom Hardy (Stuart Shorter), Nicola Duffett (Judith) and others

more info
Complete list of cast and Crew can be seen here
Available on Amazon here

You can watch the Trailer here: