Having finished its all too short run in the USA, much to the disgust of its loyal fanbase (who are vowing to boycott CBS for cancelling it far too soon despite good viewing figures) Miami Medical is now airing in Sweden (congrats to the Swedes, fabulous trailer!)
and in Hungary (where, like all their imports, it’s dubbed…it seems such a crime to replace Jeremy’s Northam’s glorious voice)
and also Portugal. For the rest of us not fortunate enough to live in any of these countries, we must wait for the DVD release, which IS coming, and my latest update from exec producer Jeffrey Lieber is that he hopes to have it all tied up by the end of August. A lovely post holiday treat, I’d say! There ARE already some websites offering DVD sets of Miami Medical for sale. These are not legal, please don’t get caught out.
Meanwhile, why not join in with our newly instigated Jeremy Northam Night? Last week, by popular demand, we watched Emma and it was a huge success. This week, we are choosing between Cypher, The Winslow Boy and Dean Spanley. You can vote for which you’d like us to watch here: Jeremy Northam Night Poll.
Here’s a quick taster to help you make up your mind.
Cypher (2002, dir. Vincenzo Natali), in which Jeremy delivers a tour de force performance as company man Morgan Sullivan, may come as somewhat of a surprise to people who are used to seeing Jeremy in his period drama roles. Sullivan is recruited as an industrial spy, and soon both he and the viewers realise that all is not as it seems. Cypher is fast-paced and visually impressive and will keep you guessing right to the end.
Vincenzo Natali said: I cast Jeremy not particularly because he’s British but because he’s one of the few leading men who is also a character actor. We needed those two things in the person who played Morgan Sullivan because he does transform so dramatically through the course of the film. I think if people who haven’t seen the movie were shown a scene from the beginning and then a scene from the end I don`t know that they would recognise Jeremy because he really did disappear into the role. I was very lucky to get him, he did an amazing job.
Miami Medical fans may also spot Kari Matchett who played Dr Proctor’s love interest Dr Sable.
The Winslow Boy (dir. David Mamet, 1999) will be a well-loved favourite for many of Jeremy’s fans. Based on a true story, The Winslow Boy is an old-fashioned (in the best sense) drama (adapted by Mamet from Terence Rattigan’s stage play) about what happens when a boy is accused of stealing a five pound note and expelled from naval college (and what happens when a suffragette meets an arrogant, conservative but deeply charismatic lawyer). Jeremy gives a memorable performance as Sir Robert Morton.
Dean Spanley (dir. Toa Fraser, 2008) is one of Jeremy’s most recent film roles. Based on a now obscure short story by Lord Dunsany, it boasts an enviable ensemble cast, each member more than holding his own. Jeremy narrates the story of his character’s less than perfect relationship with his father (Peter O’Toole) and what happens when they meet a cleric (Sam Neill) who re-visits his past life as a dog when he is plied with Imperial Tokay (a rare liqueur). Despite a lack of publicity and only a limited cinema release (it has also, to date, not been made available on region 1 DVD), its reputation is continuing to grow by word of mouth.
David Cairns, film reviewer, said: It’s an intelligent weepy. It creeps up on you and then gently wrings your tear ducts till they squeak. In dealing with our relationships with our pets, and making a connection to our other, human, relationships, it’s skating on some thin ice, with a treacly Tokay of sentiment just below the surface, but I didn’t feel manipulated: instead I felt that the film illuminated something true about these strange “friendships” we form with animals. (See David’s full review here: My Life as a Dog).
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