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The English Patient Screening with Michael Ondaatje

Part of Man Booker 50

Sit back and enjoy the award-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s Booker Prize-winning novel on the big screen and a Q&A with the author.

The English Patient is the story of Count László de Almásy, who is badly burned in a plane crash, and tells his love story in flashbacks whilst he is cared for by a nurse.

The film, starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas, was released in 1997 and achieved critical acclaim, winning nine Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and six BAFTA Awards.

The screening is preceded by a Q&A with Michael Ondaatje.

Chaired by broadcaster, critic and writer Francine Stock.

Michael Ondaatje won the Man Booker Prize in 1992 with The English Patient. He is one of the world’s foremost writers whose work has influenced an entire generation of writers and readers.

Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses poetry, memoir, and film, and reveals a passion for defying conventional form. He is one of only two authors whose work has won the Man Booker Prize and an Oscar.

Dates & times

7 Jul 2018
Approximate run time: 210 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)

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Age recommendation
For ages 15+.

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