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Frears and screenwriter Moira Buffini make a funny, touching and witty film out of Posy Simmonds' marvellous cartoon strip that spatchcocks awful middle-class country life. Gemma Arterton is a delightful Tamara Drewe, the young woman who returns to her native west country village with a nose-job, micro-shorts and an ambition to write a chicklit blockbuster; she understandably stirs up the passions of ex-boyfriend Andy (Luke Evans), pop star Ben (Dominic Cooper) and slimy middle-aged philanderer Nicholas (Roger Allam).

Paul Howlett, The Guardian, 21st December 2012

An early, if unseasonal, terrestrial premiere for this sunny 2010 comedy starring Gemma Arterton as the titular journalist who turns all the boys' heads when she returns to the Dorset village she grew up in, sporting a new nose and some very short shorts. Based on The Guardian's comic strip by Posy Simmonds, the country house farce is fluffy and charming rather than bawdy but you could warm your hands on the perfect summer scenery.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 23rd December 2011

Gemma Arterton, in saucy hotpants, returns to her native Dorset village to wreak emotional havoc on the local menfolk, in Stephen Frears's take on Posy Simmons's update of Far From the Madding Crowd. It's diverting enough as tragi-comic Aga-saga soap, but Tamsin Greig is superb as a novelist's wife who runs a writers' rural retreat.

The Daily Telegraph, 22nd December 2011

Tamara Drewe script in script archive

We're very excited to have been able to add the script for feature film, Tamara Drewe, to our script archive.

Fiona Mahon, BBC Writers Room Blog, 24th January 2011

Tamara Drewe Movie Review

Many people, wanting to escape the realities of their lives, wish they can spontaneously go away on a peaceful vacation or retreat. While not everyone can just drop everything and jet off to a relaxing destination, Sony Pictures found a way to take people away from their troubles, even if it's just for a little less than two hours.

Karen Benardello,, 28th September 2010

Culture Club: Tamara Drewe (15)

Readers review this week's film.

The Independent, 16th September 2010

Location Location Location - Frears go mad in Dorset

If these last, late summer weeks have seen west Dorset experience a surge in visits from French tourists we can thank Stephen Frears for it.

The Bournemouth Echo, 12th September 2010

Frolics, romance and a VERY frothy farce

Thomas Hardy was not exactly a merry old soul, but this film turns his period romance Far From The Madding Crowd into a sexy frolic that's like a frenzied coupling of Richard Curtis and Jilly Cooper.

Christopher Tookey, The Daily Mail, 10th September 2010

Review: Tamara Drewe

Tamara Drewe began life as a comic strip in the Guardian and, by golly, it shows.

Tara Brady, The Irish Times, 10th September 2010

Tamara Drewe, review

Gemma Arterton stars in Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe, a tart but essentially bucolic romp in Dorset.

Sukhdev Sandhu, The Daily Telegraph, 9th September 2010

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