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Lawrence: After Arabia - Feature Film (2020)

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Lawrence: After Arabia is a British independent full length feature film which is currently in Production. It is slated for release in May 2020.

The film is a biopic of T.E. Lawrence which follows the last few years of T.E. Lawrence's life and his mysterious death following an accident on the road close to his cottage Clouds Hill. It was written, directed and co-produced by Mark J.T. Griffin with Tom Barber Duffy in his first starring role playing the lead. It also stars Nicole Ansari Cox as Sarah Lawrence, Brian Cox as Epilogue/Father, Michael Maloney as George Brough and Hugh Fraser as Lord Allenby.

This screenplay is a British period drama. A character study of a man many regarded as a 20th-Century hero. It uses extracts from letters and other contemporaneous documents to reconstruct Lawrence’s life, the accident, the inquest and Lawrence’s funeral and explores the conspiracy to have him murdered.

The film was produced between 2017 and 2020 and serves as an unofficial sequel to the earlier David Lean film Lawrence of Arabia with Peter O'Toole in the lead role and the 1990 film Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia with Lawrence played by Ralph Fiennes.

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The story of the last ten years of T.E. Lawrence’s (Lawrence of Arabia later T.E. Shaw) life from 1925, the publication of “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”, to his untimely and unexplained death in a motorcycle accident in 1935.

During that decade he centered his life at Clouds Hill, his cottage near Bovington Camp in Dorset.  During the period he built a strong circle of literary and artistic friends including Thomas Hardy (who lived close by), E.M. Forster, Siegfried Sassoon, George Bernard Shaw, Henry Williamson and many others.

He also continued a friendship with Winston Churchill whom he had worked for during the Paris Conference, resolving the Arabian issues in the early 1920s.  From this time onward Lawrence of Arabia spent the rest of his life escaping the epithet, using pseudonyms and changing his name.  There is also strong evidence that, as for many other soldiers, he suffered from depression brought on by Post-War Syndrome.

His uncompromising and direct manner had created many enemies. In 1927 he was posted for a short while to Karachi, at that time part of India, to get him “out of the way”. Returning to England he began designing RAF search and rescue speedboats and helped to push a Bill through Parliament to abolish the death penalty for cowardice. Early in 1935, the year of his death, Churchill began discussing with him a new role in preparation for what Churchill believed was war with Germany. At the same time Lawrence was supporting the Arabs against the Jewish settlement of Palestine. An Arab revolt would have destabilized the region with the possibility of loss of control of the Suez Cancel.

At 11.30am, May 13 1935, 46-year-old Lawrence was riding his motorcycle along a straight stretch of road between Bovington Camp and his cottage at Clouds Hill. At the same time two teenage boys were cycling pedal bikes in the same direction. For some unexplained reason Lawrence suddenly collided with the back wheel of one of the boy's bikes and was thrown off his motorcycle, fracturing his skull. He never regained consciousness and died six days later.

At the inquest, eyewitness Corporal Ernest Catchpole, said he had seen a black car traveling at speed passing Lawrence in the opposite direction just before the crash. The circumstances of his death continue to be a mystery and there is strong evidence that his involvement with the Arabs, close contact with the Black Shirts and with Churchill creating a senior position for him within the Secret Service in preparation for World War II, his death was a conspiracy engineered by MI5.

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