The award-winning drama "Stuart A Life Backwards" details the friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator (Alexander) and a chaotic homeless man (Stuart), whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison. As Alexander learns more about Stuart’s complicated life and traumatic childhood, he asks if he can write his story and Stuart advises him to write the story backwards, so that it’s more exciting like a Tom Clancy murder-mystery. As their remarkable alliance develops, Stuart gradually recounts his life story in reverse, his resilient personality and dry sense of humour giving the story an almost tragi-comic edge. Through post-office heists, attempts at suicide and spells inside various institutions, Alexander is given a glimpse into a totally Alien World and begins to understand how Stuart's life spiralled so badly out of control.
- Stuart a Life Backwards review by JD
Tom Hardy is such a good actor he even manages to make Benedict look a bit wooden. He plays a tragic character with muscular dystrophy who has become an aggressive, heroine abusing drunk. Tom even makes this interesting and endearing without sentiment or heroism. The plot goes deeper into the past explaining how he got into this horrible mess. At the end it all seems so inevitable. Utterly sad. Don't watch unless you want despair. It's brilliant.