David Lean’s ill-fated Almería epic

British director’s stillborn project to become subject of TV documentary to mark anniversary of film-maker’s death

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The film production team were in Carboneras and Mojacar earlier this month carrying out interviews and shooting rushes for the up-and-coming documentary on British director David Lean

NEWS Staff Reporter

A film crew from digital TV channel TCM last week shot scenes in Almería for a documentary about late British director Sir David Lean’s ill-fated attempt to make a movie in the province – 25 years after his death.

Titled ‘El Sueño Imposible de David Lean’ (David Lean’s impossible dream), the documentary charts the last years of the famous filmmaker’s life and his failed bid to make a film adaption of Joseph Conrad’s novel, Nostromo.

Lean, who directed such epics as Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai and Doctor Zhivago, died in April 1991 from throat cancer just weeks before filming was due to start.

Set in a fictional South American country, Nostromo tells the story of its eponymously titled hero – an Italian sailor who becomes a silver smuggler and is eventually destroyed by greed and corruption.

The documentary, directed by Goya-winner Pedro González Bermúdez, is due to be broadcast in September and will feature interviews with British playwright Cristopher Hampton, actor Georges Corraface and CA News editor, Richard Torné.

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