The Man Who Gave a Damn


Regent Street Theatre, London
December 17, 2015 – 19:30

Compelling documentary on the life of a great, forgotten star of the 1930’s. For those who only know Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind, The Man Who Gave a Damn reveals a fascinating figure who was one of Hollywood’s true, quiet rebels. A haunting, enigmatic presence in such classics as The Petrified Forest and The Scarlet Pimpernel, yet a man with “a core of steel” who yearned for creative control over his work. This compulsion eventually took him to a unique position as the inspirational symbol of Britain’s war effort. As a director-producer he was responsible for some brilliantly effective films: Pimpernel Smith andThe First of the Few and his radio broadcasts revealed a talent for reaching into the minds and hearts of America, drawing that country into the war effort and making bitter enemies of the Nazis.

Followed by actor, singer and writer, Paul Ryan conducting an on-stage Q&A with Tom Hamilton (director) and Tracy Jenkins (producer)