Leni Goes to Hollywood
Drama of the Week
Friday, 27 August
Colin Shindler’s new drama about German filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl. Leni’s star is riding high in Europe following the success of her film, Olympia, and she turns her attention to conquering Hollywood.
Leni Riefenstahl ….. Elinor Coleman
Marlene Dietrich ….. Gwendoline Christie
Ernst Jaeger ….. Shaun Mason
Goebbels/Walt Disney ….. Simon Ludders
Walter Winchell/Georg Gyssling ….. Sam Dale
Hedda Hopper ….. Nancy Crane
Olympic Commentary ….. Joseph Ayre
Directed by Gemma Jenkins
In a blend of fact and fantasy, this psychological portrait becomes an exploration of artistic obsession and driving ambition. It poses the question, to what extent can the art ever be separated from the artist?
Colin Shindler is the Bafta award winning television writer and producer behind the long-running TV series Lovejoy and the motion picture Buster, for which he wrote the screenplay.
This was originally aired on BBC Radio 4.