6 films featuring British actor Toby Jones

With roles ranging from a sound engineer to portraying Hitchcock, Toby Jones is one of the most iconic and loved talents of British cinema. Here is the list of our top picks from this world-renowned actor’s repertoire:

Berberian Sound Studio (2012) by Peter Strickland (United Kingdom)

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In Berberian Sound Studio, Toby Jones plays a naïve sound engineer who takes a job on an Italian horror film during the 1970s. The studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art, where Jones’ character, while lost in a spiral of acoustics, has to confront his own demons. The film was selected and awarded in numerous festivals such as Gerardmer, Locarno and Sitges. Peter Strickland and Toby Jones received awards for Best Director and Best Actor, respectively, at the British Independent Film Awards.

Leave to Remain by Bruce Goodison (2013, United Kingdom)

Leave to Remain is a film based on the real-life stories of a group of children, compiled by BAFTA Award-winning director Bruce Goodison. It tackles the issue of teenage asylum seekers who arrive in Britain without their parents and struggle to build a life for themselves. The film owes its outstanding performances to the real refugees, who play the leading roles and are supported by the internationally acclaimed actor Toby Jones, who plays Nigel, a caring teacher at a London refugee centre. The film was selected at Toronto and BFI London Film Festival, among many others, and won Best Youth Film at the BUFF International Film Festival in Sweden. 

Marvellous by Julian Farino (2014, United Kingdom)

Marvellous is a truly inspirational British TV movie. Toby Jones plays Neil Baldwin, who is considered to have learning difficulties but does not let this stop him from living a happy and fulfilling life. From joining the circus to becoming a lay preacher and making his way onto the Queen's Christmas card list, Neil’s life is simply marvellous! Toby Jones breathes life into this drama with his astonishing performance. The film won Best Single Drama at the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards, while this role saw Toby Jones nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Leading Actor and winning the Golden FIPA at Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes. 

The Girl by Julian Jarrold (2012, United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, USA)

The Girl is a TV biographical drama, in which Toby Jones gives one of the best performances of his career with his portrayal of Alfred Hitchcock. The film follows the notorious director, who, after Grace Kelly’s retirement, discovers American model and actress Tippi Hedren (played by Sienna Miller), and thrusts her into the spotlight. The Girl tells the tale of their turbulent relationship, as Hitchcock becomes obsessed with his star. Both Toby Jones and Sienna Miller received Golden Globe, Emmy, and BAFTA Award nominations for their performances, while the film was named Best Television Short-Form Drama by the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. 

The Man Who Knew Infinity by Matt Brown (2015, United Kingdom)

The Man Who Knew Infinity is a biopic about Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematical genius from India who sends his theorems to Cambridge professor G.H. Hardy, which eventually culminates in his going to the United Kingdom. The film tells the incredible story of a man who gave rise to some of the field’s more remarkable discoveries of the 20th century. Ramanujan is played by Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), with Toby Jones featuring alongside him in the role of John Edensor Littlewood, the only friendly person Ramanujan meets among the Cambridge academics.

Dad’s Army by Oliver Parker (2016, United Kingdom)

Dad’s Army is a British war comedy, based on the BBC television sitcom. In it Toby Jones gives an incredibly charming and funny performance, playing one of the leading characters, Captain Mainwaring, who is faced with the arrival of a German spy – an unwanted guest, whose appearance just happens to coincide with an attractive journalist (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) coming to town to write a report on Mainwaring and his squad.

30 September 2016, by Cineuropa