Based on Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast
novel trilogy that has elements of fantasy due to its Gothic-like
story, Gormenghast is a true BBC feat to successfully recreate the
story on film.
Taking place in the castle of
Gormenghast, a huge and almost labyrinth-like construction that has
seen better years; the denizens of this castle are stuck in a
The story revolves around a cunning
kitchen boy named Steerpike who would not look out of place of a
Dickens’ novel. Through his jealously of the hierarchy of
Gormenghast, Steerpike vows to rise through the ranks.
What really sets this movie apart from
some of the drudgery on TV at the moment is the amazing cast that
was assembled for this film which truly go above and beyond the
story and assist in drawing you into this fantasy story.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was truly born to
play the part of Steerpike with his Elven features that suits the
Gothic setting of this tale. There’s also some other big name actors
and comedians such as Christopher Lee who is brilliant as a servant,
Steve Pemberton and even Spike Milligan.
With perfect video and audio quality,
you really have to love digital TV, Gormenghast also features a
great making of documentary and character profiles which are fun to
Definitely a series that can be enjoyed
by all those who love a fantasy inspired story.
The Making of Gormenghast