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My Family and Other Animals (film)

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Directed by
Sheree Folkson

Original language(s)

Country of origin
United Kingdom

Running time
90 minutes

My Family and Other Animals (film)

Written by
Gerald Durrell (book) Simon Nye (writer)

Eugene Simon Imelda Staunton Chris Langham Omid Djalili Matthew Goode Russell Tovey Tamzin Merchant

My Family and Other Animals is a 2005 television film written by Simon Nye and directed by Sheree Folkson. The film is based on the autobiographical book of the same title written by Gerald Durrell, in which he describes a series of anecdotes relating to his family's stay on Corfu from 1935–39, when he was aged 10–14.



My Family and Other Animals tells the story of the Durrell family, Lawrence Durrell, Leslie Durrell, Margaret Durrell and Gerald Durrell, as well as their mother Louisa Durrell, as they spend five years (1935–1939) on the Greek island of Corfu. The family reside in a series of villas, and spend their time indulging in their varying interests. Gerald develops his passion for wildlife, his mother spends her time cooking and worrying about everyone else; Larry writes and annoys the entire family with high-brow guests and unhelpful suggestions; Leslie develops his passion for ballistics and sailing, whilst Margo sunbathes and enchants the local young men.


  • Eugene Simon as Gerald Durrell
  • Imelda Staunton as Mother
  • Chris Langham as Theodore Stephanides
  • Omid Djalili as Spiro
  • Matthew Goode as Larry Durrell
  • Russell Tovey as Leslie Durrell
  • Tamzin Merchant as Margo Durrell
  • Alexander Armstrong as Narrator/Adult Gerry (Voice Over)
  • References

    My Family and Other Animals (film) Wikipedia

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