Film: Typist Artist Pirate King




Typist Artist Pirate King is, quite simply, a wonderful film and one of the best of the year so far. The film is a fictionalized portrait of the life of Audrey Amis, a student at the Royal Academy of Arts who was unable to finish her studies due to mental illness. She died in 2013 leaving behind a massive collection of her work and writing which were discovered after her death.

I must declare an interest here, the writer and director of this film is a wonderful lady called Carol Morely. Carol is the UK’s leading female filmmaker, and not only that, but she’s a friend of mine as well, so I will try to be objective.

Carol imagines Audrey persuading the carer to drive her to an art exhibition. What she doesn’t tell her as they set off is that the exhibition is in her hometown, of Sunderland. Given that they are in London this turns out to be quite a trip! When her carer says that: “You told me the trip was local”, Audry replies: “Well it’s local to me”!

Once on the road, they stop at various locations that played a part in Audrey’s life, and she imagines various people are different characters she’s met over the years. The film has some wonderful moments of fantasy and is funny, entertaining, revealing, and deeply moving. I loved every minute. The two leads, Monica Dolan and Kelly Macdonald, are both fantastic in their respective roles and if there is any justice both would be nominated for awards. The film has a lovely score by Carly Paradis, and Carol’s direction is inventive as it is gripping. A superb experience that will leave you with something in your eye and a spring in your step. Thoroughly recommended.

Main Photo Credit:

Andy Godfrey

Andy Godfrey is a speaker with Outreach UK and has been in full-time Christian work for many years. He is a founding member of the Mark Kermode Appreciation Society and has a collection of nearly 3,000 movies. He’s also an ardent Bristol City fan.

You may also like

Sorted Magazine

Sorted discusses the big issues of the day – focusing on subjects as diverse as culture, sport, cars, health, faith, gadgets, humour and relationships. We aim to be positive and wholesome in all we do. And we have been achieving this since 2007.

Every printed issue of Sorted is read by more than 100,000 men in 21 different countries – while digitally, the number of people reading our online content (free and via subscription) continues to soar.




Follow Us



Visit our shop for great gift ideas