• Publication date: February 12, 2014

The Sleeping Dictionary

A young Englishman is sent to Sarawak to become part of the British government. Soon he has to make very tough decisions.

  • Publication date: February 12, 2014

The Sleeping Dictionary

Program data

Duration: 105

Production Year: 2003

MBC Max:

July 17, 2016 22:00 (KSA) ~ July 17, 2016 21:00 (CLT)

John Truscott is sent to Sarawak in the 1930s, to hold government position, and help the Iban people. He reports to Henry Bullard who lives there with his wife. John is also facing a cultural shock of sort, getting used to the customs there. He is also given, Selima ( Jesica Alba) to be his “Sleeping dictionary”, meaning to sleep with him and teach him the Local language.

A budding romance starts between the two, a relation condemned by both the local elders and Bullard. But his love is too strong and he is determined to fight for it. Even if this means defying the orders…


  • Hugh Dancy as John Truscott
  • Jessica Alba as Selima
  • Brenda Blethyn as Aggie Bullard
  • Emily Mortimer as Cecilia Bullard
  • Bob Hoskins as Henry Bullard
  • Christopher Ling Lee Ian as Jasmine
  • Junix Inocian as Famous
  • Michael Jessing Langgi as Melaka
  • Mano Maniam as Policeman
  • K.K. Moggie as Tipong
  • Cicilia Anak Richard as Jester Woman
  • Malcolm Rogers as Vicar
  • Eugene Salleh as Belansai
  • Noah Taylor as Neville Shipperly
  • Kate Helen White as Mandar
  • Prang as Famous Monkey

Directed by: Guy Jenkin

Rating: R