• Publication date: February 20, 2013

Stuart: A Life Backwards

The biography written by Alexander Masters to commemorate the life of his homeless friend Stuart Shorter. The story moves backwards from Stuart's activism for the homeless, to his years in prison and crime, to his abusive upbringing and troubled childhood in Manchester...

The biography written by Alexander Masters  (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch) to commemorate the life of his homeless friend Stuart Shorter (played by Tom Hardy). The story moves backwards from Stuart's activism for the homeless, to his years in prison and crime, to his abusive upbringing and troubled childhood in Manchester.

Born with a genetic disease (Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy) which he inherited from his father, young Stuart was abused by his older brother, then his babysitter, then again by the notorious paedophile Keith Laverack who would be jailed in 1996 for 18 years for his many trespasses against children. Stuart would become mentally unstable leading him to a life of violence and crime which result in prison time. After prison he would live on the streets as a homeless man for years before being saved by activists working for a charity for the homeless. This began Stuart's efforts to campaign the plight of the homeless...

 

Starring:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Nicola Duffett
  • Tom Hardy
  • Claire-Louise Cordwell
  • Edna Dore
  • Candis Nergaard

Directed by:  David Attwood

Rating:  R for language, sexuality and drug use.