Armando Iannucci, the brain behind The Thick of It and new show Avenue 5 has made a new movie based on a beloved favourite. The Personal History of David Copperfield stars Skins’ Dev Patel as the Dickens hero and is coming to screens near you soon. But is the movie available to stream online as well as it being on at the cinema?
Is The Personal History of David Copperfield available to watch online?
As the film is only just arriving in cinemas, it is not available to download or stream online.
Any website claiming to have the film for streaming or download is illegal.
The Digital Economy Act 2017 means people could now face ten-year prison sentences for illegally streaming copyrighted content.
To be sure you’re not watching copyrighted material, you should go directly to companies such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, according to FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft).
To warn about screening movies online which are unavailable, CEO of FACT, Kieron Sharp said: “There are now more ways than ever for consumers to watch movies and TV but not going to legitimate sources to watch new movies is not a grey area: it is against the law.
“As well as being illegal, evidence shows that streaming pirated content is incredibly risky and can expose users to malware and inappropriate content.
“Not only does that deny the best viewing experience, it’s just not worth taking the chance.”
It is likely, however, the movie will be available to buy and download, which might become available at a similar time to its DVD and Blu-ray release.
Usually, this takes place around three to six months after the cinematic release, which will mean The Personal History of David Copperfield will be available to buy by the summer.
Who is in the cast of The Personal History of David Copperfield?
Dev Patel is David Copperfield, while the young version of the protagonist is played by Jairaj Varsani.
Tilda Swinton plays Betsey Trotwood, David’s aunt, while Hugh Laurie plays her companion, Mr Dick.
Mr Micawber, the wise guy who takes David in as a boy, is played by Peter Capaldi, while Ben Whishaw plays the snivelling Uriah Heep.
Paul Whitehouse is Mr Peggotty, the husband of David’s maid, Peggotty, played by Daisy May Cooper.
Aneurin Barnard plays David’s boarding school mate James Steerforth, and Morfydd Clark is Dora Spenlow, David’s first love.
The Wickfields, who are friends of the Trotwoods, are played by Benedict Wong and Rosalind Eleazar, the latter of whom plays Agnes.
Gwendoline Christie plays David’s terrifying aunt, Jane Murdstone, while Darren Boyd plays her brother and David’s wicked stepfather, Edward Murdstone.
Supporting characters are played by Anthony Welsh, Aimee Kelly, Sophie McShera, Divian Ladwa, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ruby Bental, Bronagh Gallagher and Matthew Cottle, as well as Anna Maxwell-Martin and Keith Harman.
The Personal History of David Copperfield is in cinemas on January 24