My Family and Other Animals (film)

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
Written byGerald Durrell (book)
Simon Nye (writer)
Directed bySheree Folkson
StarringEugene Simon
Imelda Staunton
Chris Langham
Omid Djalili
Matthew Goode
Russell Tovey
Tamzin Merchant
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)2 Entertain
Original release
  • 27 December 2005 (2005-12-27)


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.


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