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Dreaming of Joseph Lees is a 1999 British romantic drama film directed by Eric Styles and starring Rupert Graves, Samantha Morton and Nicholas Woodeson. It is an adaptation of a story written by Catherine Linstrum set in rural England in the late 1950s. The film was distributed by the Fox Entertainment Group. Samantha Morton's performance in the film won the Evening Standard Award British Film Award for Best Actress.

Dreaming of Joseph Lees
Directed byEric Styles
Produced byChristopher Milburn
Written byCatherine Linstrum
Music byZbigniew Preisner
CinematographyJimmy Dibling
Edited byCaroline Limmer
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
Running time
92 min (USA release)
80 min (Slamdance Film Festival)
Box office$12,044[1]


Set in rural England in the 1950s Eva (Samantha Morton) fantasises about her handsome, worldly cousin Joseph Lees (Rupert Graves), with whom she fell in love as a girl. However, stuck in a closed community she becomes the object of someone else's fantasy, Harry (Lee Ross). When Harry learns that Eva is planning to leave the village in order to live with and look after the injured Lees, he devises a gruesome scheme in order to force her to stay and look after him.


  • Rupert Graves - Joseph Lees
  • Samantha Morton - Eva
  • Nicholas Woodeson - Mr. Dian
  • Lee Ross - Harry
  • Felix Billson - Robert
  • Lauren Richardson - Janie
  • Frank Finlay - Father
  • Vernon Dobtcheff - Italian Doctor
  • Miriam Margolyes - Signora Caldoni
  • Holly Aird - Maria
  • Freddy Douglas - Danny (as Freddie Douglas)
  • Richie Tong√© - Nude Model
  • Harry Selby - First Boxer
  • Juan Thomas - Referee
  • Emma Cunniffe - Red-Haired Girl


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