Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, is exiled to a small island for political reasons. On the island, the unemployed son of a poor fisherman is hired as an extra postman due to the huge increase in mail that this causes. Il postino is to hand-deliver the celebrity’s mail to him. Though poorly educated, the postman learns to love poetry and eventually befriends Neruda. Struggling to grow and express himself more fully, he suddenly falls in love and needs Neruda’s help and guidance more than ever. —IMDb
Michael Radford was born in New Delhi, India, to an English father and an Austrian mother. He grew up mainly in the Middle East, where his father served in the British Army, and was educated at Bedford School and at Worcester College, Oxford. At the age of 25, having been a teacher for a number of years in Edinburgh, he was accepted at the National Film School and became one of the first 25 students in its inaugural year.
Upon graduating in 1974 he embarked on a series of documentaries, mainly for the BBC. These included “The Madonna and the Volcano” (Grand Prix Nyon Documentary Festival 1976) and “Last Stronghold of the Pure Gospel”. In 1980 he directed his first feature film for BBC Scotland, entitled The White Bird Passes adapted from the novel by Jessie Kesson and winner of the Scottish Radio Industries Award in that year. It was the success of this collaboration that led to the writing and directing of Another Time, Another Place his first feature film… read more