Synopsis Cast & Crew

On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony's sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had never before dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl's scheming imagination, and Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt for which will colour her entire life.


Keira Knightley Celia
Nonso Anozie Frank Mace
Benedict Cumberbatch Paul Marshall
Patrick Kennedy Leon
Juno Temple Lola
Brenda Blethyn Grace
Vanessa Redgrave Older Briony
Romola Garai Briony (at eighteen)
Saoirse Ronan Briony (at thirteen)
James McAvoy Robbie
Danny Mays Tommy Nettle


Joe Wright Director
Sarah Greenwood Production Designer
Jacqueline Durran Costume Designer
Seamus McGarvey Director of Photography
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Jane Frazer Co-producer
Paul Webster Producer
Eric Fellner Producer
Tim Bevan Producer
Ivana Primorac Make-Up & Hair Designer

Two Academy Awards for Working Title productions

25th February 2008

'Atonement' and 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' each scooped an award at last night's 80th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood.

'Atonement' triumphant at the BAFTAs

11th February 2008

'Atonement' has scooped the top prize at the BAFTA film awards, having been named best film at the star-studded ceremony in London last night.