In his first feature film, National Theatre Artist in Residence, Alexander Zeldin has written and directed LOVE, which tells the story of families brought together and placed in temporary accommodation in the run up to Christmas. Amongst them Colin, a middle aged man, and his elderly mother Barbara, relocated from their previous housing, and a young couple – Dean and Emma – preparing to welcome a new child into their family. LOVE aired on BBC Two in December 2018.


LOVE is based on the play of the same name which opened at the National Theatre in December 2016 in a co-production with Birmingham Rep, before transferring to the Rep in 2017.


LOVE is produced by Cuba Pictures and is a co-production with the National Theatre for BBC Arts BBC Films and Arts Council England. The Producer is Caroline Lawrence and the Executive Producers are Dixie Linder and Nick Marston for Cuba Pictures, David Schwimmer, Rufus Norris for the National Theatre, Emma Cahusac for BBC Arts, and Polly Stokes for BBC Films.


“Profoundly moving”

Mark Brown, The Guardian

“Sobering Christmas story”

Adam Sherwin, iNew

“Poignant tales of the bonds of love keeping people together during intensely difficult times”

Ashleigh Rainbird, Mirror