Keep the Aspidistra Flying (released in the United States and New Zealand as A Merry War) is a 1997 British romantic comedy film directed by Robert Bierman and based on the novel by George Orwell. The screenplay was written by Alan Plater and was produced by Peter Shaw. The film stars Richard E. Grant and Helena Bonham Carter. Derek Elley of Variety magazine, called it a terrific adaptation, and a "constant, often very funny delight to the ears". Elley praised the casting but was critical of the uncinematic direction. Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave it a grade A-.