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1980 (UK) See more »
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The planet has been affected by a mysterious occurrence known as the Violent Unknown Event, or V.U.E... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Absurd, eccentric, fastidious, hilarious, intricate. A fantastic frivolous frolic. See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Peter Westley
Aad Wirtz
Michael Murray
Lorna Poulter
Patricia Carr
Adam Leys ... Narrator
Mary Howard
Sheila Canfield ... Narrator
Evelyn Owen
Hilary Thompson ... Narrator
Carole Meyer
Monica Hyde
Colleen Thomas
Neil Hopkins
Dewi Thomas
Peter Sacro
Keith Pendlebury
Robert Worby
Marcia Pendlebury

Stephen Quay

Timothy Quay
Tom Hunsinger
Martin Burrows ... Narrator
Maggie Palmer
Adejbo Nkasaggi
Maurice Tarplin (as Maurice Tarlin)
Patrick Whitney
Alicia Webb
Sandra Williams
Garry Morris
Richard Jenkins
Serena MacBeth ... Narrator
John Wilson
Leslie Wilson
Gabor Vernon
Rod Stoneman
Howard Milner
Aet Nyman
Teet Toome
Reeta Toome
Alfret Toome
Martin Pawky
Jeremy Tarling
Graham Jones
Chris Auty
Glyn Fielding
Chris Rodriquez
John Lea
Alice Skillings
Michelle Caborn
Simon Fea
Kenneth Breese
Edith Lazenby
Nigel Algar
Lucy Finch
Donald Lazenby
Terry Lansbury
Freida Jones
Pat Hopkins
Peter Sainsbury
Ian Lake
David Cowper
Sarah Cowper
Lucy Skeaping
Herbert Mullinger
Christine Metcalfe
Christopher Metcalfe
Lilian Mullinger
Marion Brame
Wendy Evans
Bob Godfrey ... G. Odfrey
Mick O'Connor
Reina James
Chris Thomas
Alderich Asonbryl
Dorothy Bradley
Udi Eichler
Cathy Lake
Dave Lawton
Brigitte Kahn
Glennys Williams
John W. Hyde (as John Hyde)
Christopher Williams
Gillian Tarlin
Russel Flint
J.J. Czipri
Lucia Apel
Molly Nyman
Rachel Penfold
Simon De Quincey

Peter Greenaway ... Interviewer
Colin Haap
Colin Berwick
Anthony Sloman ... Person (as Tony Sloman)
Peter Nage
Colin Cantlie ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cedric Pheasant

Directed by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Writing credits
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Peter Greenaway 

Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Mike Coles 
John Rosenberg 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Sound Department
Tony Anscombe .... dubbing mixer
Mick Audsley .... sound
Malcolm Hirst .... sound
Dave Lawton .... sound
Digby Rumsey .... sound
Diana Ruston .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Bough .... assistant camera
Glynn Fielding .... grip
Donald Lazenby .... still photographer
Tex Ledcote .... additional camera operator
Michael Nyman .... still photographer
David Scott .... assistant camera
Andrew Speller .... assistant camera
Bert Walker .... camera operator: rostrum camera
Francine Winham .... additional camera operator
 
Music Department
Rory Allam .... musician
Brian Eno .... composer: additional music
Barbara Grant .... musician
Ben Grove .... musician
Ian Mitchell .... musician
Michael Nyman .... conductor
Michael Nyman .... musician
Keith Pendlebury .... composer: additional music (as Kieth Pendlbury)
Steve Saunders .... musician
Lucy Skeaping .... musician
Doug Wootton .... musician
 
Thanks
Kenneth Breese .... special acknowledgment
Bernie Brown .... special acknowledgment
David Cowper .... special acknowledgment
 

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195 min
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Cameo: [Michael Nyman]See more »
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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Absurd, eccentric, fastidious, hilarious, intricate. A fantastic frivolous frolic., 12 May 2000
Author: Afracious from England

Welcome to the highly personal paramount of Greenaway's work. His scathing documentary on general English silliness. An elongated, meticulously constructed piece of fabulous fantasy. A fantastic frivolous frolic. The film chronicles the biographies of 92 selected victims of the Violent Unknown Event, or VUE for short - a strange occurrence that has left people speaking strange languages and experiencing bird-related symptoms. All of the victims' surnames' begin with the word FALL. The bios are described by several narrators. Some of the bios are curt, others are fastidiously described. They are always witty. Examples being a victim who continually tells bird jokes, "Why do birds fly south for the winter? Because it's too far for them to walk". Others constantly drive in circles. Many of them have new talents, like spitting long distances. Some of the bios reminded me of Monty Python sketches, with the similar zest of absurd English humour.

It is a challenge to sit through it all in one go, and is probably best viewed on video in two or three attempts. Not recommended for everyone, but if you want something hilariously different look no further.

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