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Experience Preferred... But Not Essential (1982)

 -  Drama  -  22 December 1982 (UK)
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A shy, introverted young girl takes a summer job at a seaside resort in Wales. She finds the staff, the owners and patrons unlike anyone she has ever met before.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Edmonds ...
Sue Wallace ...
Geraldine Griffiths ...
Karen Meagher ...
Maggie Wilkinson ...
Ron Bain ...
Alun Lewis ...
Robert Blythe ...
Roy Heather ...
Peter Doran ...
Arwen Holm ...
Sion Tudor Owen ...
Robert Gwilym ...
Mostyn Evans ...
Paul Haley ...
Mr. Howard


A shy, introverted young girl takes a summer job at a seaside resort in Wales. She finds the staff, the owners and patrons unlike anyone she has ever met before.

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A delicious new comedy from the producer of "Chariots of Fire" and "Local Hero."




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Released theatrically in the U.S., but not before it gained cult-status on public television showings. See more »


Doreen: [regarding her roommates late-night antics with her boyfriend] It's like a Swedish film in there! I feel sea-sick.
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a uniquely human experience
24 July 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

The character of Annie is the central point of the story. Played by Elizabeth Edmonds, she is awkward, confident, shy, and easy to identify with. Edmonds, who you've probably never seen before, shows off a beautiful humanity in her character. And that is true for the rest of the cast. Each of them are given people with real personalities and eccentricities. Nobody is flat or dull to watch.

This film is directed by Peter Duffell, a man who made little else of note during his career (unless you count "The House That Dripped Blood", and I don't). The style here is somewhat more the territory of producer David Puttnam, who worked on several such films. This is almost the prototype for Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero", which Puttnam produced the following year.

I can't say what it is about "Experience Preferred... But Not Essential". It could be how it brilliantly pulls off an overlong title. Haha. Or the fact that it's so pure and down-to-earth. It's little-seen, that much is sure. So anyone coming across it is certainly free to consider it a personal discovery. Being only available on VHS makes that an ever-rarer possibility. I found it at a tiny store that carries this sort of thing. It's a fun, cheerful, mostly light film. You should enjoy it. I know I did.

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