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Beg! -- An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival! A female surgeon working at a decrepit hospital gets tangled in a surreal web of intrigue and murder in this intense thriller from director Robert Golden.

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Writers:
Peta Lily (play) and
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A power struggle occurs at a hospital where a murder has been committed. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Peta Lily ... Dr. Penny Second / Sexy Nurse
Philip Pellew ... Detective Sergeant Stiltskin
Julian Bleach ... Dr. Rogers

Olegar Fedoro ... Hal (as Oleg Federov)
Jeremy Wilkin ... Dr. Melplash
Rex Doyle ... Pathologist
Chris Banks ... Dr. Second Senior

Rachel Izen ... Sister Helston
Stephanie Buttle ... Karen
Yasmin Pettigrew ... Nurse to Dr. Second Sr.
Terence Soall ... Dr. Ruden (as Terrence Soall)
David Tysall ... Dr. John Lord
James Clarkson ... Dr. Sterk

Simon Fisher-Becker ... Dr. Farth (as Simon Fisher Becker)
David Trevena ... Dr. Scut
John Scott Martin ... Nightwatchman
Tina Ellen Lee ... Club Singer
Gavin MacFadyen ... Detective Bland

Christopher Adamson ... Detective Jarvis
Polly Jackson ... Women's Ward Nurse

Mary Roscoe ... Pregnant Rioter

John Deery ... Riot Warder
Jelena Budimir ... Patient
Eve Pearce ... Patient
David Glass ... Young Daddy
Rosanna Marsh ... Young Penny
Eleanor Marsh ... Young Girl Patient
Malcolm Freeman ... Emergency Room
Sally O'Donnell ... Emergency Room
Angelo Piccigallo ... Emergency Room
David Ould ... Waiting Room
John Ould ... Waiting Room
Amelie von Harrach ... Waiting Room
Sinèad Skinner ... Waiting Room

Directed by
Robert Golden 
 
Writing credits
Peta Lily (play) and
David Glass (play)

Peta Lily (screenplay) and
David Glass (screenplay) and
Robert Golden (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Golden .... executive producer
Andrea Marsh .... associate producer
Sandra Yarwood .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen W. Parsons  (as Stephen Parsons)
David Pearl 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Middleton 
 
Film Editing by
Terry Jones 
Dean Wyles 
 
Casting by
Suzy Korel 
 
Production Design by
Harry Metcalfe 
 
Art Direction by
Sue Ferguson 
 
Costume Design by
Jo Van Schuppen  (as Jochien Van Schuppen)
 
Makeup Department
Karen Beadle .... hair & make-up designer: Beg!
Karen Beadle .... makeup designer
Xanthia Cooper .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Brian Windus .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Glass .... associate director
Steve Lincoln .... first assistant director
David Skynner .... third assistant director (as David Skinner)
Matthew Whitley .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Simon Bisset .... props driver
Lyndsay Bullock .... assistant art director (as Lindsay Bullock)
Gary Gleeson .... master painter
Justine Jones .... art department runner
Jonathan Leahey .... assistant art director
Barnaby Papworth .... master carpenter
Alan Pike .... art department runner
Damian Waters .... props
Barnaby Papworth .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Chris Domaille .... foley artist
Paul Hamblin .... dubbing mixer
Jonathan Jenkins .... foley mixer
Karl Mardert .... boom operator (as Karl Madert)
James Mather .... adr editor
James Mather .... sound effects editor
Lisa Newsome .... boom operator
Steve Taylor .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Dave Elsey .... special effects makeup
Adrian Getley .... special effects makeup
Alan Hedgcock .... special effects makeup
Brendan Lonergan .... special effects makeup
John Schoonraad .... special effects makeup
Cliff Wallace .... special effects makeup
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tessa Brown .... camera trainee
John Devine .... gaffer
Marco di Giulio .... best boy (as Marco Di Guilio)
Martin Duncan .... gaffer
Paul Englefield .... camera operator
Adam Harris .... electrician
Nic Holman .... electrician
Russell Hopkin .... focus puller
Brett Lamb-Shine .... focus puller
Michael McDermott .... gaffer (as Mick McDermott)
Chris Middleton .... lighting
Rob Roy .... focus puller
Stephen Sadler .... clapper loader
Matt Skinner .... focus puller
Mark Smythe .... camera operator
Jim Solan .... electrician
Corinne Turner .... still photographer
Gary Waters .... grip
Vanessa Woolf-Hoyle .... electrician (as Vanessa Woolfe)
Lucho Zuidema .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beatrice Balazs .... assistant costume designer
Tamsin Thorne .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Martin McGlone .... color grader
 
Music Department
Nehra Ashworth .... musician
Alexander Balanescu .... musician (as Alex Balanescu)
Richard Causon .... music programmer
Francis Haines .... composer: additional music
Simon Lupin .... music recording engineer
Chris Pye .... music recording engineer
Steve Sidwell .... musician
Joe Thompson .... musician
Nigel Woodhouse .... musician
 
Other crew
Richard Beresford .... legal services
Jamie Bossom .... location manager
Liz Broberg .... production assistant
Vanessa Davies .... unit publicist
Clifford Davis .... legal services
Mike Dempsey .... title designer
David Glass .... choreographer
Gary Gleeson .... dog owner
Maralyn Moseley .... bookkeeper
Chris Parkinson .... legal services
Marinella Setti .... continuity
Julie Tottman .... animal wrangler (as Julie Tottham)
 
Thanks
David Ellis .... thanks (as Dr. David Ellis)
Stiv Jenner .... thanks
Richard Paynter .... thanks
Clare Timms .... thanks: Soho 601
 

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108 min
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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
I know garbage when I see it..., 19 July 2006
Author: jse126 from United States

The insane asylum film genre seems utterly incapable of producing anything that sits firmly in the center of the bell curve; what comes out of it is either brilliant or awful, with the awful being just that and only that and not awful in that wonderful way that some films can be. Out of the first category come things like "House of Fools" and "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" and the slightly lesser but still admirable "Quills" among several others. At the other end of the bell emerge films like "Beg!"

There seems to be a toybox of images and affects that filmmakers pick and choose from when piecing together their vision of an insane asylum. It appears that the makers of Beg! raided the toybox in drunken madness, and took everything out and threw it into the big jumble that is this film. But as is often the case with drunken projects, the end result looks just like the mess that it always was. The non-drunken audience will not be fooled; however the drunken audience is just that - a drunken audience; drunk on bad imagery, inaudible dialogue, and their own pretensions.

If you choose to subject yourself to a bad insane asylum movie by purpose (I did not), then I do not think that I am spoiling anything by telling you what you will see. You will see the garish but fuzzily muted colors that unimaginative filmmakers seem to think represents the clouded yet energetic lunatic mind, the fuzzy colors that are supposed to let you know that you are seeing the world through the eyes of one deranged. Of course, with this timeworn modus operandi comes the notion that anybody connected with the lunatic world long enough comes to see everything in the same muted shades; ie., just who is the sane one anyway? Gee - that's a novel proposition. Never thought of that one before. And with this tactic comes the inevitable lack of much else in the way of a story or a reason for being - anything goes, since it's from the looney perspective. Anything can make sense, anything can be explained away. Who needs to understand (or even HEAR) the dialogue? Just look at the face of the tortured singer. That explains it all, right? RIGHT? Now, I'm not saying that a great movie needs to make sense. It certainly does not. Hell, "Yellow Submarine" makes no sense and it's gloriously enjoyable. Fellini made many films that, for many people, fall into the "makes no sense" category. And even those who think that they understand everything that Fellini did probably have most of it wrong, if he ever really "meant" anything with them anyway (I prefer not to look for sense, but that's just me). However, even Fellini's "worst" films were one thing that Beg! could never be - interesting. A poorly executed film that is in no way interesting is a waste of time and space; actually it's even worse than that, it can suck the life right out of a person for an hour or two that that person is never going to get back.

If I had to compare this to one film, one that seems to have the same feeling on the surface of it, it would be the French "Delicatessen." It's not really a fair comparison - Delicatessen is a great movie where Beg!, well, sucks. And although Delicatessen is not about an insane asylum, if any film ever explored that oh-so-fine line between sane and insane then it is Delicatessen, with its images of "normal" people who were quite "normal" before the bomb dropped and now seem to have no qualms about eating dead family members. That one takes quite the trip into the human psyche. I use Delicatessen as a yardstick for Beg! in part because Beg mines the same territory, but mainly because Beg! has the very same look and feel that Delicatessen did. When the first reel of Beg! started rolling I was immediately transported back to the same emotional place that Delicatessen exists in and for a brief few moments thought that I had stumbled onto another great one. But it soon panned out to show that I had not. It's as if Delicatessen was a sort of "PhotoShop filter" and the makers of Beg! applied it liberally to their movie. But anyone who is familiar with PhotoShop knows that no amount of filtering will make a truly bad and boring photo good and interesting. You can get the same fuzzy muted colors but they don't go anywhere. Like Beg!.

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