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Peta Lily (play) and
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Plot:
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
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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 .... 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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The film was voted "Best of the Fest" at the Edinburgh Film Festival 1994.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
style over style, 9 June 2009
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Robert Golden has only made two films. This film, Beg, is subversive art, sure, but it doesn't mean that it would be considered very "good" art. It's main intention, for a large portion of the running time, is to disorientate the viewer, constantly, scene to scene, with a ferocious, unyielding grasp of cinematographic technique. There's barely a chance, until perhaps midway through the film, when we get a breather for a few scenes of characters trying to connect and talk, but mostly Golden and his DP string together a bunch of incomprehensible mind-f***s. Sometimes inventive, yes, but never more than just a surface of "hey, we can do lots of colorful-but-dark lighting" and surrealism just for its own sake.

The plot itself sounds interesting enough, about Doctor Second and her faulty attempts to control her ward of a mental hospital while also fighting to save the life of her father who is on life support. The actors seem to be left to their own warped devices since the director is too busy making every scene "DIRECTED BY". You might know this kind, like a lessor David Lynch who cares too much about the mood of a scene, and then another and another. It's suffocating to see so much of a flagrancy of technique, of trying to make this story, or stories, more important then they are with flash and whiplash style theatrics with the lens and editing tricks. It's like a magician who keeps throwing plates up in the air with technicolor effects - and then keeps doing it for far long past his welcome.

My advice, if you must watch a crazy European art-house movie on a mental hospital, check out Jan Svankmajer's Lunacy instead. There's a reason Golden didn't get very far after this film hit a few festivals and subsequently (and rightfully so) got picked up by Troma video. It looks fantastic, but it goes absolutely nowhere. You keep watching, but you wont know what's really going on most of the time except for lots of flash and sex and abnormal figures doing s***.

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