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An Awfully Big Adventure -- In Liverpool in 1947, a theatre company is planning to produce a series of plays. Sixteen year old Stella...


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Release Date:
21 July 1995 (USA) See more »
In a world of make believe Stella is about to discover the difference between true love... and real life. See more »
Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan... See more » | Full synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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unusual theatre drama See more (29 total) »


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Directed by
Mike Newell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Beryl Bainbridge  novel
Charles Wood 

Produced by
Victor Glynn .... co-producer
Conor Harrington .... co-producer
Hilary Heath .... producer
Philip Hinchcliffe .... producer
John Kelleher .... executive producer
Steve Matthews .... script producer
Mark Shivas .... executive producer
John Sivers .... executive producer
Andrew Warren .... associate producer
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope 
Film Editing by
Jon Gregory 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
Mark Geraghty 
Art Direction by
David Wilson  (as Dave Wilson)
Costume Design by
Joan Bergin 
Makeup Department
Ann Buchanan .... hair designer
Ann Buchanan .... make up designer
Francesca Crowder .... hair stylist
Stephanie O'Rourke .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
George Adams .... executive production manager
John McDonnell .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Noel Byrne .... third assistant director
Jim Gorman .... assistant director
Martin O'Malley .... assistant director
Mickey Walsh .... second assistant director
Art Department
Tommy Bassett .... construction manager
Triona Coen .... stand-by props
Clodagh Conroy .... art department stand-by
Eddie Cunningham .... carpenter
Owen Monaghan .... dressing props
Paddy Murray .... stand-by props
Tony Nicholson .... dressing props
Eamonn O'Higgins .... property master
Alan Scott .... painter
Jeanne Vertigan .... production buyer
Sound Department
Philip Alton .... foley editor
Sue Baker .... sound editor
Brian Blamey .... dialogue editor
Mick Boggis .... dubbing assistant
Stephen Farrell .... sound trainee
Derek Holding .... dialogue editor
Tim Lewiston .... assistant dialogue editor
Derek Lomas .... assistant sound editor
Peter Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
John Salter .... boom operator
Peter Sutton .... sound mixer
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Maurice Foley .... special effects supervisor
Martin Grace .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ciarán Barry .... clapper loader
Alan Butler .... focus puller
Kenny Byrne .... second focus puller
Tom Collins .... still photographer
John Conroy .... assistant camera
John Conroy .... clapper loader
Seamus Corcoran .... additional camera operator
Sean Corcoran .... camera operator: second unit
Con Dempsey .... gaffer
Kieran Dempsey .... best boy
Terry Eiffe .... electrician
Philip Fitzsimons .... electrician
Jonathan Hession .... still photographer
Philip Murphy .... grip
Jimmy O'Meara .... rigger
Tony Rowland .... key grip
Des Whelan .... camera operator: "a" camera
Casting Department
Romany Turner .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh .... assistant costume designer
Gabriel O'Brien .... wardrobe trainee
Maeve Paterson .... costume supervisor
Ann Stokes .... wardrobe assistant
Fiona Whelan .... costumes
Editorial Department
Valentina Giambanco .... second assistant editor
Mick Mahon .... editor trainee
Clive Noakes .... color supervisor
Ian Seymour .... first assistant editor
Ben Yeates .... second assistant editor (as Ben Yates)
Tom Mayclim .... negative cutting assistant (uncredited)
Vaughn Mullady .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Phil Chapman .... music mixer
Allan Jenkins .... score assistant engineer
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation captain
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Dougal Cousins .... location manager
Daisy Cummins .... extras coordinator
Janette Hamill .... location coordinator
Toby Hefferman .... production assistant
Andrew Hegarty .... location assistant
Barbara Holloway .... publicist
Gerry Lundberg .... unit publicist
John McKenna .... chief armorer
Johnny Mulligan .... assistant accountant (as John Mulligan)
Suzanne Nicell .... location coordinator
Andrew Noakes .... production accountant
Sinead O'Brien .... production runner
Anneliese O'Callaghan .... production coordinator
Lisa Parker .... assistant production coordinator
Laerke Sigfred Pedersen .... script supervisor

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Rated R for sexuality and some language
112 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Finland:K-14 | Germany:12 (bw) | Iceland:L (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

The film was made and released about six years after its source novel of the same name by Beryl Bainbridge had been first published in 1989.See more »
Continuity: Stella's coat as her uncle leaves the bathroom.See more »
P.L. O'Hara:Don't you love me just a bit?
Stella:No, I love another.
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Movie Connections:
References Stella Maris (1925)See more »


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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
unusual theatre drama, 15 November 2003
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Young stage-struck Stella (Georgina Cates) has bright dyed red hair and lives with her aunt and uncle (Rita Tushingham and Alun Armstrong, both very good) in run-down Liverpool. She joins a theatre group where she isn't required to do very much and develops a crush on vain director Meredith (Hugh Grant, better than usual) and a half-contempt for the other members of the company (including a wicked parody of the professional ham from Edward Petherbridge). When flamboyant actor PL O'Hara (Alan Rickman, excellent) arrives to play Captain Hook in a new production of Peter Pan, his fate becomes entangled with Stella's in a way neither of them could have predicted. This movie veers from a sharp set of character studies of provincial theatre to a weird and twisted love story with a tragic resolution. Aside from the main story, there are two lovely support roles for Prunella Scales and Peter Firth. The one problem in the cast is Cates, whose background was in TV sitcom and it shows.

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