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Esther Freud (novel)
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Release Date:
26 April 1999 (USA) See more »
It's not just an adventure... It's a love affair. See more »
Hideous Kinky is the story of two sisters (seven and five years old) traveling with their hippie mother from London to Morocco... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kate Winslet ... Julia

Saïd Taghmaoui ... Bilal
Bella Riza ... Bea
Carrie Mullan ... Lucy
Pierre Clémenti ... Santoni
Abigail Cruttenden ... Charlotte

Ahmed Boulane ... Ben Said
Sira Stampe ... Eva

Amidou ... Sufi Sheikh

Michelle Fairley ... Patricia

Kevin McKidd ... Henning

Peter Youngblood Hills ... Hippy
Mohcine Barmouni ... Aziz
Annouar Zrika ... Hicham
Mohamed Cherkaoui ... Hadaoui
Abderrahim Bargache ... Doctor
Khaldi Cherif ... Village Elder
Ahmed Madha ... Poet
Frédérique Zepter ... Translator
Salah-Dine Fenjirou ... Bank Clerk
Roukia Bent H'mad ... Bilal's Wife
Hassan Bajja ... Policeman
Abdellatif Jamal Saadi ... Sufi Gate Man
Lisa Orgolini ... Tourist
David Baxt ... Tourist
Fadila Benmoussa ... Hotel Lady
Khadija Adly ... Hotel Lady
Malika Khaldi ... Hotel Lady
Khadija Belkiyal ... Hotel Lady
Abdelkader Lofti ... Ticket Clerk (as Abdelkader Lotfi)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jim Threapleton ... Man sitting on a wall. (uncredited)

Directed by
Gillies MacKinnon 
Writing credits
Esther Freud (novel)

Billy MacKinnon (writer)

Produced by
Marina Gefter .... co-producer
Annabel Karouby .... co-producer
Simon Relph .... executive producer
Paul Sarony .... line producer
Pierre Sayag .... line producer: France
Emmanuel Schlumberger .... co-producer
Ann Scott .... producer
Mark Shivas .... executive producer
Original Music by
John E. Keane  (as John Keane)
Cinematography by
John de Borman 
Film Editing by
Pia Di Ciaula 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
Pierre Gompertz 
Louise Marzaroli 
Art Direction by
Jon Henson 
Costume Design by
Kate Carin 
Makeup Department
Khalid Alami .... makeup assistant
Mel Gibson .... hair designer
Mel Gibson .... makeup designer
Alison Munn .... makeup dailies
Majdouline Rimmel .... makeup dailies
Lesa Warrener .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hilary Benson .... production manager
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Omar Jawal .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adil Abdelwahab .... third assistant director
Larbi Idrissi .... third assistant director
Billy MacKinnon .... second unit director
Mohamed Nesrate .... first assistant director
Jim Threapleton .... third assistant director
Beni Turkson .... second assistant director
Stephen Woolfenden .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mustapha Benkiram .... carpenter
Cristina Casali .... set dresser
Fran Cooper .... property buyer: UK
Miloud El Kanaoui .... dressing prop
Said El Kounti .... assistant property buyer
Ahmed Ghounaim .... forward constructor
Mustapha Haouas .... dressing prop
Christopher Higson .... stand-by carpenter
Hadj Lahcen Kahia .... assistant art director
Mike Malik .... property master
Mark Pritchard .... construction manager
Lucy Reeves .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... dubbing mixer
Jean-Marie Blondel .... boom operator
Bruno Charier .... sound recordist
Bruno Charier .... sound
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Anthony Faust .... foley editor
Said Ghounaim .... sound trainee
Zane Hayward .... supervising sound editor
Stewart Henderson .... dialogue editor
Hugh Johnson .... dubbing assistant
Dave McGrath .... adr editor
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Bernard O'Reilly .... foley recordist (uncredited)
James Seddon .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John Lockwood .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite (uncredited)
Stuart St. Paul .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Sophie Baker .... still photographer
Habib Bensalem .... electrician
Andy Curling .... best boy
My Mustapha Elidrissi .... camera labourer
Rosalyn Ellis .... clapper loader
Brandon Evans .... generator operator
El Wafi Hassani .... lighting technician
Lahcen Herraf .... stand-by rigger
Steve Kitchen .... gaffer
Said Lagbouri .... trainee electrician
Abdellilah Laghrissi .... electrician
Joshua Lee .... camera trainee
Azeddine Mazile .... generator operator
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator
Richard Stone .... stand-by rigger
Robin Stone .... grip
My Youssef Taoufik .... trainee electrician
Youssef Taoufik .... camera labourer
Chyna Thomson .... focus puller
Chris Weightman .... camera car
Lorna Will .... second focus puller
Casting Department
Ahmed Abounouom .... casting assistant: Morocco
Juliette Ménager .... casting: France
Kate Bryden .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Saad Fekhari .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margie Fortune .... wardrobe assistant
Alan Lewandowski .... wardrobe truck
John Norster .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Gavin Buckley .... conforming editor
Giles Gardner .... conforming editor
James Lingard .... first assistant editor
Gabrielle Smith .... conforming editor (as Gabby Smith)
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Larbi Ben Bella .... driver: caravans/minibus
Noureddine Benchhiba .... driver
Mustapha Bendari .... driver
Abdessamad Bounagui .... driver
Graham Cheetham .... driver: make-up truck
Abdelilah El Hamsaoui .... driver
Abdellatif Faraj .... driver
Mounim Hajjam .... driver
Amine Jibari .... driver
Lahcen Khouya .... driver
Hussein Larbi .... driver: caravans/minibus
Paul Rosevear .... tracking vehicle
Other crew
Tahar Ajoualil .... electrical labourer
Khadija Alami .... production coordinator
Mohamed Rachid Alami .... cashier
Andy Aldridge .... caterer
Catherine Amesbury .... chaperone
Tayo Awoniyi .... assistant trainee: FT2
Hassan Bajja .... location manager
Soumaya Bellafquih .... assistant to director
Driss Benchhiba .... location assistant
Fatima Benrahma .... production secretary
Brahim Boukili El Hassani .... tea boy
Khalil Boulahcen .... tutor
Martine Bourdon .... accountant: France
Emile Bradshaw .... assistant trainee: FT2
Ian Buchan .... production secretary
Kibire Charkaoui .... electrical labourer
Dounia Chirat .... stand-in
Richard Corfield .... caterer
Brendan Donnison .... adr loop group
Housseine El Demlak .... stand-in
Nadia El Fatima .... stand-in
Fatiha Farsani .... stand-in
Mustapha Fathi .... crowd marshall
Linda Gamble .... unit publicist
Stephanie Guerrasio .... script editor
Darmouch Hafid .... accounting assistant
Jim Hajicosta .... production accountant
Aziz Hamichi .... production runner
Hakima Hammoudi .... unit nurse
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Ann Lynch .... production coordinator
Barry Marsdon .... tutor
Anna Ritchie .... chaperone
Amanda Scott .... assistant: Kate Winslet
Afraa Steila .... stand-in
Colin Stredwick .... caterer
Abderrahim Taha .... location assistant
Richard Wood .... assistant accountant
Richard Morrison .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Goodbye Morocco" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for some sexuality and language
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Chile:14 | France:U | Germany:6 | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | UK:12 (re-rating) (2010) | USA:R
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Screenwriter Billy MacKinnon is the brother of the film's director, Gillies MacKinnon.See more »
Julia:So, how was your first day at school?
Bea:Well, a little girl wet herself.
Julia:[laughs] And?
Bea:The teacher took her to the front of the class
Bea:and beat her
Bea:and beat her with a cane
Bea:until she stopped crying and than she beat her some more
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Refreshing And Responsible Film About An Unconventional Encounter Between European and Arab, 5 October 2007
Author: Afzal Shaikh from London, England

Hideous Kinky is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Esther Freud (descended from a certain Swiss Psychiatrist). The film, set in the 1960's, follows Julia, a young English mother with her small children, Bea and Lucy, recently divorced from her creative, and philandering, husband. She is in Morocco, like many young Europeans inspired by the counter-culture philosophy of the time, to explore herself with respect to its eastern philosophy and culture.

It would be so easy for a film with such a subject to fall into the trap of using the 'orient' as merely a backdrop to depict fun backpackers engaging in pseudo-spiritual experiments. Or, on the other hand, take a more malevolent track of exploiting the bad feeling between Europeans and Arabs by having the bright young Julia encounter the traditional savage, woman-hating Arab as depicted in most western films, and pioneered by Valentino in Hollywood's silent classic The Sheik (1921).

However Hideous Kinky is refreshing as it is fun and 'exotic', but does not compromise in its sense of responsibility. It attempts to show an intelligent, though wayward, young mother with the genuine desire to explore her self internally, and captures the richness and humanity of the country and its people around her, exhibiting their interesting religious life and culture.

The feel of place in the film is astonishing. Marrakech, with the narrow streets and courtyards of its old town, dark and forbidding, but also revealing wonder, and the surrounding desert, are filmed deliciously with ambition and assurance. Julia, as well as being part of the 'drop out' European expat community, finds herself accessing different strands of Moroccan society, the common society of Morocco via her relationship with Bilal, a shady character who turns out to be a convict, played wonderfully by Said Taghmaoui, and the higher rungs via her ex-husband's friend, Santoni.

Central to the film- and what also complicates it, giving it an added, new dimension- is Julia's relationship with her two children, played astoundingly well by Bella Riza and Carrie Mullan. They, in turn, have their own incredible experiences, good and bad, as shown by their delightful but confused sayings. Julia, unusually in film, is a complex female character with many shades. She is naïve, foolish and irresponsible. At one point, she even manages to lose one of her daughters. But she is also smart, soulful and canny, and from her time in Morrocco, Julia does gain an insight into her self, but it is not the insight that she expected, and perhaps it is a genuine insight for that reason. She is played by Kate Winslet with characteristic heart and intelligence, and a brave choice as she had just come off the safety of the glitzy but vacuous blockbuster, Titanic.

Hideous Kinky is a rare thing- despite being government financed, usually the kiss of death for a British film, it is a refreshing and responsible film about an unconventional encounter between European and Arab.

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