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Writers:
Alexander Stuart (novel)
Alexander Stuart (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 1999 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
9 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This is hard medicine -- definitely NFE (not for everyone) See more (126 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ray Winstone ... Dad

Lara Belmont ... Jessie
Freddie Cunliffe ... Tom

Tilda Swinton ... Mum

Colin Farrell ... Nick (as Colin J. Farrell)
Aisling O'Sullivan ... Carol

Kate Ashfield ... Lucy
Megan Thorp ... Baby Alice

Kim Wall ... Barman

Annabelle Apsion ... Nurse
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Directed by
Tim Roth 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alexander Stuart  novel
Alexander Stuart  screenplay

Produced by
Eric Abraham .... executive producer
Steve Butterworth .... associate producer
Dixie Linder .... producer
Sarah Radclyffe .... producer
Paul Webster .... chief executive procuder: FilmFour
 
Original Music by
Simon Boswell 
 
Cinematography by
Seamus McGarvey 
 
Film Editing by
Trevor Waite 
 
Casting by
Sharon Howard-Field 
Jina Jay 
 
Production Design by
Michael Carlin 
 
Art Direction by
Karen Wakefield 
 
Set Decoration by
Liz Griffiths 
 
Costume Design by
Mary-Jane Reyner 
 
Makeup Department
Ivana Primorac .... hair stylist
Ivana Primorac .... makeup artist
Alex Volpe .... assistant hair stylist
Alex Volpe .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gerry Gore .... unit manager
Tori Parry .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tamana Bleasdale .... third assistant director
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... first assistant director
George Walker .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Steve Carter .... stand-by art director
Justin Chappell .... carpenter
Raymond Churchouse .... plasterer (as Ray Churchouse)
Al Coulson .... carpenter
Noel Cowell .... stand-by propman
Chris Cutler .... dressing propman
John Fisher .... stagehand
David Fitzjohn .... master painter
Mark Folds .... sculptor
Andrew Garnet-Lawson .... scenic painter
Liz Griffiths .... production buyer
Nick Hatton .... painter
Simon Hutchings .... painter
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist
Josh Jones .... stand-by carpenter
Peter Langford .... plasterer
Pete Lennox .... chargehand carpenter (as Peter Lennox)
Jamie MacWilliam .... design assistant
Martin L. Mercer .... storyboard artist (as Martin Mercer)
Brian Pickett .... stand-by rigger
Tom Pleydell-Pearce .... dressing propman
Manfred Schumacher .... construction manager
Simon Scullion .... art department assistant
Del Smith .... plasterer
John Smith .... stand-by propman
Lance Smith .... stand-by painter
Geoff Stainthorp .... carpenter (as Geoff Stainthorp)
Sam Stokes .... props master
David Williams .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Paul Carr .... adr mixer
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
Jan Cholawo .... foley editor
Robert Farr .... sound mixer
Geoff Foster .... recording engineer
Joe Gallagher .... dialogue editor
Diane Greaves .... foley artist (as Dianne Greaves)
Jim Greenhorn .... sound mixer
Steve Mayer .... boom operator
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Marcus Willates .... sound trainee
Ian Wilson .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
David Beavis .... special effects supervisor
Gary Cohen .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Alex Hope .... digital effects supervisor
Martin Body .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Eunice Huthart .... stunt woman
Lee Sheward .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jaap Buitendijk .... still photographer
Stuart Bunting .... grip
Perry Cullen .... generator operator
Lyn Gaskin .... camera trainee
Paul Harris .... electrician
Peter Harris .... electrician
Baz Irvine .... focus puller
David Matches .... clapper loader
Christine Parry .... still photographer
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator
Simon Thirlaway .... best boy
Lee Walters .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Shaheen Baig .... casting assistant
Chloe Emmerson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margie Fortune .... costume supervisor
Sandra Milman .... costume supervisor
Leigh Nicol .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Peter Christelis .... first assistant editor
Robert Laycock .... lightworks assistant
Julian May .... editor trainee
Darren Price .... post-production runner
Simon Sleap .... second assistant editor
Aidan Williams .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Terry Davies .... conductor
Terry Davies .... orchestrator
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Colin Rae .... music copyist
Christopher Ross .... musician: piano solo
 
Transportation Department
Brian Bassnett .... driver: camera
Brett Curran .... driver: rushes
Sonny Donato .... driver: artists
John Fisher .... driver
Alan Higman .... driver: minibus
Keith Julian .... driver: minibus
Bill Lilburn .... driver: wardrobe
Hugh McLellan .... driver: makeup
Keith Scott .... driver: minibus
Andy Thorn .... driver: construction
 
Other crew
Linzi Baltrunas .... assistant location manager: London
Lucy Bevan .... assistant to producer
Chris Brock .... location manager
Philip Clark .... assistant location manager
Nicola Coleen .... dyer
Helena Day .... stand-in
Dominic Dew .... caterer
Alan Dixon .... fire fighter
Patricia Dobson .... unit publicist
Francesca Dowd .... production coordinator
Penny Dyer .... dialogue coach
Bill Godfrey .... financial advisor
Jack Goscic .... caterer
Barney Green .... chaperone
Tom Hooper .... contact: London
Rachel James .... production accountant
Sarah Kaye .... assistant production accountant
Sarah Lee .... location manager
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Anne MacFarlane .... caterer
Karen Marshall .... caterer
Charles McDonald .... publicist
Rebecca McLaughlin-Mills .... production runner
Belinda Pope .... assistant to director
Janet Raymond .... unit nurse
Brian Shemmings .... health and safety advisor
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour
Buck Taylor .... fire fighter
Alex Thorp .... chaperone
Ian Thorp .... chaperone
Christian Wheeler .... conforming assistant
 
Thanks
Esther Douglas .... special thanks
Louise Seymour .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tim Roth's The War Zone" - USA (poster title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, some involving molestation, and for nudity, language and a scene of violence
Runtime:
98 min
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Trivia:
Tilda Swinton had just given birth to twins before starring in "The War zone", which was helpful for the film, where the display of the bodies play an important role, and her character had also just given birth.See more »

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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
This is hard medicine -- definitely NFE (not for everyone), 2 January 2000
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

The 1998 Danish Dogma film "The Celebration" (Festen) is another hard medicine movie, intense drama about family strives and incest. The Danish film shows the intensity through dialogs and character reactions. Tim Roth's film cuts to the chase and shows the vivid horror of the actual act. Tim does not skirt around the subject. He takes the subject right on and tackles it directly and really shakes up the viewers. It's raw emotions -- nothing sentimental. The actors are in their natural appearances with not much make-up: Tilda Swinton you see her with the pregnant creased skin-folds of a tummy inelegance; the two teenagers (Lara Belmont as Jessie, Freddie Cunliffe as Tom) in their casual demeanor/slouching poses; Ray Winstone as the seemingly unsuspicious father who looks like any man of the house, full of himself and chatting incessantly (in a way, an indication of certain insecurity and self-doubt?).

We don't get to see the predator's face much. Director Tim Roth wants the focus on the heinous act vs. personal faces, which could be anybody who has had such traumatic experience at home. Home is where the trust and warmth of a family together should be. Through Tim's delivery, we see the coldness and frustration the two teenagers face, esp. Tom the son, who discovered the wrongful act accidentally and felt confused and unable to talk to anyone about it -- his sister, the victim, just as confused and unable to talk about it. The different levels of fear that each member of the family has… A poignant film, with explicit scenes sensitively choreographed, demands viewers attention to the tough subject at hand. We can't turn away -- the inevitable merciless truth presented in our face on the screen. It's a bold attempt. This film calls for attention to the subject of incest and its traumatic consequences beyond imagination. Roth succeeded.

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