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A young musician travels to London in pursuit of his dreams, but winds up the sole witness to a bizarre murder. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Andy Serkis ... Chester

Sian Reeves ... Tania (as Sian Reeves)

Ray Winstone ... Vincent
Oliver Porter ... Ambulanceman

Max Beesley ... William

John Light ... Paisley
Ross Cummins ... One of The Unfortunates
Joe Birch ... One of The Unfortunates
Wojtek Godzisz ... One of The Unfortunates
Hagop Tchaparian ... One of The Unfortunates
William McGonagle ... One of The Unfortunates
Erik Collinson ... Glaswegian Hitman
Jon Morrison ... Glaswegian Hitman

Sarah-Jane Potts ... Twig (as Sarah Jane Potts)
John Challis ... Shopping Centre Manager
James Hooton ... The Alaska Factory: Jake

Ronny Jhutti ... Ryan

Kris Marshall ... Martin
David Quilter ... Barman

Valentina Cervi ... Madeline

Anastasia Hille ... Karla

Lee Ross ... Tony
John Peel ... Big Jon

Nick Brimble ... Marlon

Sean Pertwee ... Piers
Gary Condes ... Pedro

Richenda Carey ... Police Officer
Celia Henebury ... 'MTV' Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Erskine-Nartey ... Young Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Connolly 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jonathan Coe  novel "The Dwarves of Death"
Tom Connolly 

Produced by
Chris Craib .... co-executive producer
Torsten Leschly .... co-producer
Amanda Posey .... producer
Nik Powell .... executive producer
Jane Robertson .... line producer
Original Music by
Ben Pope 
Cinematography by
Ashley Rowe 
Film Editing by
Caroline Biggerstaff 
Art Direction by
Ray Chan 
Set Decoration by
Eliza Solesbury 
Costume Design by
Stephanie Collie 
Production Management
Mark Harris .... post-production supervisor (as Harris Mark Peanut)
Jackie Vance .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toby Hosking .... third assistant director
Graziana Testa .... second unit director
Art Department
Lisa Chugg .... prop buyer
Clare Holland .... scenic painter
Jonathan Houlding .... set designer
Shay Leonard .... stand-by props
Claire Nia Richards .... production buyer
Sound Department
Ronald Bailey .... additional sound mixer
Kasper Val Bjerregård Larsen .... sound consultant (as Søren Bjerregaard-Ryan)
Mark Holding .... sound mixer
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
Special Effects by
Paul Clayton .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Paul Edwards .... visual effects producer: Mill Film, London
Karl Mooney .... visual effects superviser: Mill Film, London
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Paul Heasman .... stunt coordinator: Daily
Lee Sheward .... stunt double: Max Beesley
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailie .... first assistant camera: dailies
Ian Clark .... focus puller
Angela Conway .... clapper loader
Dan Garlick .... trainee grip: FT2
Matt Gray .... director of photography: additional photography
Paul Jarvis .... gaffer: additional photography
Rupert Lloyd-Parry .... crane grip
Vince McGahon .... Steadicam operator
Vince McGahon .... camera operator: "b" camera
William Tracey .... rigging gaffer
David Wall .... electrician
Casting Department
Julie Dunne .... additional casting
Editorial Department
Mike Fraser .... negative cutter
Katura Jensen .... post-production assistant
Katja Mordaunt .... post-production assistant
Tania Reddin .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Hugh Gourlay .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Dominic Sewell .... solo violin
Other crew
Jane Berry .... trainee script supervisor
Alice Dawson .... assistant accountant
Francesco Ferrari .... runner
Mike Fraser .... rushes transfer
Claudia Kalindjian .... unit publicist
Ozgur Uyanik .... production assistant

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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
I saw this excellent film at the Fourth Harwich Film Festival, October 2000., 19 October 2000
Author: scrungefuttock from United Kingdom

This gripping British thriller is based on the cult best seller `The Dwarves of Death' by Jonathan Coe. It is set in London and tells the story of William (Max Beesley) and his band `The Alaska Factory' as they attempt to follow their dreams of Rock and Roll fame.

The film starts darkly with William witnessing the bizarre murder of the lead singer of another band, apparently by two dwarves. The film then takes us back three weeks to show the lead up to this strange and shocking event.

In this short space of time we see the wide-eyed William gradually become disillusioned with the idea of pop stardom as his band and management try to force him to pen more commercial material and their unstable producer, Vincent (Ray Winstone), seems to teeter on the edge of drug-induced madness. It is Vincent's association with a 70's punk band `The Dwarves of Death' that seems to hold the key to the murder and the British DJ John Peel puts in a notable cameo as a studio assistant who helps William track down their only record.

`Five Seconds to Spare' is an excellent film; good use of London locations (notably the Millennium Dome), a well structured and exciting story, excellent performances by the cast and a superb soundtrack all combine to deliver a gripping and ultimately satisfying movie which deserves to do well.

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