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26 January 2001 (UK) See more »
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[The Low Down] On Life.. On Love...
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Relationships as they are really lived. | Add synopsis »
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Meandering, unamusing and devoid of self-awareness See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Aidan Gillen ... Frank

Kate Ashfield ... Ruby
Dean Lennox Kelly ... Mike

Tobias Menzies ... John
Rupert Procter ... Terry
Samantha Power ... Lisa
Dena Smiles ... Susan (as Deanna Smiles)
Maggie Lloyd Williams ... Jean
Agnieszka Liggett ... Anna
Alysha Westlake ... Basketball Player

Adam Buxton ... Adam

Joe Cornish ... Joe
Paula Hamilton ... Cashpoint Woman
Alicia Eyo ... Paul Girl (as Alicya Eyo)
Dorian Lough ... Squash Player

Clint Dyer ... Nathan
Rachel Isaac ... Nicola

Elliot Levey ... Peter

Martin Freeman ... Solomon
Liz Liew ... Vera
Michael Hodgson ... Pubman
Michael McKell ... Pubman

Alex Palmer ... Pubman
Vass Anderson ... Landlord
Anthony Warren ... Street Corner Man
Paul Dungworth ... Street Corner Man
Barry Dobbin ... Street Corner Man

Directed by
Jamie Thraves 
 
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Jamie Thraves 

Produced by
Sally Llewellyn .... producer
John Stewart .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nick Currie 
Fred Thomas 
 
Cinematography by
Igor Jadue-Lillo 
 
Film Editing by
Lucia Zucchetti 
 
Casting by
Amanda Tabak 
 
Production Design by
Lucy Reeves 
 
Art Direction by
Alistair Saunders 
 
Costume Design by
Julie Jones 
 
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Julie Biddle .... makeup artist
James MacKinnon .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
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Mark Hubbard .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emma Griffiths .... assistant director
Emma Pounds .... assistant director
Mick Ward .... third assistant director
 
Sound Department
Glenn Calder .... sound re-recording mixer
Jens Christensen .... adr editor
Jens Christensen .... adr recordist
Paul Davies .... supervising sound editor
Sam Diamond .... sound
 
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Hamish Doyne-Ditmas .... assistant camera
Mark Taylor .... gaffer
Nick Wall .... still photographer
 
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Belinda Blight .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Pani Ahmadi-Moore .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Richard E. Johnson .... financial services
Anna Mohr-Pietsch .... additional crew
Clare Saxby .... script editor
Rachel Vost .... unit location manager
James Wilson .... production executive: FilmFour
 
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Tobias Zaldua .... special thanks
 

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First full length feature film of 'Martin Freeman'.See more »
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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Meandering, unamusing and devoid of self-awareness, 6 February 2001
Author: Hack-1

Best summarised as middle-class kidults slum it in NE London, this film would really have benfitted from a script which explored the characters rather than indulged their essentially predictable and uneventful lives. Relying far too heavily on improvisation, the director and the cast have forgotten that, although they might well like each other's company, it really isn't sufficient to record great stretches of repetitive, dull conversation and present it to the world as entertainment. It may sound realistic but anyone can sit on a bus in Hackney and tune in to snatches of dialogue - doesn't make it interesting. And this film desperately needs a point of view that highlights the evident absurdities of its protagonists, rather than accepting them at their own evaluation.

The actors look older than the immaturity of their roles would suggest. The female lead is passive to the point of pure stupidity - it's exasperating to watch. Could the actress really have had any input into the development of her character? Any self-respecting woman beyond the age of 15 would have put the male lead (her boyfriend) in his place for endlessly failing to show up and throwing chairs about when he can't have a drink - what a jerk. And why does the male lead have such difficulty in moving into a vast and expensive-looking flat? Most of us in NE London are still renting at 30 and would give up cheapo accomodation any day. Seems something of a spoilt boy dilemma as opposed to the rights of passage moment I think we are supposed to view it as. And where's all his money coming from? These blokes are supposed to be commercial artists - of a sort - but this aspect of the script is totally unconvicing. Anyone who works in that line of business would be baffled by the length of time (framed by the central relationship which we assume lasts a few weeks?)it takes two men to produce a couple of papier mache models.

As for the other characters, we learnt whether or not they were having a cup of tea and where you cold buy dope/coke. That's it. And honestly, there's better conversations going on in any pub in Dalston, any night of the week, and you don't have to pay to take part.

The sad thing is, the genre the director is working in is very interesting and the British film industry urgently needs to develop an identity of its own. So, we do need dramas that explore our own way of life in an inventive way. But this isn't going to be the start of the revolution.

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