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Lawless Heart -- Three intersecting stories about people whose lives are affected by the death of a gay restaurateur.


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Bill Nighy ... Dan

Tom Hollander ... Nick

Douglas Henshall ... Tim
Clémentine Célarié ... Corrine
Ellie Haddington ... Judy
Sukie Smith ... Charlie

Josephine Butler ... Leah
Stuart Laing ... David
Sally Hurst ... Michelle
Dominic Hall ... Darren
Jim McManus ... Chef
Howard Gossington ... Waiter
Richard Cant ... Michael

Hari Dhillon ... Will (as Hari Dillon)

Peter Symonds ... Mr. Marsh - Tim's Father
June Barrie ... Mrs. Marsh - Tim's Mother
Alasdair Craig ... Giles - Tim's Friend
Zoe Shipway ... Jeweller
Jessica Lauren Napier ... Georgia

Barney Clark ... James (as Barney Clarke)
Will Hunter ... Justin
David Coffey ... Stuart

Directed by
Tom Hunsinger 
Neil Hunter 
Writing credits
Neil Hunter (written by) and
Tom Hunsinger (written by)

Produced by
Francesca Barra .... executive producer
Steve Christian .... executive producer
Mark Hudson .... line producer
Martin Pope .... producer
Jim Reeve .... executive producer
Roger Shannon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
Cinematography by
Sean Bobbitt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Scott Thomas 
Production Design by
Lynne Whiteread 
Art Direction by
Cristina Casali 
Set Decoration by
Sophie Newman 
Costume Design by
Linda Alderson 
Makeup Department
Rebecca Cole .... additional makeup artist
Lizzie Lawson .... makeup designer
Natalie Reid .... makeup assistant
Jane Turner .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Lloyd .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Fenn .... first assistant director
Sonia Rai .... second assistant director
Lorna Whittaker .... third assistant director
Art Department
Jamie Davies-Evans .... chargehand painter
David Fitzjohn .... scenic painter
Mark Guest .... stand-by props
David Horrill .... props master
David Jepson .... dressing props
Ben Munro .... stand-by art director
Antoine Robin .... construction (as Antoine Robbin)
Robin Thistlewaite .... construction
Jonathan Wells .... stand-by construction
Warren Lever .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Bond .... sound effects editor
Gordon Brown .... dialogue editor
Gareth Bull .... sound re-recording mixer
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Jerome McCann .... boom operator
John Pearson .... sound recordist
James Seddon .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Beaumont .... gaffer
Mickey Convey .... rigger
Bob Cook .... additional camera operator
Charlie Dillion .... rigger
Ashley Dyson .... electrician
Ian Glenister .... electrician (as Ian Glennister)
Michael Green .... additional camera operator (as Mike Green)
Suzi Jacobson .... additional camera operator (as Susie Jacobson)
Nic Lawson .... focus puller
Jim Monks .... additional camera operator
Zac Nicholson .... additional camera operator
Matthew Poynter .... clapper loader (as Matt Poynter)
Jim Russell .... best boy
Tony Sankey .... grip
Tom Shirley .... electrician
Erin Stevens .... camera trainee
Adam Suschitzky .... director of photography: second unit
Nick Wall .... still photographer
Karen Whiteread .... still photographer (as Karen-Lois Whiteread)
Nic Lawson .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Jaffe .... costume supervisor
Arabella Rhodes .... costume supervisor
Alison Trett .... additional costumes
Editorial Department
Jonathan Taylor .... assistant editor
Location Management
Eddie Booth .... location assistant
Annabel Cannings Knight .... location manager (as Annabel Cannings-Knight)
Ben Hepworth .... location assistant
Matthew Wortman .... location unit manager
Music Department
Richard Kirstein .... music supervisor: Zomba Music Services
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Nitin Sawhney .... musician: "Broken Skin"
Terry Davies .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Back .... driver
Matthew Brawn .... driver
Jan Holland .... driver
Alex James-Davidson .... driver
Colin Jeffrey .... driver
Andy Killen .... driver
Neal Kirby .... driver
Eddie Lakin .... driver
Ian 'Fingers' Lisi .... driver (as Ian Lisi)
Mike Manku .... driver
Trevor Moore .... driver
Mark Rhodes .... driver
Alan Rogers .... driver
Peter Smith .... driver
Dermot Smyth .... driver
Tony Watson .... driver
Colin Williams .... driver: action vehicle
Darren Wood .... driver
Dermot Worely .... driver
Kim Worsely .... driver
Other crew
Jonathan Berger .... legal services
Joan Blackmore .... dog handler
Paul Cable .... insurance: Media & Entertainment Insurance Services
Nick Cain .... contracts manager: Department of Trade & Industry and Isle of Man Film Commission
Miriana Dimitrijevic .... production coordinator
Hilary Dugdale .... project manager: Department of Trade & Industry and Isle of Man Film Commission
Jeff Dunn .... production accountant
Kim Fletcher .... film officer: Department of Trade & Industry and Isle of Man Film Commission
Theodore Goddard .... legal services
Nicholas Hanks .... legal services
Kate Hudson .... unit publicist: Emma Chapman Publicity
Jane Jackson .... script supervisor
Richard James .... film runner
David King-Taylor .... health and safety advisor
Christina Lesbirel .... production runner
David North .... administrator: Department of Trade & Industry and Isle of Man Film Commission
Nick Saward .... film runner
David Spencer .... legal advisor: Simcocks Advocates
Sheila Thomson .... advisor: Ernst & Young
Claude Widtmann .... production assistant
Sophie Bourdon .... special thanks: Ateliers du Cinéma Européen
Richard Cant .... special thanks: The Script Factory
Simon Chandler .... special thanks: The Script Factory
James Dreyfus .... special thanks: The Script Factory
Pierre Du Plessis .... special thanks (as Pierre du Plessis)
Jason Flemyng .... special thanks: The Script Factory (as Jason Flemying)
Charles Gant .... special thanks
Ken Grunbaum .... special thanks
Jessica Harrison .... special thanks: Ateliers du Cinéma Européen
Nolan Hemmings .... special thanks: The Script Factory
Kate Hide .... special thanks
Ruth Hodgson .... special thanks
Allan Hunter .... special thanks
Anne Hunter .... special thanks
David Hunter .... special thanks
Rosie Hunter .... special thanks
Peta Inglesent .... special thanks
Huw Penallt Jones .... special thanks
Dermot Kerrigan .... special thanks: The Script Factory
Donna King .... special thanks
Ilona Marouani .... special thanks: Ateliers du Cinéma Européen
Linda Pather .... special thanks
Simon Perry .... special thanks
Monique Saint-Mezard .... special thanks: Ateliers du Cinéma Européen
Paul Smith .... special thanks
Marie Sullivan .... special thanks
Angela Topping .... special thanks
Harriet Walter .... special thanks: The Script Factory
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity and language
99 min | Switzerland:110 min (Locarno Film Festival) | USA:100 min
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Stasis Embellished, 6 May 2003
Author: bluesdoctor from A Place is Just A Place

High-class soap, well written, well acted, very well crafted; dense with detail and the past; and even, in parts, tangentially related to real life. More than the story itself, it's its telling that holds one.

Three lives intersect at the funeral on the Isle of Man of a drowned 38 year-old gay restaurateur. Three stories unfold, separate but, of course, intermeshed: Number 1: The middle-aged husband (Bill Nighy) of the sister of the dead man, a gentleman farmer of limited means, is tempted to have an affair with a French florist he meets at the funeral. No. 2: The grieving gay lover (Tom Hollander) of the recently departed strikes up a relationship with a knockabout checkout clerk, a bosomy woman (Sukie Smith) he finds unconscious in his bed after a party at his house. No. 3: A roustabout black sheep (Douglas Henshall) returns after 8 years absence to fall in love, find himself, and get his life in order. What to do with the dead man's money gets bounced around like a ball till the end, where all's well that ends well. And, yes, of course, there's a fair amount of knocking boots, even a "French twist" gratuitously proffered in the front seat of a car.

The whole is larger than the sum of its parts. The independent stories, the 3 lives, are deftly linked, overlaid and interwoven, by the smallest of details, a scarf, a bottle opener, keeping you going "Aha, so that's how that fits in," achieving a light-as-air sense of simultaneity, just a hint of destiny.

All in all, very professional, witty, not too serious or heavy, like a snack of fine wine and cheese. The "Lawless" of the title, however, is a bit pretentious; there's nary an outlaw in sight ("they're lawless like jaywalking is lawless"--San Francisco Chronicle). These are times of stasis; this movie ably subsumes, embellishes that stasis, moving just enough, not too much, in it--an 18th century contentment, not elation.

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