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Bright Young Things -- An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies," is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s.
Bright Young Things -- An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies," is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s.

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Writers:
Stephen Fry (screenplay)
Evelyn Waugh (novel)
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Release Date:
3 October 2003 (UK) See more »
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Sex... Scandal... Celebrity... Some things never change.
Plot:
An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies," is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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10 nominations See more »
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(23 articles)
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Fenella Woolgar Steals the Film See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

James McAvoy ... Simon Balcairn

Michael Sheen ... Miles

Emily Mortimer ... Nina Blount

Stephen Campbell Moore ... Adam Fenwick-Symes

Stockard Channing ... Mrs. Melrose Ape

Adrian Scarborough ... Customs Officer

Jim Carter ... Chief Customs Officer

Fenella Woolgar ... Agatha

Dan Aykroyd ... Lord Monomark

Julia McKenzie ... Lottie Crump
Bruno Lastra ... Basilio

David Tennant ... Ginger Littlejohn

Jim Broadbent ... The Drunken Major
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Judge

Simon Callow ... King of Anatolia

Guy Henry ... Archie
Alex Barclay ... Jimmy Vanburgh
Lisa Dillon ... Jane Brown
Lisa Jackson ... Mary Moore
Neville Phillips ... Ambrose

Imelda Staunton ... Lady Brown

Bill Paterson ... Sir James Brown

Nigel Planer ... Taxi Driver

Peter O'Toole ... Colonel Blount

Stephen Fry ... Chauffeur
James Jackson Ritchie ... Arundel Paperboy
Arturo Venegas ... Alphonse

Harriet Walter ... Lady Metroland
Angela Thorne ... Kitty

Margaret Tyzack ... Lady Thobbing

Richard E. Grant ... Father Rothschild

John Mills ... Gentleman
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Lord Metroland
Ian Hughes ... Night Editor

Alec Newman ... Tiger La Bouchère

Alan Williams ... Bookie
Mark Hardy ... Angry Gentleman
Gerard Horan ... Race Official

Tony Maudsley ... Race Steward
Nigel Hulme ... Pundit
John Mackle ... Edwards

Mark Gatiss ... Estate Agent

Ivan Marevich ... Foreign Dignitary

Rebekah Staton ... Imperial Hotel Receptionist

Simon McBurney ... Sneath (Photo-Rat)

Paul Popplewell ... Private
Max MacDonald ... Tommy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Haidée Augusta ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Greg Bennett ... Upper Class Race Goer (uncredited)
Rachel Brooksby ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Stephen Carlile ... Henry (uncredited)

Emrhys Cooper ... Ambrose (uncredited)

Rachel Ann Courtney ... Angel (uncredited)

Tom Frederic ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jessica Hill ... Angel (uncredited)

Kate Loustau ... Celeste (uncredited)
David McClelland ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Martina Messing ... Hermione Duff (uncredited)
Caroline Newman ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Larry Randall ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Annette Roche ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bobby Valentino ... Singer in cafe (uncredited)

Anna-Marie Wayne ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Natalie Wilcox ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Tracy Yarkoni ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Fry 
 
Writing credits
Stephen Fry (screenplay)

Evelyn Waugh (novel "Vile Bodies")

Produced by
Chris Auty .... executive producer
Gina Carter .... producer
Miranda Davis .... producer
Andrew Eaton .... executive producer
Stephen Fry .... executive producer
Caroline Hewitt .... co-producer
Neil Peplow .... executive producer
Jim Reeve .... executive producer
Steve Robbins .... executive producer
Michael Winterbottom .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Anne Dudley 
 
Cinematography by
Henry Braham 
 
Film Editing by
Alex Mackie 
 
Casting by
Wendy Brazington 
 
Production Design by
Michael Howells 
 
Art Direction by
Lynne Huitson 
 
Set Decoration by
Judy Farr 
 
Costume Design by
Nic Ede 
 
Makeup Department
Sarah Berry .... additional hair stylist
Sarah Berry .... additional makeup artist
Lucy Bonamy .... additional makeup artist
Lucy Bonamy .... assistant hair stylist
Rebecca Cole .... hair stylist
Rebecca Cole .... makeup artist
Renata Gilbert .... additional hair stylist
Renata Gilbert .... additional makeup artist
Paul Gooch .... hair stylist
Paul Gooch .... makeup artist
Christine Greenwood .... additional hair stylist
Christine Greenwood .... additional makeup artist
Peter King .... hair designer
Peter King .... makeup designer
Susan Parkinson .... crowd hair stylist
Susan Parkinson .... crowd makeup artist
Jeanette Redmond .... additional hair stylist
Jeanette Redmond .... additional makeup artist
Liz Tagg .... hair stylist (as Elizabeth Tagg)
Liz Tagg .... makeup artist (as Elizabeth Tagg)
Petrona Winton .... additional hair stylist
Petrona Winton .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
James Grant .... unit manager
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Paula McBreen .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonny Benson .... third assistant director
Fiona Gosden .... co-second assistant director
Cordelia Hardy .... first assistant director
Matthew Penry-Davey .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Matt Bacon .... dressing props (as Matthew Bacon)
Paul Bale .... stand-by painter
Ian Bee .... construction team
Pete Blackall .... additional dressing props (as Peter Blackall)
Matthew Broderick .... props trainee
Chris Brough .... construction team
Lindsay Brunnock .... stand-by art director
Corina Burrough .... production buyer
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster
David Chettleborough .... construction team
David Chisholm .... dressing props
Pat Cronin .... stand-by rigger
Graham Dale .... stand-by props (as Graham Alec Dale)
Glyn Evans .... construction team (as Glynn Evans)
Kimberley Fahey .... art department trainee: FT2
James Fennessy .... painter
Colin Gray .... dressing props
Jane Harwood .... assistant art director
David Haynes .... construction team
John Haynes .... construction team
Tony Hoskins .... construction team
Dougie Lankston .... props storeman
Steve Marquis .... construction team
Alexi Michael .... construction team
Graham Mitchell .... construction team
Mitch Niclas .... chargehand stand-by props
Paul Oakman .... construction team
John Palmer .... supervising dressing props
Steve Payne .... additional dressing props (as Steven Payne)
Dominic Pike .... construction team
Allen J. Polley .... property master (as Allen Polley)
Niel Robertson .... construction team
Matthew Robinson .... draftsman
Russ Seargeant .... construction team
Steve Sibley .... construction team
Leigh Thurbon .... construction team (as Lee Thurbon)
Andy Tomlinson .... art department assistant (as Andrew Tomlinson)
Tom Walker .... stand-by carpenter
Stuart Watson .... construction manager
Les Wiley .... construction team
 
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... sound re-recording mixer
Gianluca Buttari .... assistant dialogue editor
Colin Cooper .... adr recordist
Colette D. Dahanne .... adr mixer (as Colette Dahanne)
Steve Finn .... boom operator
Simon Gershon .... supervising sound editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Dan Green .... adr recordist
Jim Greenhorn .... sound mixer
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Ben Meechan .... sound effects editor
Bernard O'Reilly .... crowd editor
Marcus Oliver .... assistant dubbing mixer
David Turner .... sound technical coordinator
Hilary Wyatt .... supervising dialogue editor
Garry Fiferman .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Kevin Mathews .... wire effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Andy Burrow .... scanning manager
James Clarke .... visual effects
Adam Glasman .... colorist
Lucinda Keeler .... data operator: Framestore CFC
Rebecca Manning .... data operation assistant: Framestore CFC
Christian Manz .... digital compositor
Claire McGrane .... digital lab producer
Stephanie Mills .... compositor
Adam Parry .... title design
Steve Parsons .... visual effects
Dave Robinson .... systems engineer
Nicholas Seal .... digital compositor
Matina Skouteri .... digital lab operator
Paul Stamp .... data operator
Maria Stroka .... film recording producer
Paola Varvaro .... digital cleanup artist
Tara Walker .... digital lab operator
Simon Whalley .... design producer
Stephen Willey .... systems engineer
Aubrey Woodiwiss .... digital clean-up
Doron Zar .... assistant digital colourist
Jan Hogevold .... digital grade producer (uncredited)
Jack James .... online editor (uncredited)
Christopher Page .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Henry Brookes .... stunt driver
George Cottle .... stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunts
Nigel Hulme .... stunt driver
Charles Knoll-Jones .... stunt driver
Annette Lynton .... stunt double
Annette Lynton .... stunt driver
Julian Majzub .... stunt driver
Nick Mason .... stunt driver
Valentino Musetti .... stunt coordinator
Steen Young .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Barry Bellotti .... generator operator
Darren Capper .... video assist operator
Gary Cross .... best boy
Gary Cross .... rigging gaffer
Roy Elston .... supervising rigger
John Foster .... focus puller: a-camera
Pat Garrett .... key grip
Darren Grosch .... electrician
Dean Kennedy .... electrician
Giles Keyte .... still photographer
Steve Langley .... electrician
Ray Meere .... clapper loader: b-camera
Miles Proudfoot .... clapper loader: a-camera
Larry Randall .... gaffer
Keith Roberts .... focus puller: b-camera
Lorenzo D. Robinson .... assistant grip
Philip Sindall .... camera operator
Shawn White .... electrician
Keith Roberts .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Elissa Phipps .... assistant to casting director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Ede .... additional costume assistant
Camilla Fiddian-Green .... assistant costume designer
Alan Flyng .... wardrobe master
Georgina Gunner .... costume assistant
Caroline Hume .... additional costume assistant
Melissa Layton .... stand-by costume assistant (as Melisa Layton-Skorepa)
Linda Mellin .... additional costume assistant
Kathryn Mysko Von Schultze .... additional costume assistant
Barbara Rutter .... costume supervisor
Lisa Shanley .... additional costume assistant
Deirdre Sheehan .... freelance costume maker
Mike Skorepa .... stand-by costume assistant (as Michael Skorepa)
Jolyon Way .... additional costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Marcus Alexander .... digital laboratory editor
Nicola Armstrong .... post-production coordinator
Marsha Bramwell .... editor trainee
Heidi Freeman .... first assistant editor
Ben Renton .... assistant editor
Jon Thompson .... post-production consultant
Doron Zar .... assistant digital colorist
 
Music Department
Karen Elliott .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Joan Lane .... choral supervisor
Gerard McCann .... music editor
Steve Price .... music recording engineer
Paul Kegg .... musician: cello (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael Billimore .... unit driver
Guy Bostock .... action vehicle coordinator
Martin Clay .... driver: facility vehicle
Baron Cullis .... driver: facility vehicle
Shane Davey .... production runner driver
Adrian Davies .... driver: facility vehicle (as Adrian 'Coch' Davies)
Len Furssedonn .... driver: Stephen Fry
Colin Giffin .... unit driver
Dean Glenn .... driver: facility vehicle
Steve Haines .... driver: facility vehicle
Tom Jenkins .... driver: stand-by props
Nick Kelly .... driver: facility vehicle
John Kemp .... driver: facility vehicle
Mick Peter .... driver: facility vehicle (as Mick 'Min' Peter)
Steve Rogers .... transport captain
John Wilson .... driver: dressing props
 
Other crew
Kerry Allen .... assistant: Cordon Bleu
Guy Barker .... production accountant
Ian Buchan .... web site designer
Jo Crocker .... assistant: Stephen Fry
Shane Davey .... production runner
Claire Eastman .... choreographer
Michael Eve .... catering manager
Alex Fuller .... web site designer
Anne Marie Gormley .... first assistant accountant
Josh Hyams .... set runner (as Joshua Hyams)
Ali James .... location assistant
James Keaton .... production runner
Alexandra Kosevic .... production coordinator
Rhys Maitland-Jones .... sync rushes
Anne Marie Murray .... first assistant accountant
Heather Noble .... assistant production coordinator
Melissa Parmenter .... assistant: Michael Winterbottom & Andrew Eaton for Revolution Films
Annie Penn .... script supervisor
Laura Phillips .... marketing and publicity: Revolution Films
David Pinnington .... location manager
Dan Precious .... floor runner
David Reynolds .... chef
Martyn Richmond .... runner: Revolution Films
Patric Scott .... unit publicist
Justin Anderson Smith .... production executive
Polly Taylor .... head of production: Revolution Films
Gemma Todd Smithers .... accounts assistant (as Gemma Smithers)
Harriet Worth .... set runner
Heather Noble .... production secretary (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some drug use
Runtime:
106 min | Canada:105 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Bright Young Things" was the working title of "Vile Bodies", the book upon which the film is based.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: A gramophone record of Noel Coward's "Nina" is played in the section before World War II breaks out. Coward didn't record the song until 1945.See more »
Quotes:
Ginger Littlejohn:What I'm about to say is that what I'm about to say may sound unpleasant, y'know, and all that, but look here, y'know, dammit. I mean, the better man has won. Not, um, that I'm saying that I'm the better man, I wouldn't say that for a moment, awful bad luck on you and all but still, when you come to think of it I mean look here, y'know. Dammit. Do you see what I mean?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 2005 Glitter Awards (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
NinaSee more »

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Fenella Woolgar Steals the Film, 25 July 2005
Author: drednm from United States

Actor Stephen Fry makes an impressive splash as a director with Bright Young Things, based on the Evelyn Waugh novel, Vile Bodies. The story centers on some struggling "bright young things" during the years before England entered World War II. Adam (Stephen Campbell Moore) and Nina (Emily Mortimer) play sometime-engaged young things at the center of a disparate group of eccentrics. They seem addicted to the London "social whirl" as well as cocaine. He's a struggling writer, and she needs a rich husband. He gets roped into taking a job as a gossip columnist because the former writer (James McAvoy) commits suicide and because his manuscript is confiscated when he enters Scotland. So the young things go to every party and write up tons of scandalous gossip for the rag, keep getting drunk and stoned, and keep pursuing money. Typical acid commentary from Waugh, and Fry does a good job balancing all the characters and sub-plots. Impressive cast as well with Peter O'Toole (very funny), Dan Aykroyd, Stockard Channing (hilariously named Mrs. Melrose Ape), Harriet Walter, Imelda Staunton, Simon Callow, Jim Broadbent, Julia McKemzie, John Mills, Jim Carter, Angela Thorne, Bill Paterson, Richard E. Grant, and Margaret Tyzack recognizable. Fry appears as a chauffeur.

Moore and Mortimer are solid as young things, but Fenella Woolgar as Agatha is the standout. She's awesome in the part of the drugged out socialite who ends up in an asylum. Woolgar has several memorable scenes and droops about being "smashingly bored." Her race car scene is a scream. David Tennant is the repulsive Ginger, Michael Sheen is the queeny Miles, Lisa Dillon is the social wannabe, and Alec Newman is the very odd race driver.

Only real complaint is that the ending is VERY long and drawn out. And even though a few loose ends are tied up, it seems padded and interminable. We didn't really need to see WW II battle scenes, and even if the ending worked in the novel it seems very phony in the film.

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