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Release Date:
23 April 2004 (UK) See more »
A wide-eyed boy in a narrow-minded world. See more »
Eleven-year-old David Wiseman is mad about cricket but no good at it. He has the entire kit but none of the skill... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Sam Smith ... David Wiseman
Leagh Conwell ... Jessop
Dominic Barklem ... Pritchard
Jo Stone-Fewings ... Mr. Pugh

Emily Woof ... Ruth Wiseman

Yasmin Paige ... Lilian

Richard Ashton ... W.G. Grace
Carol MacReady ... Mrs. Wilson

Stanley Townsend ... Victor Wiseman
Osnat Schmool ... Mrs. Glickstein
Mark Penfold ... Head Teacher
Tom Roberts ... James Bryce

Philip Whitchurch ... Mr. Woodberry
Angela Wynter ... Grace Wiseman
Petra Letang ... Loretta Samuel
Louis Mahoney ... Mr. Johnson
Anni Domingo ... Mrs. Jackson

Delroy Lindo ... Dennis Samuel
Leonie Elliott ... Judy Samuel
Naomi Simpson ... Dorothy Samuel
Mary Cunningham ... Mrs. Dunkley
Barry Davis ... Barry
Jon Rumney ... Silverstein
Stephen Richmond ... Vasha

Gary McDonald ... Gary Sobers
Newton Boothe ... Ticket Collector

Chris Geere ... Mrs. Wilson's Grandson
Frank Mills ... Mr. Robinson
Bruce Cook ... Wicket Keeper
Alex Wetten ... Baxter

Hugh Mitchell ... Hargreaves

Rhashan Stone ... Frank Worrell
Carolene Hinds ... Skinny Woman
Sophie Walker ... Mrs. Jessop
Julia Ford ... Mrs. Bryce
Ben Borowiecki ... Robinson
Alexander Green ... Bloom
Ashley Jones ... Blond Boy
Stan Robinson ... First Youth
Ben McCosker ... Second Youth
Danny Robinson ... Third Youth
William Green ... Boy

Tim Treloar ... Police Officer

Jack Smith ... Fireman (as Lionel Smith)
Bill Wallis ... Newsreel Commentary (voice)
Ukachi Akalawu ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Lucy Gusen ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Maxine Green ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Stewart Gurney ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Warren Heyes ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Geetha Joseph ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Delores Kumah ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Joe Mafe ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Claude Martin-Currie ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Alexis Roberts ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Russell Sargeant ... The Jiving Lindy Hoppers
Barrington Anderson ... Shuffle Dancer
Maureen Hibbert ... Shuffle Dancer
Frank Holden ... Shuffle Dancer
'Turkey' Clement Lewis ... Shuffle Dancer
Irven Lewis ... Shuffle Dancer
Perry Louis ... Shuffle Dancer
Simon Peter ... Shuffle Dancer
Melvyn Saunders ... Shuffle Dancer
Roy Shirley ... Shuffle Dancer
Bill Wiltshire ... Shuffle Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rrenford Junior Fagan ... Club Dancer (uncredited)

Abdul Popoola ... Stand In (uncredited)
Jurgen Proschinger ... Cricket Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Morrison 
Writing credits
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Paul Morrison  written by

Produced by
David Kosse .... co-executive producer
Michael Kuhn .... executive producer
Stewart Le Marechal .... associate producer (as Stewart Le Maréchal)
Kevin Loader .... executive producer
Jonny Persey .... producer
Malcolm Ritchie .... co-production executive: N1
Lesley Stewart .... co-producer
Jill Tandy .... co-production executive: N1
Original Music by
Ilona Sekacz 
Cinematography by
Nina Kellgren (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Freeman 
Casting by
Joan McCann 
Toby Whale 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
Set Decoration by
Steve Oakes 
Costume Design by
Anushia Nieradzik 
Makeup Department
Beverley Binda .... additional hair stylist
Beverley Binda .... assistant makeup artist
Victoria Elliott .... additional hair stylist
Victoria Elliott .... assistant makeup artist
Lucy Lebow .... makeup trainee (as Lucy Le Bow)
Jeanette Redmond .... additional hair stylist
Jeanette Redmond .... assistant makeup artist
Roseann Samuel .... hair designer
Roseann Samuel .... makeup designer
Kerry Scourfield .... makeup assistant
Allison Sing .... makeup assistant (as Alison Sing)
Ellie Winslow .... makeup artist: Delroy Lindo
Production Management
Emma Zee .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Channing-Williams .... third assistant director
Dan John .... second assistant director
Josh Robertson .... assistant director
Nick Shuttleworth .... co-second assistant director
Art Department
David Ackrill .... prop stand-by
Adam McCreight .... dressing props
Sound Department
Colette D. Dahanne .... adr mixer (as Colette Dahanne)
Michael Feinberg .... adr editor
Michael Feinberg .... dialogue editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Danny Hambrook .... sound recordist
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Eric Kuehnl .... adr consultant
Conor Mackey .... assistant sound editor
Khama Matiti .... sound recordist
Michael Redfern .... foley editor
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Rose .... supervising sound editor
Sven Taits .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Christophe Belena .... scan and conforming: Duboicolor
Sally Clayton .... digital film producer
Séverine De Wever .... production coordinator
Thierry Delobel .... compositing supervisor
Stephane Dittoo .... digital compositor
Xavier Fourmond .... digital compositor
Safiya Gili .... digital effects artist (as Safiya Ravat)
Abdel Ali Kassou .... film scanning and printing
Daniel Trujillo .... digital effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Barry Bellotti .... electrician
David Bourke .... best boy
Harry Bowers .... second assistant camera
Tom Gates .... gaffer
Chris Gilbertson .... desk operator
Chris Gilbertson .... lighting console operator
Phil Hurst .... electrician
Alison Lai .... clapper loader: dailies
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Jamie Summers .... electrician
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Editorial Department
Mark Burton .... first assistant editor
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant
Music Department
Alexis Bennett .... musician
Gerry O'Riordan .... music recording engineer
Ilona Sekacz .... conductor
Ilona Sekacz .... music arranger
Ilona Sekacz .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Ian 'Fingers' Lisi .... driver: props (as Ian Lisi)
Jason Mortlock .... unit driver
Other crew
Alexandra Arlango .... assistant: Michael Kuhn
Nicola Armstrong .... assistant coordinator
Joanna Bates .... assistant accountant
Jo Beckett .... script supervisor
Matt Curtis .... title designer
Clifford De Spenser .... dialect coach (as Clifford De Spencer)
Jennie Fava .... set runner
Anya Noakes .... unit publicist
Jurgen Proschinger .... finance manager: Kuhn & Co.
Sarah Teboul .... post-production accountant
Jacqueline Thorogood .... production coordinator
Laurent Treherne .... technical supervisor
Ben Vanstone .... production assistant
Henry Woolley .... location manager

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Rated PG for thematic material, some violence, sensuality, language including racial remarks, and brief smoking by minors
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Rubbish at Cricket, 9 December 2004
Author: Ion Martea from London, UK

"Wondrous Oblivion" is a film that has as its motive one of the most boring sports out there (at least for those who don't play it) – cricket. Thankfully, Paul Morrison's second feature, after the award winning "Solomon and Gaenor" (1999), is not about cricket at all.

We are given a coming of age story of a Jewish boy, David (Sam Smith), born in the family of two Holocaust survivors in the 1950s England: Victor (Stanley Townsend), a Polish émigré, and a very young Ruth (Emily Woof), coming from Germany. The boy has an empowering passion for cricket, obvious from his massive card collection of cricket celebrities. However, he is totally rubbish at it. His destiny is to change when a Jamaican émigré family comes next door, and sets up an improvised cricket court. Dennis Samuels (Delroy Lindo) teaches the boy the craftsmanship of the sport, and becomes a close friend of David.

All seems a very familiar bad-sportsman-turns-great story, but Morrison's script is ingenious enough not to fall in the stereotypical Hollywood film-making. The boy doesn't end up the great sportsman that we all wish him to be, but learns something greater, something more important in the process. And this is the 'wondrous oblivion' the author intended to deliver… The 1960s as a whole becomes a decade of surprising changes and animosity, and yet all characters seem to remain static in their conception of their beliefs.

This is a good film, and it is worth seeing for the original cinematography and a moving performance from Emily Woof ("Passion", "The Full Monty"), which steals the whole film. Watch out for the dance scene with Lindo, which is dominated both by passion, and religious taboos, and it is surprisingly sexy. The only three problems in the movie are the simplicity with each the Holocaust theme is being treated, the poor knowledge of Jewish faith, as well as the stereotypical two-dimensionality of the entire supporting cast. But this applies only for a picky audience.

"Wondrous Oblivion" is one of those films that one cannot dislike, or at least loathe. Pacing, beautiful, and quite funny really.

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