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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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Rascism and sport in a film about someone born to immigrants themselves, Wondrous Oblivion just about balances respective plights of living with hostility and coming-of-age. See more (24 total) »


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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
Lionel Mark 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
(in alphabetical order)
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
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
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Rascism and sport in a film about someone born to immigrants themselves, Wondrous Oblivion just about balances respective plights of living with hostility and coming-of-age., 2 April 2010
Author: johnnyboyz from Hampshire, England

Wondrous Oblivion is neat and effective for what it is. In Cricketing terms, it's a sort of cinematic equivalent of a steady-going half century complete with the odd blemish that doesn't quite develop into a big hundred. You get the feeling it was made by someone fairly passionate about films and the art of film-making, someone that enjoys taking on subject matter which is fairly familiar but who isn't additionally afraid of tackling issues of discrimination and racism. On a technical level, Wondrous Oblivion works, well, near wonders. On a level of story telling and using an age old arc for its characters to undergo, let's just say the film works to a degree which will not, and consequently has not, seen it shatter any new ground and as a result, has perhaps faded into near oblivion.

The location is London, the year 1960; and the film tells the coming of age plus rise in cricketing ability of one young boy named David (Smith) on one strand with the arrival plus socially outcast-driven demise of a West Indian family who have moved in next door, a family headed up by Dennis (Lindo), on the other. The film's underlying idea is that sport can bring people together, and in a time that sees a white Britain have immigrants from the Caribbean arrive and all the questions that come with being in the presence of them, it is fitting that a cricket match at a local ground will see blacks and whites; West Indians and the English-alike, all gather around in one place together at one time in order to share a fondness for a sport being played out in front of them. The sport is Cricket. Cricket is the would-be first love of our lead, a fresh faced and distinctly innocent looking boy who doesn't exactly excel at the sport; relegated to mostly scoring Surrey's county matches and England's home Tests by way in some form or another. All this plus the persistent engaging in his own fantasy cricket matches in which player profile cards pit their wits against one another during which either end of a pencil is used to determine who does what. It would be fair to say David is wrapped up in his own little world.

Born to Jewish German immigrants himself, and therefore hardly into a Cricketing family of any kind, David's curiosity in the two things that will form the basis for his transition in the film arrive at once in the form of new immigrant neighbours and the item they set up in their back garden. What could it be? Fabric that aids in growing some kind of sprawling plant? Their own way to tell those next door that this is where their territory categorically begins? No, it's the cricketing net they construct in order so that they may have a bowl and a bat in their spare time. But David eventually bonds with the family's daughter, a certain Judy (Elliot), and before long connects with her in the same way he does with the sport of Cricket, only in a different sense.

Director Paul Morrison constructs an odd, consistently wavy sensibility about things within a period setting. I don't doubt the authenticity of the sets recreated for the era, but Morrison somehow manages to blend that raw, unhinged and really rather hostile 'look' of a kitchen sink drama of its time with several other sequences of a more lightweight, upbeat and romanticised nature that come with a similar atmosphere. For most of the time that the West Indians have only recently moved in next door, a lot of what we see of them in constructed from a gaze that sees the onlooking character peer down at them from the somewhat hallowed turf of their own home. Standing at a window looking at them in their kitchen doing whatever or in the garden building the Cricket net, the technique calls to mind a certain sense of trepidation of how young David views them – his point of view constructed as if it were a sense of curiosity blended with that want to keep one's distance and just survey. The technique is banished when he interacts with them more and more often, the stuffy and somewhat dismissive tone of the elderly English adults nearer the start of the film springing to mind as the only other time we've seen him previously interact with an adult that isn't a member of his family; Dennis' soothing, calm and relaxed voice plus mannerisms taking centre stage for a quick session of bowling. Unlike the stuffy, nonchalant English who dismiss his skills and relegate him to scoring his school's cricket matches, Dennis is patient with David and comes to coach him.

Morrison balances everything much like he balances the gritty, racially driven hatred of some scenes with the more uplifting mostly sweet sequences of David and Judy interacting in a young and naive manner at times of great tension: lopsided, but mostly feeling more important than it actually is because of the subject matter. A certain rawness desperately wants to kick at certain times, particularly towards the end, while a sub-plot involving David's mother and potential infidelity sort of exists to bulk out the runtime. But the film works on the whole, with the quirky and upbeat aesthetic creeping into realms of near fantasy when it transpires David, very briefly, captains a West Indian international: they're here because the West Indies, conveniently, are due to play England in a test series, although I looked it up and it appears South Africa were the touring side for the summer of 1960. Regardless, Wondrous Oblivion is worth seeing for the steady piece it is. Whereas a lesser film taking on the sort of varied material might've been clean bowled early on, Wondrous Oblivion provides a scratchy innings which survives a few scares, before going on to make a score of some extent.

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