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Separate Lies -- A damaged relationship is stretched to its desperate limits in this drama.
Separate Lies -- A couple's marriage is complicated by the introduction of a third party.
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Nigel Balchin (based on the novel by "A Way Through the Wood")
Julian Fellowes
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Wilkinson ... James Manning

Emily Watson ... Anne Manning

Hermione Norris ... Priscilla
John Warnaby ... Simon

Rupert Everett ... Bill Bule

Richenda Carey ... Sarah Tufnell

Linda Bassett ... Maggie

Christine Lohr ... Nurse
Alice O'Connell ... Maggie's Daughter

John Neville ... Lord Rawston
Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes ... Bill's Son Charles
Henry Drake ... Bill's Son Freddy

David Harewood ... Inspector Marshall
Sabine Tourtellier ... Receptionist
Philip Rham ... French Lawyer
Jeremy Child ... Angus Burrell
Horlicks ... Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Bisset ... Dr. Morgan (uncredited)
Leonard Silver ... Minister (uncredited)

Terence Stamp ... Joe (uncredited)

Directed by
Julian Fellowes 
Writing credits
Nigel Balchin (based on the novel by "A Way Through the Wood")

Julian Fellowes 

Produced by
Steve Clark-Hall .... producer
Christian Colson .... producer
Paul Smith .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stanislas Syrewicz (music)
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alex Mackie 
Martin Walsh 
Casting by
Janey Fothergill 
Production Design by
Alison Riva 
Art Direction by
Niall Moroney 
Set Decoration by
Lee Sandales 
Costume Design by
Michele Clapton 
Makeup Department
Elaine Browne .... makeup artist
Lesley Noble .... makeup artist
Jamie Pritchard .... hairdresser: Mr. Everett
Roseann Samuel .... hair designer (as RoseAnn Samuel)
Roseann Samuel .... makeup designer (as RoseAnn Samuel)
Production Management
Orlagh Collins .... production manager
Mark Harris .... post-production supervisor
Ted Ladlow .... unit manager
François Pulliat .... production manager: Paris
Clare St. John .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Brown .... first assistant director
Lee Grumett .... third assistant director
Toby Hosking .... second assistant director
Aurélia Michon .... trainee assistant director: Paris
Charles Senard .... second assistant director: Paris
Art Department
Dave Allen .... construction manager
Lionel Callari .... props standby: Paris
Frank Carr .... stagehand
Lesley Cross .... production buyer
Chris Cull .... prop master
Jonathan Holbrook .... standby painter
Pete Lennox .... standby carpenter
Rob MacPherson .... standby props
Kerry-Ellen Maxwell .... props trainee: FT2
Simon Riley .... standby props
Fabrice Spelta .... art department assistant
Sam Stokes .... assistant art director
Sarah Stuart .... standby art director
Stephen Thomson .... prop hand
Denis Villand .... carpenter: Paris
Penny White .... store woman
Billy Wilson .... prop hand
Dorrie Young .... art department trainee: FT2
Martin Kane .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Hugo Adams .... foley editor: Reelsound
Gillian Dodders .... supervising dialogue editor
Nathan Duncan .... sound assistant
Stan Fiferman .... foley artist: Reelsound
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer: Reelsound
Andrew Griffiths .... sound maintenance
Mark Heslop .... sound editor
Melissa Lake .... foley artist: Reelsound
Nicolas Le Messurier .... re-recording mixer (as Nic LeMessurier)
Chris Munro .... sound mixer
Tom Sayers .... supervising sound editor
Richard Street .... re-recording mixer
Kevin Taylor .... foley mixer: Reelsound
Andy Thompson .... adr mixer: Reelsound
Paul Wrightson .... dialogue editor: Reelsound
Tony Currie .... additional dialogue editor (uncredited)
Mike Grimes .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Nigel Heath .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Ben Meechan .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Hilary Wyatt .... supervising dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michel Gery .... special effects assistant: Paris
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects assistant: Paris
Carol Styczen .... special effects assistant: Paris
Piotr Styczen .... special effects coordinator: Paris
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... visual effects supervision
Tim Davies .... inferno artist: VTR Digital Cinema
Simon Giles .... visual effects supervision
Safiya Gili .... combustion artist: VTR Digital Cinema (as Safiya Ravat)
Danny Pagan .... data co-ordinator: VTR Digital Cinema
James Tillett .... film recording supervisor: VTR Digital Cinema
Abbi Collins .... stunt performer
Gary Connery .... stunt coordinator
Neil Finnighan .... stunt performer
Sarah Franzl .... stunt performer
Steve Griffin .... stunt performer
Dave Holland .... stunt coordinator
Dave Holland .... stunt performer
Adam Kirley .... stunt performer
Andy Merchant .... stunt performer
Gordon Seed .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailie .... first assistant camera
Lionel Bailly .... electrician: Paris
Peter Batten .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Pete Batten)
Ashley Bond .... first assistant camera
Stephane Canda .... key grip: Paris (as Stéphane Canda)
Ciro Candia .... second assistant camera
Ennio Di Santolo .... electrician (as Ennio De Santola)
Laurent Dray .... grip: Paris
Tommy Finch .... gaffer (as Christopher 'Tommy' Finch)
Sam Garwood .... additional photography: second unit
Dave Gray .... standby rigger (as David Gray)
Guy Guermouth .... electrician: Paris (as Guy Guermout)
Alice Hobden .... second assistant camera: second unit
Bradley Hogan .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Brad Hogan)
Stuart Howell .... camera operator
Gary Hymns .... grip: second unit
Giles Keyte .... stills photographer
Chris Knoll .... electrician
Franck Lependu .... electrician: Paris
Quentin Markowski .... electrician: Paris
Rod Marley .... first assistant camera: second unit
Benjamin Miranda .... grip: Paris
Eric Monin .... electrician: Paris
Olivier Neveu .... gaffer: Paris
Mickey Peerless .... electrician (as Micky Peerless)
Vincent Plaidy .... camera loader: Paris
Benjamin Prevost .... electrician: Paris
Darren Quinn .... key grip
Ed Rutherford .... first assistant camera: second unit
Christian Thurot .... electrician: Paris
Mathieu Ungaro .... grip: Paris
Garie Wetherill .... video playback operator
George White .... best boy (as George 'Spike' White)
Lorraine Jones .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Camilla Evans .... casting assistant
Myriam Haquin .... crowd casting: Paris
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chloe Aubry .... costume assistant (as Cloe Aubry)
Rose Goodheart .... costume supervisor (as Rose Goodhart)
Cristy Watson .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Marsha Bramwell .... cutting room trainee
Alison Carter .... first assistant editor
Sally Clayton .... production supervisor: VTR Digital Cinema
Mike Fraser .... consultant: VTR Digital Cinema
Heidi Freeman .... first assistant editor
Steve Harrow .... post production consultant: Steeple Post Production Services
Peter Hunt .... colour timer
Rod Shelton .... producer: VTR Digital Cinema
Laurent Treherne .... data supervisor: VTR Digital Cinema
Mark Vincent .... colorist (as Mick Vincent)
Music Department
Niv Adiri .... music editor
Zbigniew Graca .... conductor: Polish Radio Orchestra
Julian Kershaw .... orchestrator
Tadeusz Mieczkowski .... recording engineer: Polish Radio Studios
Mike Ross-Trevor .... music mixing engineer: Whitfield Street Studios, London
Devin Workman .... assistant engineer: Whitfield Street Studios, London
Nora Mullally .... music business/legal services (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gary Barnes .... unit driver
Mick Boddy .... driver: standby props
Brian Brookner .... unit driver
Marie-Elise Chocroun .... driver: Paris
Graham Dolloery .... driver: minibus (as Graham Dollery)
Matt Evans .... driver: facilities
Geraldine Girault .... driver: Paris
Georg Grohmann .... unit driver (as Georg Grohman)
Mark Hatchwell .... driver: grip van
John Hogbin .... driver: minibus
Carl Isherwood .... Driver: facilities
Russell King .... driver: camera truck
Rob MacKnight .... driver: minibus (as Rob McKnight)
Mac MacLean .... facilities captain (as Mac McLean)
Nigel Morris .... driver: props runaround
Maxime Mund .... driver: Paris
Simon Saunders .... unit driver
Mike Smith .... unit driver
Colin Stephenson .... driver: facilities (as Colin Stevenson)
Alexandre Vernerey .... driver: Paris
Sean Warwick .... driver: standby construction
Darren Watson .... driver: facilities
Mike Wheeler .... unit driver
Other crew
Adrien Adriaco .... assistant unit location manager: Paris
Sarah Baker .... assistant: Paul Smith, Celador Films
Tyson Barber .... location runner
Georgie Bayford .... accountant: Celador Films
Clare Bennett .... assistant co-ordinator
Carey Berlin .... production assistant: DNA Films
Alexandra Bouillon .... assistant: Steve Clark-Hall (as Alex Bouillon)
Gregory Bruneau .... location production assistant: Paris (as Grégory Bruneau)
Marie-France Calif .... production co-ordinator: Paris
Steve Clark .... chef: Set Meals
Mike Clark-Hall .... floor runner
Melanie Claus .... production co-ordinator (as Mel Claus)
James Cooper .... production runner
Rachel Cooper .... production assistant: DNA Films
Ginger Corbett .... publicity: Premier Public Relations
Sarah Critchley .... script clearances
Matt Curtis .... title designed by (as Matthew Curtis)
Sébastien Delepine .... location production assistant: Paris
Sean Desmond .... security manager
Stephen Dover .... financial management: Celador Films
John Ensby .... laboratory contact
Larry Eydmann .... health and safety advisor (as Larry Eydman)
Penny Eyles .... script supervisor
Camille Gatin .... stand-in
Yolandi Groblar .... catering assistant: Set Meals
Harriet Harper .... assistant to director
Kate Hudson .... publicity: Premier Public Relations
Patrick Isherwood .... production accountant
Rachel James .... post production accountant
Nicky Jarvis .... unit nurse
Claire Kendall-Price .... production trainee
Lisa Leibo .... assistant: Christian Colson, Celador Films
Ivana MacKinnon .... development executive: Celador Films
Simon Maxwell .... production runner
Lara Murray .... location manager
Cindy Newman .... supplier: Horlicks the Dog
Ben Nicholas .... production assistant: DNA Films
David Oliver .... stand-in
Zohra Salhi .... production accountant: Paris
Isaac Sananes .... assistant accountant
Joan Smith .... cashier
Joanne Smith .... general manager: DNA Films
Jane Soans .... location manager
John Stewart .... chef: Set Meals
Sue Summerskill .... chaperone
Grégory Valais .... unit location manager: Paris
Jen Lambert .... construction nurse (uncredited)
Charles Senard .... location scout (uncredited)
Cassandra Balchin .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Charles Balchin .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Freya Balchin .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Jane Balchin .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Stephen Critchlow .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Gerard Crosnier .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Donald Douglas .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Zizi Durrance .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Prudence Hopkins .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Robert Jones .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
James Kay .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Laurence Kaye .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Cathy King .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Sarah King .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Martin Koch .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Penelope Leach .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Rhoda Lewis .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Andrew Macdonald .... special thanks
Alastair Mackenzie .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Patrick Massey .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Nora Mullally .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Allon Reich .... special thanks
George Stiles .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Jesus Torres .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance: Le Caprice, London
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language including some sexual references
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:15 (original rating) | USA:R (PCA #41078) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:TV-14 (cable rating)

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Nigel Balchin's novel was first published in 1951, but was updated to the 21st century for this movie adaptation.See more »
Anne Manning:I've failed every test you've set me, but you keep setting them. why/
James Manning:I don't know.
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Features "Monarch of the Glen" (2000)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Excellent depiction of a relationship and its complexities, 7 July 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Another great Tom Wilkinson performance punctuates "Separate Lies," a 2005 film also starring Emily Watson, Linda Bassett and Rupert Everett. Directed by Julian Fellowes, it's the story of a married couple, James and Ann Manning where the husband (Wilkinson) believes he and his wife (Watson) are happy together. An accident near their house on the night they have a party brings the police around. It is a hit and run that killed their maid Maggie's (Bassett) husband. James becomes suspicious of a neighbor, Bill Bule (Everett) when he sees some damage on his car. He confronts Bule, who admits he did it and promises to go to the police the next day. When James arrives home, Ann is angry that he is making such a big deal out of it and states that she was driving the car.

Of course, James then isn't so eager to rush to the police. She suggests that they call Bule and tell him their decision. "Oh, f___ Bule," James says. "Well, that's just it," Ann says. "I am f___ing Bule."

James' devastation is just the beginning in this well-crafted drama. Without giving the plot away, this is a good example of how gender switching changes a story. Example of what I mean: Susan Smith drives her car into a lake and her children drown. She gets life in prison. What if the father had done it? The chair.

You'd be surprised how often the outcome would be different. The same is true here - if it had been James having the affair and doing the subsequent activities, viewers might feel differently about the story. If Ann were in James' place, it would be shattering. As it is, it's tremendously sad.

Tom Wilkinson is heartbreaking as a man blindsided by the woman he adores, and Emily Watson does a beautiful job as Ann, who, once she frees herself from her lies - her involvement in the accident and the happy marriage - knows what she has to do. Rupert Everett as Bule is very effective - indolent, uppity and ultimately in need. Everyone here is very civilized in their dealings with one another, and no one is all good or all bad.

There are separate lies - James that his marriage is happy, Ann's as listed above - and there is one uniting lie - the accident, about which all parties keep quiet. It's enough for Ann that Maggie knows. In the end, all must deal with the separate lies that the single lie uncovered.

Brilliant film.

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