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Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, ... See full summary »

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Gwen Traherne
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Lauren Compton
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Lady Riva Hardwick
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June Broughton
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Dr. Zim Mzimba
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Vernon
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Sir Gifford Hardwick
Mathokoza Sibiya ...
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Regina
Michael Richard ...
Tobias
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Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, till he's 14. It is written and directed by Richard E Grant, and based on true events from Richard E Grant's childhood. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$55,304 (USA) (12 May 2006)

Gross:

$135,568 (New Zealand) (15 September 2006)
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According to Richard E. Grant's diaries the part of the father was meant to be younger but all the actors were asked in that age range passed so an older actor was chosen. See more »

Goofs

The movie supposedly starts in 1969 with the date appearing on the screen. Yet Swaziland received independence on 6 September 1968. See more »

Quotes

Ruby Compton: I'm an American.
Lady Riva Hardwick: How very hubbly jubbly for you.
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Features A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Okay Toots
Written by Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn
Performed by Harry Roy and his Orchestra
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so beautiful
4 May 2006 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

i saw this tonight at the tribeca film festival. a truly rewarding exploration of the director's childhood, with honest yet loving depictions of his parents. grant has avoided the expected African clichés — safaris, tribal dances, national geographic wonders — and has chosen instead a very personal viewpoint of colonial Africa. that originality is part of the film's beauty. the other ingredients: strong characters, in the hands of byrne and watson especially, that are humane and varied. the plot is dramatic, yet i left the theater envigorated and full of joy. my love to all the crew and cast — it was a gift to see this.


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