Wah-Wah (2005)

R  |   |  Drama  |  2 June 2006 (UK)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwen Traherne
Lauren Compton
Lady Riva Hardwick
June Broughton
John Matshikiza ...
Dr. Zim Mzimba
Sid Mitchell ...
John Carlisle ...
Sir Gifford Hardwick
Mathokoza Sibiya ...
Sindisiswe Nxumalo ...
Michael Richard ...


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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Every family has its own language.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 June 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bla-Bla  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$135,568 (New Zealand) (15 September 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Richard E. Grant's diaries, Julie Walters was the first to be cast. See more »


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


Lauren Compton: I'm not invisible, you know.
Lady Riva Hardwick: No, you're a divorcée, which is far worse.
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Featured in Wah Wah in Swaziland (2005) See more »


Okay Toots
Written by Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn
Performed by Harry Roy and his Orchestra
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31 May 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I thought the movie was absolutely excellent. I saw it tonight and it held a very special place in my heart because i'm Swazi and I knew all about what was happening and Grant's family. I thought it was a very accurate portrayal of Swazis and Swazi culture. It was beautifully done because it was just a boy's view of the world around him. He didn't politicize the era, and he allowed the viewer to make his or her own judgments without trying to steer the audience. It was beautifully done. The settings and the scenes were structured beautifully and I felt as if I was in Swaziland. I realize how biased I am and I went to see the film with an American friend and we both appreciated Richard E. Grant's style. It is very obvious that he put a lot into this film and the result is captivating. I cried and I thought it was because i had a personal connection to the film but when the lights went up I noticed that I wasn't the only one shedding tears. I highly recommend this film to people who want to go on a journey. I just loved it!

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