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Wah-Wah -- Acclaimed actor Richard E. Grant's directorial debut, "Wah-Wah", is a semi-autobiographical "coming-of-age at the end of an age" drama which focuses on the dysfunctional Compton family. Set in Swaziland, just prior to its independence from Britain, the gradual disintegration of Ralph's family mirrors the end of the British rule.
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Release Date:
2 June 2006 (UK) See more »
Every family has its own language.
Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(12 articles)
The top 25 underappreciated films of 2005
 (From Den of Geek. 15 January 2014, 7:12 AM, PST)

Q&A: Richard E Grant
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 27 May 2011, 4:07 PM, PDT)

Richard E Grant: Lunch with Mariella
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 12 March 2011, 4:03 PM, PST)

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Gabriel Byrne ... Harry Compton

Emily Watson ... Ruby Compton

Julie Walters ... Gwen Traherne

Nicholas Hoult ... Ralph Compton - 14 years

Miranda Richardson ... Lauren Compton

Zac Fox ... Ralph Compton - 11 years old

Celia Imrie ... Lady Riva Hardwick

Julian Wadham ... Charles Bingham

Fenella Woolgar ... June Broughton
John Matshikiza ... Dr. Zim Mzimba
Sid Mitchell ... Vernon
John Carlisle ... Sir Gifford Hardwick
Mathokoza Sibiya ... Dozen
Sindisiswe Nxumalo ... Regina
Michael Richard ... Tobias
Caroline Smart ... Taj
Ian Roberts ... John Traherne
Olivia Grant ... Monica
Sibusiso Mamba ... Father Ndlovu
Tony Hatton ... Mr. Parker
Clare Marshall ... Mrs. Malaga
Kim Borrell ... Bunny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angus Imrie ... Boy in Crowd (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard E. Grant 
Writing credits
Richard E. Grant (written by)

Produced by
Jeff Abberley .... producer
Julia Blackman .... executive producer
Chris Curling .... co-producer
Pierre Kubel .... producer
Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar .... producer
Jeremy Nathan .... executive producer
Joel Phiri .... executive producer
Pascal Ralite .... line producer
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
Cinematography by
Pierre Aïm (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Isabelle Dedieu 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Gary Williamson 
Art Direction by
Ray Berman 
Richard Field (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Oli Novadnieks  (as Oli Novadieks)
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
Makeup Department
Christina Baker .... chief hair stylist
Christina Baker .... makeup designer
Ashley Johnson .... hair stylist
Ashley Johnson .... makeup artist
Cheryl Mitchell .... hair stylist
Cheryl Mitchell .... makeup artist
Melissa Slabbert .... hair stylist: extras
Melissa Slabbert .... makeup artist: extras
Jade Snell .... makeup artist: extras
Production Management
Nicole Carmen-Davis .... production manager
Bruno Daniault .... post-production manager
Martin Jaubert .... production manager
Toni Marais .... assistant unit manager: South Africa and Swazi
Lynne-Anne Vosloo .... unit manager: South Africa and Swazi
Izy Wiget .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew McEwan .... second assistant director
Alex Oakley .... second assistant director
Alan Raad .... third assistant director
Charlie Watson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Anthony Dean Amey .... art department coordinator (as Dean Amey)
Flo Ballack .... set decorator: South Africa
Mark Elderkin .... art department runner
Bongani Ledwaba .... lead dressing propman
Sarah Pasquali .... art department coordinator: UK
Eric Pateguana .... carpenter: South Africa and Swaziland
Vicky Sawkins .... assistant props (as Vicci Sawkins)
Solly Sithole .... dressing propman
Ashleigh Tobias .... production buyer
Ashleigh Tobias .... prop buyer
Mphumelelo Vilakazi .... carpenter: South Africa and Swaziland
Graham Ward .... property master
Sound Department
Thomas Bernard .... sound recordist
Jean-Michel Chauvet .... boom operator
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Humphreys .... sound
Mark Lafbery .... adr mixer
Dominique Levert .... sound engineer
Dominique Levert .... sound
Didier Lozahic .... foley editor
Didier Lozahic .... foley mixer
Dominique Mazière .... foley artist assistant (as Dominique Maziere)
Pascal Mazière .... foley artist (as Pascal Maziere)
Grahame Peters .... dialogue editor
Samuel Potin .... sound recordist
Fabrice Sauré .... sound recordist (as Fabrice Saure)
Andy Walker .... sound effects editor
Frédéric Warnotte .... technical director: sound (as Frederic Warnotte)
Special Effects by
Arnaud Pisani .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Christophe Ferrier .... visual effects supervisor
Eric Vidal .... computer graphic artist
Kevin Phelan .... film recording supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gordon Adams .... rigging grip: South Africa and Swazi
Stephen Daly .... rigging gaffer: South Africa and Swazi
Delphine Desbruères .... camera loader
Guy Ferrandis .... still photographer
Justin Fouche .... assistant camera operator
Denis Garnier .... focus puller
Kevin Gibb .... lighting best boy: South Africa and Swazi
Yves Kohen .... gaffer
Xito Kuazangogo .... video tape operator (as Xito Kuazangongo)
Théo Louis Jean .... best boy grip (as Theophile Louis-Jean)
Themba Mahlaba .... rigging spark: South Africa and Swazi
Owen Mitchell .... junior spark: South Africa and Swazi
Albert Mohlaba .... spark: South Africa and Swazi
Joe Rasta Ngceni .... assistant grip: South Africa and Swazi
Richard Rolf .... Steadicam operator
Etienne Saldés .... key grip (as Etienne Saldes)
Mickael Seepe .... rigging spark: South Africa and Swazi
Karl Waugh .... assistant best boy: South Africa and Swazi
Sven Vosloo .... additional cinematography (uncredited)
Jennifer Wheatley .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jennifer Sale .... extras casting coordinator: South Africa and Swazi
Christa Schamberger .... casting: South Africa and Swazi
Alex Johnson .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melanie Finch .... stand-by wardrobe
Jo Katsaras .... costume supplier
Melanie Lubbe .... wardrobe assistant: extras
Dee Whayte .... wardrobe (2005)
Tamar Zaig .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Liza Ignazi .... assistant to editor
Guillaume Paqueville .... assistant editor trainee
Kevin Phelan .... film recording supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Matt Biffa .... music clearance: UK
Abigail Doyle .... assistant to composer: Patrick Doyle
Patrick Doyle .... orchestrator
Vic Fraser .... music copyist
Simon Greenaway .... music editor
Jake Jackson .... assistant music engineer
Valérie Lindon .... music supervisor
Maggie Rodford .... music producer
James Shearman .... conductor
James Shearman .... orchestrator
Nick Taylor .... assistant music engineer
Nick Wollage .... music engineer
Ian Wood .... assistant music engineer
Lucy Evans .... assistant music producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Sean Berkhout .... transportation captain: South Africa and Swazi
Dave Brackley .... driver: tracking vehicle
Lucky Hlubi .... driver: South Africa and Swazi
Coenie Le Roux .... assistant car coordinator: South Africa and Swazi
Elias Makhanya .... driver: South Africa and Swazi
Albert Maphosho .... driver: South Africa and Swazi (as Albert Maphoso)
Osias Mindaweni .... driver: South Africa and Swazi (as Osias Mndaweni)
Itumaleng Mokoena .... driver: South Africa and Swazi (as Itumeleng Mokoena)
Kenny Moleme .... driver: South Africa and Swazi
Alton Mthunzi .... driver: South Africa and Swazi
Hodges Sibeko .... driver: South Africa and Swazi
Hendrik H. Spangenberg .... assistant transportation captain: South Africa and Swazi (as Hendrik Spangenberg)
Adrian J. Van Wyk .... car coordinator: South Africa and Swazi
Other crew
Virginie Berrotte .... production assistant
Claire Bibaud .... production assistant
John Collett .... production accountant
Tim Cook .... unit accountant: South Africa and Swazi
Dennis Davidson .... UK publicity
Katia Djafri .... production assistant
Sadek Djermoune .... production accountant
Wilfred Durand .... banker: OBC
Didier Duverger .... banker: Coficine
Bob Fabre .... paramedic: South Africa and Swazi
Anne Flamant .... banker: Coficine
Laetitia Galitzine .... production coordinator
Colette Gervais .... banker: OBC
Andrew Giddey .... runner: South Africa and Swazi
Laurence Guérault .... unit location manager (as Laurence Guerault)
Hilary Heath .... developer: Blackjack Productions Limited
Bjorn Hellqvist .... stand-in: South Africa and Swazi
Karen Jones .... script supervisor
Sara Jones .... unit bookkeeper: South Africa and Swazi
Geoff Kemp .... stand-in: South Africa and Swazi
Eve Kirchner .... production assistant
Kronprinsesse Mary .... stand-in: South Africa and Swazi (as Mary Donaldson)
Maddy Lewis .... production assistant
Marc Maier .... catering buyer
Ishmael Maupe .... location assistant: South Africa and Swazi (as Ishmael Maupa)
Alan McMenamin .... tutor: South Africa and Swazi
Cedric Monnerie .... legal and business affairs: Loma Nasha
Joe Mphola .... location assistant: South Africa and Swazi (as Jode Mphela)
Djamel Ouahab .... making-of
Phil Robertson .... production executive
Teri-Lin Robertson .... production services: Reeleyes Film
Aurelie Rouviere .... production assistant
Hugo Rubini .... insurance: Rubin and Associes
Corinne Saglio .... production accountant
David Salbot .... assistant accountant
Joanne Sennitt .... production accountant
Lauren Tatton .... production assistant
Ben Thomas .... legal and business affairs: Scion Films
Frederic Tingaud .... publicity and promotion: Fidelio
Christian Valsamidis .... legal and business affairs: Loma Nasha
Adriaan van Zyl .... production secretary: South Africa and Swazi
Jean-Roux Viljoen .... location manager: South Africa and Swazi
Jean-Pierre Vincent .... press agent
Joan Washington .... dialect coach: Emily Watson and Nicholas Hoult
Taylor Wessing .... legal and business affairs: Loma Nasha
Kevin Wiles .... banker: Rand Merchant Bank
Janine Williams .... production secretary: South Africa and Swazi
Lucy Evans .... assistant music producer (uncredited )
Ronnie Apteker .... special thanks
Anne Flamant .... special thanks
Hilary Heath .... special thanks
Tendeka Matatu .... special thanks
Kevin Wiles .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wah Wah" - International (English title) (informal alternative title)
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Rated R for some language and brief sexuality
USA:120 min | Canada:97 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Argentina:120 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

According to Richard E. Grant's diaries, Julie Walters was the first to be cast.See more »
Anachronisms: The movie supposedly starts in 1969 with the date appearing on the screen. Yet Swaziland received independence on 6 September 1968.See more »
Ralph Compton - 11 years old:Why is Daddy's medal stupid?
Lauren Compton:Because all those idiots, dressed up like bloody vanilla ice creams, think that it's a suitable reward for enduring a lifetime of boredom out here in this... middle of bloody nowhere, that's why!
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Movie Connections:
References "Popeye the Sailor" (1960)See more »
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26 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
so beautiful, 4 May 2006
Author: bulgarianmaria from new york

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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