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  (in credits order)
Pauline McLynn ... Helen

Chloe Sirene ... Tasha

Paul McGann ... Paul
Rula Lenska ... Irina
Tamzin Dunstone ... Kelly
Barry Latchford ... Jimmy

Freddie Connor ... Tasha's Husband
Tom Stuart ... Darren

Olegar Fedoro ... Tasha's Father
Sean Wilton ... Art Tutor
Angelica O'Reilly ... Prostitute
Rebecca Clow ... Terminal Hostess
Majid Iqbal ... Illegal Worker
Ashley McGuire ... Penny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Josef Altin ... Michael
Claire Angus ... Irina's Neighbour
James Blanchard ... Tall Bully
Clara Clow ... Baby Jordan
Charlotte Edmundson ... Katy
Liane Grant ... Girl Bully (as Leane Grant)
Milo Hertz ... Nicky's Baby
Jonathan Howlett ... Kev
Stuart Jarvis ... Security Man 2
Mark Keefe ... Security Man 1
Ruby McLynn ... Kylie
Christiane Bjørg Nielsen ... Singer
Lisa Payne ... Tamara
Santa ... Santa
Natalie Sewell ... Jane
Oliver Tatt ... Short Bully
James Thomas ... Hotelier
Carys Nia Williams ... Nicky

Directed by
Jan Dunn (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jan Dunn 

Produced by
Barry Bassett .... co-producer
Jan Dunn .... executive producer
Mark Foligno .... co-producer
Steve Milne .... co-producer
James O'Donnell .... associate producer
Tamara Syer .... producer
James Thomas .... associate producer
Elaine Wickham .... executive producer
Elaine Wickham .... producer
Original Music by
Christiane Bjørg Nielsen 
Cinematography by
Jacob Kusk (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Emma Collins 
Casting by
Alex Johnson 
Production Management
Clare Beale .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Davidson .... third assistant director
Tom Dunbar .... first assistant director
Ashley McGuire .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jolene Farmer .... set coordinator
Jolene Farmer .... set dresser
Sean Kisch .... props
Sean Kisch .... set coordinator
Sound Department
Gavin Bush .... sound assistant: second unit
Michelle Mascol .... sound editor (as Michelle Mascoll)
Michelle Mascol .... sound mixer (as Michelle Mascoll)
Adrienne Taylor .... boom operator
Juliette Cheveley .... stunt double
Neil Finnighan .... stunt coordinator
James O'Donnell .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Bonnor .... first assistant camera
Jean-Phillippe Default .... still photographer
Ken Kwek .... assistant camera
Ken Kwek .... third camera operator
Iago López Rodríguez .... assistant camera
John Martin White .... second camera operator
Editorial Department
Rhys Llewellyn .... on-line editor
Des Murray .... on-line editor
Other crew
Alex Breadman .... runner
Tony Edwards .... runner
Leanne Grant .... production assistant
Iago López Rodríguez .... video (as Iago Lopez)
Liz Metcalfe .... script supervisor
Cate Muller .... publicist
Kieran Nicholas .... production assistant
David Nielsen .... advisor
Nathan Shepherd .... runner
Jake Slack .... runner
Bryan Webb .... caterer

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UK:98 min

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There was no script - all the dialogue in the film was improvised. The only guides were basic Contrary to some press, there was an entirely structured screenplay, with dialogue written in a prose format style under the writer/director who wanted to achieve spontaneous dialogue in the rehearsal process.See more »


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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Powerful Movie in New Dogme Genre, 27 August 2005
Author: jgrafx from United States

Just when it seems that cinema has descended yet again into the deep abyss of zero plot combined with tons of special effects performed by pretty boys and pop tarts with no acting abilities whatsoever to disguise the fact that it is trash, something new comes along to uplift the entire sorry state of modern film and restore the discerning audience's faith in the true art of the cinema. I attended just such a performance at the 24th August 2005 premiere screening of Gypo in the UK at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and found it to be a powerful dramatic piece (the first British one) from the recent Dogme genre of film making. According to its manifesto, Dogme rules reject special effects, scripted and formulaic acting, and films all scenes in ambient light to make the actors rather than post- production additions drive the plot. Told from the points of view of the wife Helen, the husband Paul and the Czech immigrant Tasha, the story of the disintegration of a working-class British family from Margate while encountering newly-arrived refugee immigrants, makes for some gritty, gripping entertainment. As the film covers the same events from three differing points of view, the plot is gradually fleshed out and brought to a most surprising conclusion. Nothing is as it originally appears. Be prepared to be surprised and absorbed completely in the unfolding, many-layered story.

Pauline McLynn, usually known for her comedic acting in the UK, gives a tour de force drama performance as the frustrated, ineffective-feeling wife Helen. One feels her frustration when her husband and teenage daughter use her in various ways and make fun of her attempts to find her inner creative self in sculpture classes. When she meets Tasha, we are allowed to see her caring and compassionate side in reaching out for those less fortunate still. Paul McGann portrays the simmering angry, repressed, frustrated breadwinner who hates change yet despises his limited, impoverished, meaningless existence of doing carpet installation day jobs. Alternating between stony silence and lashing out in bigoted epithets at "Gypos" whom he feels (incorrectly) take his jobs, McGann portrays a total bastard with whom one may still feel some sympathy. Perhaps, he might have filled some of the silent scenes with more lines, but his performance was generally quite solid. Relative acting newcomer Chloe Sirene, actually London-born, also gives a fantastic and completely convincing performance as the Romany Czech refugee, Tasha, struggling against ethnic hatred and pursuing male relatives to gain British citizenship, independence, and find her way in an impoverished and hostile area. Even though a teen the age of Helen's daughter, she shows great strength and resilience in the face of great adversity. The supporting cast also give very solid performances that add texture to the developing story line.

Hopefully, this excellent film will make its way into American theaters, at the very least the Art Theater circuit, in the next year. This deserving film definitely should be added to everyone's must-see list.

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