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Writers:
David Nicholls (novel)
David Nicholls (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 March 2007 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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Sweet, moving, emotional winner See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Joseph Friend ... Young Brian
James Gaddas ... Martin Jackson

Catherine Tate ... Julie Jackson

Mark Gatiss ... Bamber Gascoigne
Robert Cawsey ... University Challenge Competitor
Rasmus Hardiker ... University Challenge Competitor

Guy Henry ... Dr. Morrison

James McAvoy ... Brian Jackson

James Corden ... Tone

Dominic Cooper ... Spencer

Simon Woods ... Josh

Sule Rimi ... Marcus
Joe Van Moyland ... Hippy at the Party

Rebecca Hall ... Rebecca Epstein

Benedict Cumberbatch ... Patrick Watts

Elaine Tan ... Lucy Chang
Ian Bonar ... Colin

Alice Eve ... Alice Harbinson
Reuben-Henry Biggs ... Anthony Salmon (as Reuben Henry Biggs)

Ben Willbond ... University Challenge Coordinator
Su Elliot ... Cleaning Lady (as Su Elliott)

Gerard Monaco ... Waiter
John Henshaw ... Des

Charles Dance ... Michael Harbinson

Lindsay Duncan ... Rose Harbinson
Bethan Bevan ... Cordelia Sykes

Raj Ghatak ... Nigel De Havilland
Tom Allen ... Tristram Neville
Kenneth Hadley ... Television Director

Nicholas Gleaves ... Speaker for Nuclear Disarmament
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ross Gowland ... Bristol Student (uncredited)
Julian Hensey ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Tim Packham ... Student protestor (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Vaughan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Nicholls  novel
David Nicholls  screenplay

Produced by
Jeff Abberley .... executive producer: Scion Films
Julia Blackman .... executive producer: Scion Films
Diana Choi .... co-producer (as Diana Choi Sachs)
Michelle Chydzik Sowa .... executive producer
Gary Goetzman .... producer
Tom Hanks .... producer
Pippa Harris .... producer
Nathalie Marciano .... executive producer
Sam Mendes .... executive producer
Mary Richards .... co-producer
Steve Shareshian .... executive producer (as Steven Shareshian)
 
Original Music by
Blake Neely 
 
Cinematography by
Ashley Rowe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jon Harris 
Heather Persons 
 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
 
Production Design by
Sarah Greenwood 
 
Art Direction by
Ian Bailie (supervising art director)
Nick Gottschalk 
 
Set Decoration by
Katie Spencer 
 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Morris 
 
Makeup Department
Mandy Gold .... chief makeup artist
Susan Howard .... hair stylist (as Sue Howard)
Susan Howard .... makeup artist (as Sue Howard)
Terry Jarvis .... wigs
Julie Kendrick .... additional hair stylist
Julie Kendrick .... additional makeup artist
Jacqueline Russon .... makeup artist
Loulia Sheppard .... chief hair stylist
Jenny Shircore .... hair designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup designer
Julia Vernon .... hair stylist: crowd
Julia Vernon .... makeup artist: crowd
Eve Wignall .... additional hair stylist
Eve Wignall .... additional makeup artist
Colin Wyatt .... chief hair stylist
 
Production Management
Simon Fraser .... production manager
Jeanette Haley .... post-production supervisor
Nick Oliver .... unit manager: locations
Tim Pedegana .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Booth .... second assistant director
Guy Heeley .... first assistant director
Vicky Marks .... third assistant director
Charlie Reed .... co-third assistant director (as Charles Reed)
Christian Rigg .... crowd third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carl Alsop .... carpenter
Paul Bale .... painter
Joshua Barraud .... chargehand stand-by propman (as Josh Barraud)
Mark Billingham .... dressing propman
Chris Brough .... carpenter
Rob Brown .... construction manager
Lindsay Brunnock .... assistant art director
Ken Burnett .... dressing propman
John Campbell .... painter
Alison Cardy .... assistant production buyer
Alison Cardy .... assistant set decorator
Netty Chapman .... stand-by art director (as Jeanette Chapman)
David Chettleborough .... carpenter (as Dave Chettleborough)
Nigel Crafts .... carpenter
Cavin Dempsey .... carpenter (as Gavin Dempsey)
Paul Emerson .... chargehand dressing propman
Glyn Evans .... painter (as Glynn Evans)
James Fennessy .... Scenic painter
James Fennessy .... painter
Neil Griffiths .... prop dressing
David Haynes .... supervising painter (as Dave Haynes)
John Haynes .... painter
Tony Hoskins .... supervising carpenter
Guy Hunt .... carpenter
Martin Kane .... props
Andrew Kiff .... dressing propman
Chris Kitisakkul .... art department trainee
Simon Lewis .... carpenter
Katrina Mackay .... assistant production buyer (as Katrina Dunn)
Katrina Mackay .... assistant set decorator (as Katrina Dunn)
Steve Marquiss .... painter
Georgina Millett .... art department assistant
Graham Mitchell .... carpenter
Simon Morrissey .... property storeman
Paul Oakman .... stagehand
Nick Pearce .... stand-by painter
Neil Robertson .... stagehand
Russell Sargent .... carpenter (as Russ Sargent)
Tony Statham .... signs
Leigh Thurbon .... chargehand carpenter (as Leigh Thurson)
Sophie Tyler .... production buyer
Chris Ulusele .... stand-by propman
Tom Walker .... carpenter
Stuart Watson .... construction manager
Alex Wells .... carpenter
David Wells .... stand-by carpenter
Chris White .... carpenter
Dennis Wiseman .... property master
Lee Wiseman .... dressing propman
 
Sound Department
Ulrika Akander .... dialogue editor
Bryan Arenas .... sound consultant: Dolby
David A. Arnold .... dialogue editor (as David Arnold)
James Bennett .... adr recordist
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist: Los Angeles
Eddie Bydalek .... sound recordist
Tony Dawe .... production sound mixer
Christopher Flick .... supervising foley editor
Cameron Frankley .... supervising sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Kimberly Harris .... supervising sound editor
Jason W. Jennings .... sound effects editor (as Jay Jennings)
Ryan Juggler .... sound effects editor (as Ryan B. Juggler)
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor
Ai-Ling Lee .... sound effects editor
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
Jon Michaels .... first assistant sound editor
Michael Miller .... adr mixer: Los Angeles
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
James Moriana .... foley artist
Jamie Roden .... adr mixer: London
Paul Schwartz .... sound maintenance
Gary L.G. Simpson .... sound re-recording engineer (as Gary Simpson)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Denise Yarde .... sound assistant
Robert Edwards .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Iain Jamieson .... assistant adr recordist (uncredited)
Kevin Konarzewski .... walla recordist (uncredited)
Danny Sheehan .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Kevin Warendorp .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects supervisor
James Davis III .... special effects senior technician
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects senior technician
Mark Holt .... special effects
David Johns .... snow effects technician
John Mason .... snow effects technician
Martin 'Marty' McLaughlin .... senior snow effects technician
Delroy Reid .... snow effects technician (as Del Reid)
David 'Pinkie' Thomas .... snow effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Bogen .... compositor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Kiley Bond .... compositor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Maureen Healy .... compositor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Jeff Ervin .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Herbert .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Clark .... camera operator
Kathryn Cox .... trainee video assist operator
Pat Cronin .... stand-by rigger
David Cross .... key grip
Lee Eldred .... best boy
John Evans .... focus puller
Toby Flesher .... electrician
Aaron Keating .... electrician
Giles Keyte .... still photographer
Larry Knox .... generator operator
Campbell McIntosh .... gaffer
Dean Morris .... grip
Michael Seymour .... stand-by rigger
Simon Baker .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Simon Baker .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ashley Bond .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Chris Clarke .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Jason Coop .... daily second assistant camera (uncredited)
Laurence Edwards .... crane technician (uncredited)
Tim Morris .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Barney Piercy .... daily first assistant camera (uncredited)
Rupert Power .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Phil Reader .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Andy Thomson .... crane technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lesley Gogarty .... extras casting: Casting Network Limited
Stephen Moore .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Collins .... wardrobe assistant
Rebecca Elson .... wardrobe department trainee
Saga Widen .... assistant costume designer
Tamar Zaig .... wardrobe supervisor
Alison Beard .... additional costume assistant (uncredited)
Camille Benda .... daily costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Monica Anderson .... first assistant editor
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Staci Pontius .... assistant editor
Catriona Richardson .... first assistant editor
Frances P. Valliere .... post-production coordinator
Siobhan Boyes .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Steve Porter .... digital film colorist (uncredited)
Jason Wheeler .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Deva Anderson .... music supervisor
Joel Iwataki .... music score mixer
Joel Iwataki .... music score recordist
Blake Neely .... score producer
Elizabeth Neely .... music studio manager
Delphine Robertson .... music supervisor
Michael D. Simon .... scoring assistant
Tom Trafalski .... music editor
Stuart Michael Thomas .... music consultant (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Terry Bleasdale .... unit driver
Ben Dillon .... picture car supervisor
Gwyn Ethall .... driver: minibus
George Green .... driver: prop stand-by
Mike Harris .... driver: location facility
Colin Kiddell .... unit driver
Steve Meek .... driver: camera car (as Steve Meeks)
Gavin Mullins .... driver: minibus
Richard Ong .... driver: location facility
Cliff Penwright .... driver: construction stand-by
Duncan Prentis .... driver: location facility
Steve Pyke .... driver: wardrobe truck (as Steve Pike)
Eddie Rodmell .... driver: props runaround
Albert Smith .... driver: location facility
David Speirs .... unit driver
George Andrews .... unit driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Matthew Bovington .... accounting assistant
Matthew Bovington .... cashier
Chorley Bunce .... caterer
Helen Chapman .... floor runner
Tara B. Cook .... production associate
Lindsay Dawson .... legal services: Harbottle & Lewis
Allison Diamond .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Sophie Easton .... office assistant
Giles Edleston .... location manager
Jake Edmonds .... health and safety advisor (as Jake Edmunds)
Tim Elliott .... assistant: Mr. Vaughan
Pablo Ferro .... title designer
Charlie Goldberg .... legal services: Harbottle & Lewis
John David Gunkle .... location assistant
Tory Haljun .... assistant: Mr. Goetzman
Tarn Harper .... accountant: post-production, Owen & De Salvo Co.
James Hobson .... floor runner
Deborah Leakey .... first assistant accountant
Sarah Lee .... location scout
Milly Leigh .... assistant: Mr. Mendes
Ben Maloney .... security
John Maloney .... security head
Hollie Moreton .... assistant production coordinator
Jack Murphy .... choreographer
Simon Nixon .... assistant location manager
Nick Pearson .... unit medic
Jeremy Pelzer .... studio director ealing studios
Sooki Raphael .... assistant: Mr. Hanks
Julie Shimer .... assistant: Mr. Goetzman
Miura Smith .... production associate (as Miura Kite)
Richard Smith .... office assistant
Robert Storer .... legal services: Harbottle & Lewis
Katharine Tidy .... home economist
Angela Wharton .... script supervisor (as Angela Noakes Wharton)
Betty Williams .... production accountant
Jo Cameron Brown .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Leah Chalk .... health and safety (uncredited)
Helen Chapman .... utility stand-in (uncredited)
Rebecca Thornell .... clearance (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Bamber Gascoigne .... thanks
Scott Pascucci .... thanks
Robert Smith .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and a scene of drug use
Runtime:
92 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Some of the cast appeared in the revived series of "Doctor Who".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The quiz teams are shown answering questions in 2 picture rounds, but in 1985 there was only 1 picture round and 1 music round in each episode of University Challenge. The 2 picture round format is a recent innovation.See more »
Quotes:
Brian Jackson:[trying to talk to Rebecca at a political rally] Could we go somewhere... less angry?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ever Fallen in LoveSee more »

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56 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Sweet, moving, emotional winner, 21 September 2006
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended the world premiere of "Starter for Ten" at the Toronto International Film Festival. First things first. Just as director Tom Vaughan did in introducing the film, let's get the explanation of the title out of the way. The plot centers around a group of university students competing on "University Challenge," a popular UK quiz show in which the host begins by announcing, "Starter for Ten..." The American equivalent would be, "I'll take Famous Armadillos for 20, Alex." Now that we're set in place, let's get set in time.

This is a period piece -- 1985, to be exact. And make no mistake about it -- the filmmakers went all out to recreate the mid-80's -- sets, costumes, hair and, most importantly (for this writer, anyway) the music. And oh, what great songs. That had me from the word "go." Finally, we need a protagonist. One who is captivating enough to command 90 minutes of our time. And this is, perhaps, the crowning achievement of this film. His name is James McAvoy, and he had no less than three films screening in Toronto this year. Talk about prolific. Though a bit older than the character Brian Jackson, he's convincing as a teenager off to discover himself and of what he is capable, in school, life, and affairs of the heart. He wins us over because he commands the screen and the script, and has the eyes of innocence and vulnerability with which we can all identify. He is everyman -- every boy/man -- and no doubt we see our own coming-of-age through his eyes. Throw all those elements together with a compelling love story and you have a formula for success. I asked McAvoy after the screening what his most difficult scene was. Without giving anything away, I'll just say that he becomes emotional at times, and quite convincingly. He told me that he had to keep reminding himself that it was Brian who was sad, not James. That's powerful stuff. This is a sweet, moving film which left me wanting more. I'll take "Starter for Ten," and I think you will, too.

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