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Director:
Writer:
Alexander Masters (biography)
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Release Date:
23 September 2007 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A writer (Cumberbatch) takes a backwards look at the life of his unlikely friend Stuart (Hardy), a homeless alcoholic who experienced a traumatic event in his childhood. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Moving See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Benedict Cumberbatch ... Alexander Masters

Tom Hardy ... Stuart Shorter
Nicola Duffett ... Judith
Claire-Louise Cordwell ... Karen
Edna Doré ... Gran

Candis Nergaard ... Sophie
Joanna Maude ... Ruth
Trevor Sellers ... John
Barbara Barnes ... Wintercomfort Secretary
Hugh Armstrong ... Old Drunk
George Anton ... Dangerous Ginger
Dominic Kemp ... Academic Man
Shenagh Govan ... Bookish Woman
Caroline Parker ... Deaf Jackie
Richard Cant ... Dainty Man

Terry Bird ... Police Officer A
Andrew Hallett ... Police Officer B
Laurence Hobbs ... Smithy
Giles Taylor ... Reuben
David Chittenden ... James

Felicity Dean ... Dido

Dominic Coleman ... Attacking Man
Sagar Arya ... Solicitor

Lorna Bennett ... Anne Campbell's PA
Sandra Maitland ... Dr. Campbell MP

Timothy Carlton ... Judge Howarth
Alexandra Mathie ... Labour Councillor
Adam Payne ... Stuart Aged - 7-12
Franco Lombardi ... Johnny - Aged 10 / 11
George Nolan ... Bobby - Aged 10 / 11
Daniel McMillan ... Gavvy - Aged 14
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marston Bloom ... Drew

Elizabeth Boag ... Teacher
Morne Botes ... Pissing Couple
Steven Hopwood ... Amputee
Jamie Kenna ... PC jones

Steve King ... James Gibbons
Joe Lloyd ... White Van Man
Richard Pettyfer ... Head prison officer

Adam Shaw ... Sloucher
Chris Wilson ... Police Officer

Directed by
David Attwood 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alexander Masters  biography

Produced by
Tara B. Cook .... executive producer
Julie Gardner .... executive producer: BBC
Pippa Harris .... producer
Sam Mendes .... executive producer
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Rob Lane  (as Robert Lane)
 
Cinematography by
Ulf Brantås 
 
Film Editing by
Pia Di Ciaula 
St. John O'Rorke 
 
Casting by
Andy Pryor 
 
Production Design by
Donal Woods 
 
Art Direction by
Andrea Coathupe 
 
Costume Design by
Justine Luxton 
 
Makeup Department
Jessica Brooks .... hair stylist
Jessica Brooks .... makeup artist
Karen Hartley .... makeup designer (as Karen Hartley-Thomas)
Rosie Octon .... makeup trainee (as Rose Octon)
 
Production Management
Sharon McGuinness .... unit manager
Mark L. Mitchell .... post production executive
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Booth .... first assistant director
Ben Harrison .... second assistant director
Charlie Reed .... third assistant director
George Taylor .... floor assistant director
 
Art Department
Douglas Glen .... stand-by props
Charlie Johnson .... property master
Elaine Jones .... art department assistant
David Morris .... production buyer
Paddy Paddison .... stand-by art director
 
Sound Department
Clive Derbyshire .... sound mixer
Alex Ellerington .... dialogue editor
Iain Eyre .... adr editor
Steve Little .... additional adr editor
Peter Margrave .... sound maintenance
Andre Schmidt .... dialogue editor
Alexandros Sidiropoulos .... adr recordist
Lee Walpole .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Perry Brahan .... special effects assistant
James Davis III .... special effects senior technician
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects technician
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Peter Kersey .... special effects
 
Stunts
Lloyd Bass .... stunt performer
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt coordinator
Levan Doran .... stunt performer
Andy Merchant .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurence Cendrowicz .... still photographer
Rachel Clark .... camera trainee
Adam Gillham .... camera operator: yellow camera
Mark Holtermann .... clapper loader
Ronan Murphy .... grip
Steve O'Reilly .... electrician
Mike Pollard .... gaffer
Alessandra Sangermano .... additional clapper loader
David Smith .... camera truck driver
Andrew Wiggins .... focus puller
 
Animation Department
Timothy Bird .... animation director
Sam Buntrock .... animation director
 
Casting Department
Andy Brierley .... casting assistant
Kirsty Robertson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlotte Sewell .... costume supervisor
Victoria Taylor .... costume assistant
Ann Tutt .... wardrobe
Michael Weldon .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Scott Hinchcliffe .... on-line editor
Cecile Jambon .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music consultant
Emma Leslie .... music supervisor
Steve Parr .... music recordist
 
Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... unit driver
Pete Newman .... unit driver: dalies
Darren Leen .... driver: Tom Hardy (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer
Jenny Brassett .... production coordinator
Dylan Davies .... unit medic
Mark Ellis .... location assistant
Shawn Fleming .... assistant accountant
Nick Fulton .... location scout
Louisa Grant .... location scout
Stefan Kaday .... production runner
Milly Leigh .... assistant to producer
Richard May .... location manager
Hollie Moreton .... assistant coordinator
Jon Rowe .... runner
Richard Smith .... researcher
Heather Storr .... script supervisor
Nathan Woods .... production accountant
David Nemar .... action cars (uncredited)
 

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UK:90 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Post Office featured in 1979 and 1993 scenes is the former Post Office (now an empty shop) at Fen Ditton, near Cambridge.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Alexander lets Stuart into his house for the first time (about 7-8 minutes into the film) the shadow of the camera falls on the door as he closes it.See more »
Quotes:
Stuart Shorter:Alexander, do you want to stay for tea? My favorite: Convict Currey. We used to make in jail.See more »

FAQ

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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Moving, 24 September 2007
Author: pauljones-1 from United Kingdom

I watched this movie expecting something formulaic and contrived, the trailers seemed to bait you using voyeuristic clips with dramatic lighting and contrasting images, but it turns out this is a true story and the writer cleverly manages to play with your feelings to get you to dislike the main character. I fell into this trap and actually found Stuart really annoying to begin with but by the end of this movie his life story unravels and you realise how easy it is to judge people on face value. It's a remarkable and sad story that has elements we must all connect with, either through guilt or empathy, I was absorbed. Alexander Masters manages to show us a real life story that mocks all the the trivial, money-spinning, pathetic and ridiculous books that publishers churn out from the likes of tit-models like Jordan or Robbie Williams.

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