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23 September 2007 (UK) See more »
A writer takes a backwards look at the life of his unlikely friend Stuart, a homeless alcoholic who experienced a traumatic event in his childhood. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Cressida Cooper ... Sloucher's Girlfriend
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 .... senior sfx technician
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 associate
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
Location Management
Mark Ellis .... location assistant
Nick Fulton .... location scout
Louisa Grant .... location scout
Richard May .... location manager
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
Shawn Fleming .... assistant accountant
Stefan Kaday .... production runner
Milly Leigh .... assistant to producer
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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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Stuart Shorter:Alexander, do you want to stay for tea? My favorite: Convict Currey. We used to make in jail.See more »


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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Great film!!! Watch it!!!, 29 October 2008
Author: lester diamond from United Kingdom

This is the first time I've commented on IMDb but this film deserves to be seen by more people so I thought I'd give it another positive review. To begin with I thought Tom Hardy, who played Stuart, turned in an excellent performance and I'm sure we'll see plenty more from him in the future. Despite being a knife-wielding, psychopathic, booze hound even from the beginning, I felt empathy for his character, its hard not to. All of the acting is as good as the script allows but Hardys performance just shines through. However its really the story, told backwards, thats the reason this is such a enchanting film. Having read the book a couple of days ago i can also add this film, refreshingly, is very true to, and just as good as, the book. I've no idea if it was on TV or has been released on DVD, but if you get the chance watch this film, its thought provoking, heart wrenching, enthralling, funny, stomach churning, touching and it will be an eye opener to a lot of people.


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