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Better Things -- As day dawns in the Cotswolds, a funeral is taking place that will have bitter repercussions in the community. Close by Rachel and Larry are reeling from a first love gone wrong. Meanwhile Mr Gladwin refuses to speak to Mrs Gladwin over past events.


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21 January 2009 (France) See more »
A group of young people grow up together in a small, rural community in the Cotswolds. | Add synopsis »
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Rachel McIntyre ... Gail Wilson
Emma Cooper ... Tess Baker
Liam McIlfatrick ... Rob
Che Corr ... David
Freddie Cunliffe ... Jon
Jane Foxhall ... Tess's Mum
Tara Ballard ... Sarah
Betty Bench ... Mrs. Gladwin
Frank Bench ... Mr. Gladwin
Patricia Loveland ... Nan Wilson
Byndley Hutt ... Mr. Wilson
Lillian Hutt ... Mrs. Wilson
Kurt Taylor ... Larry
Megan Palmer ... Rachel
Katie Samuels ... Julie

Michael Socha ... Mike
Mike Randle ... Joel
Kerry Rowe ... Dealer
Hilary Davies ... Therapist
Oscar Leveburg ... Doctor
Edward Pinner ... Shouting Teacher

Directed by
Duane Hopkins 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Duane Hopkins  writer

Produced by
Helge Albers .... co-producer
Peter Carlton .... executive producer
Alastair Clark .... co-producer (as Al Clark)
Chris Collins .... executive producer
Lizzie Francke .... executive producer
Samm Haillay .... producer
Alexander O'Neal .... co-producer
Rachel Robey .... producer
David Smith .... associate producer
Paul Trijbits .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dan Berridge 
Cinematography by
Lol Crawley 
Film Editing by
Chris Barwell  (as Christopher Barwell)
Production Design by
Jamie Leonard 
Art Direction by
Jane Levick 
Costume Design by
Mel O'Connor 
Makeup Department
Angie Mudge .... hair designer
Angie Mudge .... makeup designer
Production Management
Imogen Bell .... production manager
Katie Shahrokh .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Mindel .... third assistant director
Christian Rigg .... second assistant director
Nickie Sault .... first assistant director
Art Department
Lizzie Dixon .... art director: additonal photography
Sound Department
Tom Barrow .... sound mixer: second unit
Anthony Ferretti .... boom operator
Daniel Goganian .... foley recordist
Douglas MacDougall .... sound designer
Micheal MacKinnon .... foley artist
Micheal MacKinnon .... re-recording mixer
Patrick Owen .... sound recordist
Chris Sinclair .... dialogue editor
Chris Sinclair .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Dan Frye .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Simon Kilroe .... lead compositor: vfx
Lewis Saunders .... compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Allen .... rigging gaffer: additional photography
Pete Carrier .... best boy (as Peter Carrier)
Ben Gibb .... clapper loader
Andy McBrearty .... gaffer: additional photography
Paul McKay .... focus puller: additional photography
Mark Morley .... key grip
Ang Richards .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Christopher Ross .... director of photography: additional photography
Barry Squires .... assistant camera
John Watters .... focus puller
Lee Wooster .... lighting gaffer
Editorial Department
Christian Blood .... assistant editor
Andrew Dearnley .... digital film supervisor
Dave Hall .... digital intermediate technician
Matt James .... digital intermediate technician
Steve Knight .... digital intermediate technician
Colin Monie .... supervising editor
Des Murray .... on-line editor
Danielle Palmer .... assistant editor
Andy Richards .... senior digital intermediate technician
Gareth Spensley .... colorist
Gemma Townsend .... digital intermediate technician
Location Management
Dan Hodgett .... location services
Al Mackay .... assistant location manager (as Alastair Mackay)
Jonathan Wicks .... location manager
Other crew
Katie Bleakley .... trainee production coordinator
Livia Burton .... production coordinator
Luke Carey .... production coordinator: Abacus Film Fund
Leonard Crooks .... head of New Cinema Fund: UK Film Council
Julie Daly-Wallman .... script supervisor
San Davey .... script supervisor
Yvonne Eastmond .... production accountant
Andy Hodgson .... floor runner
Rachel James .... post-production accountant
Himesh Kar .... senior executive
Eve Gabereau .... special thanks

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Grin and bear it - but worth it, 7 December 2011
Author: thecatcanwait from United Kingdom

Three times i've seen this without being able to write about it. Watching it feels as painful as the pain its trying to show.

"It hurts when we love somebody. Because loving is a painful thing. That is its nature. Our loving is hurting us" reads dumpy adolescent Gail (what is the book? My guess is R D Laing)

"Love hurts" is the over-riding (sometimes overbearing) theme of the film. The thematic treatment supplants any kind of plot or through-run story.

Therefore condense drama to concentrate emotion: still the life, compose the frame, minimalise the dialogue. No panning or tracking or moving off with camera. Stay still. Be here. With this that hurts. The effect is to feel oppressively overloaded on monochromal, monotonal, misery.

This is all stylistically engaging. Racing in the car fast down a dark country lane; all the sound is cut except for the 2 boys talking – like being immersed inside the bubble of them, cut off from the outside, focused right in to the heart of their isolation.

Better Things is relentlessly, almost - courageously - grim. A lot of very miserable face going on. Faces without smiles, without warmth, lacking, unwarmed by love. Faces of lads are all so null and void its hard to distinguish one from the other.

All is shadow and blue inertia, with very little light to provide contrast.

This isn't so much about the perils of doing drugs. It's about how difficult it is to love when love feels out of reach. Deprived of love, life disappears, becomes denuded – gets gloomily unbearable. Seems to be the message.

Disturbingly, the setting isn't inner-city London, Manchester – but the least place you'd expect to see urban anomie and alienation, – the supposedly "lovely" Costwolds.

I'll be saving this film. Doubt I'll want to watch it another 3 times though.

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