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Victoria Wood (written by)
Nella Last (diaries)
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Release Date:
10 December 2006 (UK) See more »
In the late 1930s Nella Last,a housewife aged 49,living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English... See more » | Full synopsis »
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Victoria Wood ... Nella Last

David Threlfall ... Daddy (Will Last)

Christopher Harper ... Cliff Last

Ben Crompton ... Arthur Last

Lorraine Ashbourne ... Dot
Sally Bankes ... Mrs Whittaker

Stephanie Cole ... Mrs Waite
Marcia Warren ... Mrs Lord

Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Mrs Lynch
Wendy Nottingham ... Miss Finch
Jane Lowe ... Mrs Higham

Dorothy Atkinson ... Mrs Mac
Sian Brooke ... Evelyn Edwards (as Siân Brooke)
Laura Power ... Madeleine Whittaker

Jason Watkins ... Dr Roger Brierley

Daisy Haggard ... Jill

Clare Wille ... Pru

Alan Cox ... Dennis
Hugh Sachs ... Godfrey
Georgie Glen ... Mrs Hockey

Samuel Roukin ... Michael Hockey
Duncan Barton ... Robbie Kilgour
Olwen May ... Mrs Brierley
Catherine Skinner ... Edith
Sue Wallace ... Woman at WVS
Norman Mills ... Mr Whittaker
Joseph Kennedy ... James Wenchurch

Iain McKee ... Tom
Richard Glaves ... Alan
Jemma Drake ... Girl in Shop
Danny Tennant ... Battery Boy

Directed by
Gavin Millar 
Writing credits
Victoria Wood (written by)

Nella Last (diaries)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Matthew Hamilton .... associate producer
Ian Luxford .... post production producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
Piers Wenger .... producer
Victoria Wood .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Lunn 
Cinematography by
Cinders Forshaw (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Matthew Newman 
Casting by
Rachel Freck 
Production Design by
Rob Harris 
Art Direction by
Jo Riddell 
Set Decoration by
Shelly Pond 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Holdich 
Makeup Department
Carol Cooper .... makeup designer
Veronica Lewis .... makeup artist
Sian Miller .... hair supervisor (as Sian Turner)
Sian Miller .... makeup supervisor (as Sian Turner)
Caroline Greenough .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Gail Kennett .... executive in charge of production
Kerry Robinson .... unit manager
Farley Thomson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Will Cummins .... third assistant director
Mark Fenn .... first assistant director
Louise Townsend .... second assistant director
Art Department
Maudie Andrews .... art department assistant
Robert Channon .... scenic painter
Rachael Fitzgerald .... stand-by art director
Ged Henshaw .... stand-by props
Vincent Henshaw .... stand-by props
Barry Tracey .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Wayne Brooks .... sound effects editor
Phil Cape .... sound assistant
Arran Mahoney .... foley editor
Billy Mahoney .... dubbing mixer
Darren McQuade .... dubbing editor
Patrick Oldacre .... sound maintenance
John Pearson .... sound recordist
Filipa Principe .... foley editor
Visual Effects by
Tanvir Hanif .... digital effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
David Bourke .... best boy
Alice Canty .... clapper loader
Tom Gates .... lighting gaffer
Richard Griffiths .... grip (as Rick Griffiths)
Nathan Mann .... focus puller
Mike Miller .... camera operator
Paul Hanning .... focus puller (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jane Anderson .... casting assistant
Mohsan Qureshi .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Judge .... costume supervisor
Sam Scragg .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colorist
Laura Evans .... assistant editor
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Ulrike Münch .... assistant editor (as Ulrike Munch)
Music Department
Paul Golding .... music score engineering
Transportation Department
Ed Lee .... facilities driver
Other crew
Gary Barnes .... location manager
Jane Burrows .... script supervisor
Jemma Carlton .... researcher
Carly Ferguson .... floor runner
Peter Gray .... picture publicist
Claire Harrison .... assistant accountant
Elaine Harrison .... production accountant
Faiza Hosenie .... production coordinator
Sarah Urban .... production runner
Lisa Vanoli .... press officer
Tracey Waller .... title designer

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Factual errors: The second time Nella Last gets off the bus at the Town Hall, the Forum 28 Theatre is visible on the top window of the bus. That is where Forum is situated, but it was not built until between the 60's and 70's.See more »
Nella Last:[voiceover] ... There is, of course, my sister-in-law's rather peculiar whirlwind engagement.
Dot:Still can't believe it. Went to the Isle of Man - got myself a man!
Mrs Whittaker:Good job you didn't go to the Isle of Dogs!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Dear Diary: Episode #1.3" (2010)See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Insight Into A Lost Generation, 7 November 2008
Author: Neil Turner from Annapolis, Maryland

Victoria Wood is a famous British comic actress who has surely shown that she also has a superior for drama - both writing and acting - in this excellent made for television film based upon a real person. During World War II in England, housewife, Nella Last's experiences were recorded by the Mass-Observation organization founded in 1937 to record the daily experiences of British citizens for social research.

The film starts with Nella as being almost complete frustrated with her role as housewife. She is a middle-aged woman who has devoted her entire self to the care of her husband and their two sons. The war has just started, and her sons are leaving to serve in duties other than combat.

Nella's only connection with anything creative is her younger son. He is the one who encourages his mother to go beyond the confines of the house in order to seek fulfillment. Nella begins to blossom when she volunteers for the Women's Voluntary Service and starts to submit her observances of daily occurrences to Mass-Observation.

Over the objections of her husband - a joiner - Nella volunteers for the WVS. There she must face the insults of the women in charge for she is merely the wife of a laborer whereas they are wives of members of higher classes. With spunk and wit, Nella forges ahead and becomes an invaluable member of the organization.

At home, Nella receives almost no support from her husband - a man not able to express emotion. Because of this weakness, he appears to be somewhat of a villain, but there are a few touching scenes in the screenplay where the viewer is able to see past his hard surface to a man who genuinely loves his wife.

Nella's son, Cliff, may be the most complex character in the film. Clifford Last who eventually entered battle was wounded and after the war, moved to Australia where he became a well-known sculptor.

This is a fine film that gives insight into the lives of women of Nella's generation and invites the viewer into an "everyday family" that is certainly far from that.

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