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In the late 1930s Nella Last,a housewife aged 49,living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English... See more » | Full synopsis »
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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 »
[on VJ Night, Nella is standing at the living-room window watching the victory fireworks]
Nella Last:Must have come through on the last news at quarter to twelve. Come and see! There's huge rockets going up from the ships in the dock. Come and see!
Daddy - Will Last:[miserably] They woke me up.
Nella Last:So that's peace, then.
Daddy - Will Last:Well, it's not *my* idea of peace, this damn racket. Hope it's not going to go on all night.
Nella Last:Shall we go out? Have a see, have a drive around?
Daddy - Will Last:I can see drunken fools any time. I'm back to my bed. Will *you* go?
Nella Last:I might just have a look.
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Referenced in "Dear Diary: Episode #1.3" (2010)See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, 5 July 2009
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This superb film was made because of the remarkable personal qualities of the British television comedienne and comedy writer, Victoria Wood, who has always had her serious side as well, as she shows here. Wood wrote and starred in this film, which was brilliantly and sensitively directed by old pro Gavin Millar, one of British television's most famous drama directors. Victoria Wood has always enjoyed an enormous popularity with the public at large because she is so 'down to earth' and so 'real', and her quaint folksy approach to humour, drawing upon her northern roots, expressed sardonically in her northern accent, is dear to the hearts of the British in a way which no foreigner could ever understand. She has always refused to do anything about her appearance, and the public have lived through her stages of being too fat, then being less fat, along with her, as if she were a family member of everyone's. She would never allow a surgeon anywhere near her face. She is what she is, and 'you can take it or leave it'. Her excruciating honesty is much prized by everyone except the phonies and the pseuds. Here, she has chosen to dramatize the story of a shy, excessively meek and self-effacing, ordinary woman during the Second World War. The story is drawn from the extensive, poignant, and revealing diaries of this woman who lived in the north, and were submitted to Mass Observation over many years, and whose name was Nella Last. She was identified as 'Housewife, 49'. It is necessary to explain how these diaries came to be written. In 1937, a small group of writers and artists in London (several of whom I knew towards the end of their lives, namely Kathleen Raine, William Empson, and Julian Trevelyan), decided they were fed up with the inadequate press coverage of the public's true reactions to the abdication of King Edward VIII. They decided to set up their own amateur opinion-gathering project, and they called it the Mass Observation Movement. One of the three main driving forces behind this was the poet Charles Madge, whom I never knew, but Kathleeen Raine was his widow, and she used to talk to me a lot about Mass Observation, on which she had once worked indefatiguably herself, so I have some understanding of what those people thought they were doing. They solicited diaries from ordinary people, over 500 of them around the country, who supplied them on an unpaid and purely voluntary basis. One shy and thoroughly obscure person who did this was Nella Last. Her story grew and grew, and from her seemingly drab and ordinary life, a vast and moving drama grew, like a poppy appearing on a desolate battlefield. Victoria Wood has crafted an amazingly moving and fascinating film based upon this tale of someone who was not merely ordinary and obscure, but meek and retiring. Nella Last opened her heart, and recorded all the things which most of us would be too intimidated to relate, about who really did what to whom in her town, and how she and they felt about it. The result is an absolutely astounding revelation of just how interesting the lives of seemingly boring people can really be, when examined in depth and with compassion. This film is a testament to the rich and intensely-lived lives of the meek, the helpless, the repressed, and the oppressed. These are the people we pass in the street and don't notice. They have feelings too, they have their joys and their sorrows, but they keep them to themselves and suffer silently. Nella Last broke the rule of silence, the 'omerta' of the obscure, and she spoke out of the depths of her suffering heart about what it is like to be a nobody and to be treated as one. She also described her slow climb up towards a degree of self-confidence, her achievement against all the odds at doing something constructive for the War Effort, yes, she, Nella Last, the nobody. She ended up being, in her small way, a somebody. And that is her story, and it was so worth telling. And only somebody with the heart and the soul of a Victoria Wood could or would ever have dared to try. And the success is total. The performances of the other people in this incredible film are breath-taking in their honesty and heart-breaking in their intensity. David Threlfall is an actor many of us remember for his unforgettable portrayal on stage of Smike in Dickens's 'Nicholas Nickleby', a quarter of a century ago. Here, he portrays Wood's husband, a man so immobilised by the inability to express his feelings that it is perhaps the greatest classic film portrait ever achieved of a man frozen into silence, whose feelings are powerful surging currents, but whose lips are sealed, and only his pathetic, pleading eyes reveal anything at all. The women who play the many vivid supporting roles in the film are all so brilliant that one gasps. When the film is over, you feel you have left a group of friends whose personalities are seared into your memory. These are real people, this is a real film, this is a real story. Watch it and learn. It deserves to be shown in schools, to humanize some of the feral young who have no feelings and no compassion, and whose idea of life is to go around stabbing each other to death in the streets, as they do nearly every day in London now. Above all, this story of Nella Last is a study in loyalty, and of the ultimate true human values which she exemplified in her hidden life of obscurity, poverty, and invisibility to the world. What an achievement this is! And how proud Victoria Wood should be of what she and her inspired colleagues have done in making this film!

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