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Exam -- Synopsis:  :  The primary school on this very small island, has only five students of different grades in one classroom, but each year, the students finish in first place in the yearly exams.
Exam -- Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, where an armed guard keeps watch, they are given 80 minutes to answer one simple question. [edit]
Exam -- Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless
room, where an armed guard keeps watch, they are given 80 minutes to answer one simple question.


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17 June 2010 (Hong Kong) See more »
80 minutes - 8 candidates - 1 answer - no question See more »
The final eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test with one question. It seems simple yet confusing that soon, tensions begin to unravel. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Adar Beck ... Dark

Gemma Chan ... Chinese Girl

Nathalie Cox ... Blonde

John Lloyd Fillingham ... Deaf

Chukwudi Iwuji ... Black (as Chuk Iwuji)

Pollyanna McIntosh ... Brunette

Luke Mably ... White

Jimi Mistry ... Brown

Colin Salmon ... The Invigilator
Chris Carey ... The Guard

Directed by
Stuart Hazeldine 
Writing credits
Stuart Hazeldine (written by)

Simon Garrity (story) &
Stuart Hazeldine (story)

Produced by
Stuart Hazeldine .... producer
Chris Jones .... associate producer
Gareth Unwin .... line producer
Gareth Unwin .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen Barton 
Cinematography by
Tim Wooster 
Film Editing by
Mark Talbot-Butler 
Casting by
Emma Style 
Production Design by
Patrick Bill 
Art Direction by
Jason Lee Etienne  (as Jason Etienne)
Costume Design by
Rebecca Gore 
Makeup Department
Rosie Broad .... assistant hair stylist
Rosie Broad .... assistant makeup artist
Nicola Burt .... assistant hair stylist (as Nicola 'Nikki' Burt)
Nicola Burt .... assistant makeup artist (as Nicola 'Nikki' Burt)
Gabriela Byrne .... assistant hair stylist
Gabriela Byrne .... assistant makeup artist
Tahira Herold .... hair designer
Tahira Herold .... makeup designer
Monica MacDonald .... hair stylist
Monica MacDonald .... makeup artist
Pascale Recher .... assistant hair stylist
Pascale Recher .... assistant makeup artist
Sophia Talbot .... assistant hair stylist
Sophia Talbot .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Sara Janasz .... post-production supervisor
Hannah Judah .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miles Blayden-Ryall .... third assistant director
Jordan Kotras .... second assistant director
Gareth Unwin .... first assistant director
Art Department
Nick Ainsworth .... pre-visualization
Darren Flindall .... set builder (as Darren Findall)
Oliver Goss .... set builder (as Oli Goss)
Ian Hammond .... construction manager
Diogenis Kyriadis .... construction assistant (as Diogenis Kyriandis)
Alex Macaulay .... stand-by construction
Tony Morris .... carpenter
John Price .... carpenter
Rebecca Rainford .... art department assistant (as Beck Rainford)
Jacques Raymond .... carpenter
Alice Ridley .... art department assistant
Peter Santi .... set builder
Rebecca Rainford .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... foley editor: Clarity Post
Tim Alban .... foley recordist: Clarity Post
Ronald Bailey .... sound mixer
Christian Bourne .... boom operator
Adam Davidson .... adr recordist: Clarity Post
Jack Gillies .... supervising sound editor: Clarity Post
Ishmael Harris .... boom operator
Jethro Hegarty .... boom operator (as Jethro Hegarthy)
James Hynes .... boom operator
George Kidson .... sound mixer
Mathew Knights .... adr recordist: Clarity Post (as Matt Knights)
Chris Treble .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Sturmer .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Laurence Harvey .... physical special effects (as Lawrence Harvey)
Scott Peters .... special effects supervisor
Scott Peters .... physical special effects
Alex Macaulay .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Stuart Arrowsmith .... digital matte artist
Tim Baxter .... visual effects producer: Fugitive Studios
Janice Body .... digital cleanup: Deluxe Digital London (as Jan Body)
Soren Bonke .... digital artist: Fugitive Studios
Kate Chadderton .... stills photographer
Simon Dowling .... main titles
Helen Feasey .... visual effects concept artist
Jason Griffin .... main titles
John G. Lashley .... digital artist: Fugitive Studios
Stuart Pitcher .... lead digital artist: Fugitive Studios
Bob Roach .... scanner: Deluxe Digital London
Russ Wharton .... visual effects supervisor
Sonny Wharton .... digital paint/rotoscope artist
Paul Kulik .... utility stunts
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Attwell .... camera operator: "b" camera
John Attwell .... director of photography: second unit
Chris Bailey .... practical electrician (as Christopher Bailey)
Francisco Bayona .... rushes runner (as Francisco 'Paco' Bayona)
Francisco Bayona .... video playback operator (as Francisco 'Paco' Bayona)
Sean Connor .... camera operator: "a" camera
Richard Copeman .... focus puller: "b" camera
Andy Edridge .... grip: "b" camera
Rob Gilmour .... additional clapper loader
Simon Heck .... focus puller: "a" camera
Kate Higgs .... additional focus puller: "b" camera
Tim Hyson .... clapper loader: "a" camera
Wayne King .... gaffer
Sally Low .... additional focus puller (as Sally Lowe)
Mark Nutkins .... additional focus puller: "b" camera
James Ray .... grip: "a" camera
Ang Richards .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Adam Samuelson .... crane operator
Hilda Sealy .... additional focus puller: "a" camera
Basil Smith .... focus puller: "a" camera
Fran Weston .... additional focus puller: "a" camera
Victoria Hanna .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Katharine Higgs .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Corinne Bibby .... costume supervisor
Silvia Fantini .... junior costume assistant
Jules Goldsmith .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Zishaan Ajmal .... data operator: Deluxe Digital London
Marcus Alexander .... digital intermediate producer: Deluxe Digital London
Bradley Bayliss .... data operator: Deluxe Digital London
Dales Bulleid .... data operator: Deluxe Digital London
Jonathan Dixon .... post-production staff: Deluxe Digital London
Simon 'Spike' Duke .... videotape supervisor: Deluxe Digital London
Élodie Ichter .... digital intermediate editor: Deluxe Digital
Adam Inglis .... colorist: Deluxe Digital London
Donna Smith .... post-production staff: Deluxe Digital London
Tanya Talbot-Butler .... first assistant editor (as Tanya Harrison)
Faye Walkington .... data operator: Deluxe Digital London
Nuala Sheridan .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Colette Barber .... studio manager
Peter Cobbin .... score mixer
Matthew Cracknell .... composer: additional music
Lewis Jones .... scoring assistant
Kevin Blumenfeld .... additional music programmer (uncredited)
Harry Gregson-Williams .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
James S. Levine .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Tejinder Bansal .... floor runner
Miles Blayden-Ryall .... floor runner
Heather Cadden .... floor runner
Daniela Campos Little .... floor runner (as Daniela Campos-Little)
Jo Jo Ellison .... assistant to producer (as Jojo Ellison)
Tim Gardner .... production accountant: Hazeldine Films
Harry Hayes .... floor runner
Pippa Higgins .... production coordinator
Marzenna Hiles .... script supervisor
Libby Hill .... production coordinator
Lisa Jones .... production accountant: Bedlam Productions
Henry Keep .... floor runner
Rowena Ladbury .... script supervisor
Martina O'Boyle .... daily production coordinator
Devan Ravat .... floor runner
Sarah Simmons .... dialogue coach
Sasha Stefanova .... making-of director
Chris Thain .... floor runner
Sarah Townsend .... head of marketing
Rob Ward .... floor runner
Toby Williams-Ellis .... floor runner
Nigel Barker .... the producers wish to thank
Sacha Bennett .... the producers and director wish to thank
Rick Genow .... the producers wish to thank
Anne Pamphillon .... special thanks
Alissa Phillips .... the producers and director wish to thank
Lucinda Prain .... the producers and director wish to thank
Daniel Shepherd .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Dan Shepherd)
Jonathan Taylor .... special thanks
Ian Truitner .... the producers and director wish to thank

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101 min
Color | Black and White (flashbacks)
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Continuity: (at around 46 mins) When black says lights off for the first time, the lights are switched off. Before going off the lights are red and When brown says lights on the lights are on again but they are blue this time.See more »
[first lines]
Brunette:I want this. I do. I want it.
Black:[grasping his pendant cross] I can do all things. *All* things.
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How does it end? Does anyone "win"?
Who gets disqualified and why?
What if someone asked a question when the Invigilator asked if there were any questions?
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92 out of 141 people found the following review useful.
exciting, topical thriller, 29 July 2009
Author: sparkytb from United Kingdom

I had the pleasure of seeing this pic at the recent Edinburgh Film Festival and it is certainly not The Apprentice. More like 12 Angry Men meets Cube.

Photographed in the impressive cinemascope screen shape and very sharply edited, the director takes us on a psychological journey where the characters, who are at first cagey, gradually open up to reveal their true identities. This manifests itself in various ways as the candidates gradually step up to bat and take each other on in a variety of ways. Some good, some bad, some horrific - but always interesting.

Perhaps a tad talky in the centre section but it builds to an exciting and clever climax that wields a distinct note of hope and positivity.

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This has to be a film record for the least amount of actors.... matt_5692
What if someone answers the question before the exam starts? ramcamcole
So what is the whole point of this movie? noonoolala
Inconsistency/plot hole (spoilers, duh) mollekake
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