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Skeletons -- Davis and Bennett wander in and out of stranger's lives performing 'The Procedure'. However, when the duo arrive at a remote family home, they face a challenge unlike anything they've seen before.


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Two exorcists literally remove the skeletons from the cupboards from people's homes. Some fairly embarrassing secrets are revealed along the way. A case where the skeletons have hidden themselves turns the lives of all those involved. | Add synopsis »
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A comic curio that is weirdly engaging throughout – so why did I not like it more? See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order)
Ed Gaughan ... Davis

Andrew Buckley ... Bennett

Tuppence Middleton ... Rebecca

Paprika Steen ... Jane

Jason Isaacs ... The Colonel
Josef Whitfield ... Jojo
Paul Dallison ... Marcus
Keith Lancaster ... The Father
Kirsty Williams ... The Mother
Jasper Williams ... Young Davis
Tanya Myers ... Hermione
Colin Wells ... Olly
Will Adamsdale ... Simon
Laura Freeman ... Annabel
Gillian Goodman ... Bennett's Mum
Mark Devenport ... Gabrielle
Rebecca Jackson ... Marcus's Wife
Charlie Binns ... Young Woman
Holly Mai Leighton ... Young Rebecca (as Holly-Mai Leighton)
Njaal Bendixen ... Tango Teacher (as NjOEl Bendixen)
Colin Batchford ... Uncle Maky
Charlotte Whitfield ... Marcus's Child
Wilf Dallison ... Marcus's Child

Directed by
Nick Whitfield 
Writing credits
Nick Whitfield (written by)

Produced by
Suzanne Alizart .... executive producer
Robbie Allen .... executive producer
Wendy Bevan-Mogg .... line producer
Tracy Brimm .... producer
Kate Myers .... producer
Rachel Robey .... associate producer
Anna Seifert-Speck .... executive producer
Paul Welsh .... producer
Original Music by
Simon Whitfield 
Cinematography by
Zac Nicholson 
Film Editing by
Rachel Tunnard 
Casting by
Manuel Puro 
Production Design by
James Lapsley 
Art Direction by
Ruth Parker 
Set Decoration by
Lindsay Lees 
Costume Design by
Alison McLaughlin 
Makeup Department
Susanna Peretz .... hair and make-up designer
Susanna Peretz .... key hair stylist
Susanna Peretz .... makeup designer
Production Management
Kayleigh Cruickshank .... unit manager
Gisela Evert .... post-production supervisor
Louise Knight .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anna Griffin .... third assistant director
Simon Hedges .... first assistant director
Tracey Warren .... second assistant director
Art Department
Joe Barcham .... graphic artist
Hannah Boyton .... scenic artist
Alex Giles .... construction coordinator
Matt Perrin .... storyboard artist
Matt Wells .... standby art director
Sound Department
Per Boström .... sound re-recording mixer
Naomi Dandridge .... adr editor
Tom Deane .... adr mixer
Linda Forsén .... dialogue editor
Anthony Hurst .... boom operator
Christer Melén .... sound effects editor
Keith Silva .... sound recordist
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator
Joakim Sundström .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Paddy Eason .... visual effects: Nvizible
Hugh Macdonald .... visual effects: Nvizible
Dylan Owen .... visual effects: Nvizible
Sally Spencer .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
David Ashby .... key grip
Alex Brown .... best boy electric
Peter Byrne .... first assistant camera
Abigail Catto .... second assistant camera
Barney Davis .... Steadicam operator
Jermaine Edwards .... camera trainee
Barnaby Sweet .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth L. Johnson .... costume daily
Editorial Department
Tom Balkwill .... colorist
Transportation Department
Ben Jacques .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Jennine Baker .... production accountant
Vicky Chapman .... location manager
Rosie Crerar .... assistant to producer
Phillip Dickson .... epk camera operator (as Phil Dickson-Earle)
Dylan Harvey .... epk director
Duncan McKenzie .... production assistant
Lesley Pinder .... script supervisor
David Ruddock .... assistant accountant
Jack Suckling .... unit manager
Mary Kearns .... special thanks
Wally Whitfield .... in memory of: 1929-2007

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Bennett:You heard what William said, he ended up going Bulgarian.
Davis:I ain't gonna go Bulgarian
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A comic curio that is weirdly engaging throughout – so why did I not like it more?, 20 May 2011
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Things start out oddly in this film – and it is a way that they pretty much continues for the rest of the film. We join two odd British characters who take the service they provide to clients around the UK with all the enthusiasm and customer-care that you would expect from travelling service people quite tired of their lot. The service they provide, we gradually learn, is to extract secrets from the psychic channels in the house for people who want all their skeletons out of their closet. It is an odd skill and one which the bitter Simon abuses as he spends his free time accessing the warm, safe memories he has rather than living in the moment. When their boss gives them an unusual job, they come up against challenges, but solving them could prove to be worse.

Although it takes a minute to get a grip on what is happening, I did like the way that the film doesn't do a lot of exposition for the viewer but rather lets us work it out by watching. Likewise I liked that the detail of the how's and what's was just left there along with the technical dialogue – because in a way these things don't really matter once you have the idea. And it is a good idea and it does translate into a nice film that is interesting throughout. Sadly that's where my descriptive words tail off because I wasn't left with much more than that. I did "like" the film but yet not as much as I had hoped and it never went beyond being "interested" in it – it didn't ever move me or excite me.

I know for some that the oddity of it all will be part of the reasons they love it but for me that was not enough and I found myself waiting for the film to deliver on these interesting concepts and odd atmosphere. It kinda does but again only in a way that is oddly interesting, not brilliant or really engaging. As a drama I wanted it to have more to move me or hold my attention. As a comedy it is gently comic but never more than this. Like I said, it is an odd film whose downfall is that it is odd to the point that this oddity is the only quality where one feels it is delivering on to its fullest potential. It is hard to describe and I'm sure those that love the film will rage at me but I've not really been able to find any comments by people who love this film that do not include a lot about how "wonderfully odd" it is or similar comments about how refreshing it is and how much better than Hollywood etc etc. Different can be good but different is mostly just different.

The performances are great though. Adamsdale and Buckley are both good together and also produce odd characters without losing sight of them being real people at heart – they are not played for laughs because of who they are, although the laughs may come. They are matched in their weirdness by Isaacs, Middleton, Steen and a few others, all of whom do good work and seem to judge their performances well for the material and tone of the film, I just wished the material had been a little stronger in terms of what the film was trying to do with the ideas (beyond being odd).

So Skeletons turns out to be an interesting little curio that has good ideas and a very odd and comic tone. It doesn't produce a lot of laughs, drama, thrills or emotion though and, as much as I liked the weird feel and the plot, I did keep wanting it to delivery something else to me – but it is something that (if you haven't already guessed) I'm struggling to put my finger on.

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