An English teacher, James, leaves Rome for the peace of the Arabian desert only to find himself working at a language school run by a tyrant. The film traces the fortunes of our hapless ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Andy Wilson ...
James Barrett
Clary Moran ...
Jane
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Edward
Andy Reynolds ...
Andy
Alison Snookes ...
Mary
Basil Muir ...
Alexander
Justin Scholes ...
Harold
Sophie Devonshire ...
Suzanne
Tom Sissum ...
Richard
Marzia Beltrami ...
Marzia
George Robehmed ...
Khalid
Isobel McQueen ...
Herself
Tom McQueen ...
Himself
Sarah McQueen ...
Lillian
Rick Johns ...
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An English teacher, James, leaves Rome for the peace of the Arabian desert only to find himself working at a language school run by a tyrant. The film traces the fortunes of our hapless hero as he encounters an oddball collection of expatriates in the desert town and tries to cope with the heat, teaching with a hangover and the attentions of the boss's wife. Written by David Adrian McQueen

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James Barratt, licensed to drink. Shaken but not stirred.

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Comedy | Romance

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1 March 2006 (United Arab Emirates)  »

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£3,000 (estimated)
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The camping scene was one of the first scenes to be filmed and was a way for the cast to get to know each other and 'bond'. The actors had to put up the tents as in the script and cope with bratty children. The children needed very little direction. Finally at the end of the scene, after swimming in an apparently idyllic 'wadi' (in reality a shallow filthy pool) the characters get drunk. The actors entered into the character of the scene with great gusto and the final 'seduction' scene required several re-shoots due to drunkenness. It is the only outtake of many possible outtakes included on the DVD. See more »

Quotes

Alexander: That is where you are wrong... Guest-workers is what we are. Nothing more than glorified potato pickers. Granted, the pay's better than for potato picking, the work's not quite as back breaking: but it is ball-breaking. And we all just keep coming back for more. Just look at this lot. Most of them have been here nearly a decade. To classify 'genus expatrius' there are a few tell-tale signs. First, you must look for wives with skin like cured tobacco. Next look out for husbands with noses like ...
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