MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 6,592 this week

Her Master's Voice (2012)

7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 235 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 5 critic

Internationally acclaimed ventriloquist Nina Conti, takes the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to 'Venthaven' the resting place for puppets of... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 131 titles
created 03 Jan 2012
 
a list of 13 titles
created 26 Jan 2013
 
a list of 14 titles
created 20 Dec 2013
 
a list of 60 titles
created 26 Apr 2014
 
a list of 508 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Her Master's Voice (2012)

Her Master's Voice (2012) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Her Master's Voice.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Christopher Guest
Dumbstruck (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

At the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, ventriloquism capital of the world, director Mark Goffman discovers five extraordinary characters straight out of a ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Goffman
Stars: Bob Ashman, Maria Ashman, Robert J. Ashman
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Directors: Alan Freestone, Fergus March
Stars: James Wren, Richard Glover, Nina Conti
Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (TV Movie 1993)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

When an abused heiress grows to giant size because of her encounter with aliens, she decides to get revenge on her cheating husband and those who annoyed her.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Daryl Hannah, Daniel Baldwin, William Windom
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The intimate bond between two identical twin brothers is challenged when one decides to transition from male to female; this is the story of their evolving relationship, and the resurrection of their family from a darker past.

Directors: Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Clair Farley, Jennie Farley, Mark Oliver Farley
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Film school grad Nick Chapman thought his career was made after his award winning short film, but discovered Hollywood wasn't as easy as it seems.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emily Longstreth
A Mighty Wind (2003)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An aspiring director and the marginally talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara
Bromwell High (TV Series 2005)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The adventures of 3 students and their inept teachers at a high school in London.

Stars: Nina Conti, Graeme Garden, Simon Greenall
Nina Conti Clowning Around (TV Movie 2015)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A documentary about ventriloquist Nina Conti's two-year stint as a hospital clown.

Director: Nina Conti
Stars: Nina Conti, Mick Barnfather, Phil Burgers
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nina performs live in Australia with her collection of puppets and members of the audience.

Director: Jim Hare
Stars: Nina Conti
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Channel 4 entertainment show, which will be screened in October, is billed as a format that will bring together "a host of talent from the world of music, comedy, TV, film and sport as ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Howe
Stars: Cara Delevingne, James Corden, Jack Whitehall
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Herself / Various Voices
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Himself (archive footage)
Daisy Campbell ...
Herself - Ken's Daughter
Ken Campbell ...
Himself (archive footage)
Brad Cummings ...
Himself - Ventriloquist
Nacho Estrada ...
Himself - Distant Voice Expert
Dan Horn ...
Himself - Ventriloquist
...
Himself (archive footage)
Jay Johnson ...
Himself - Ventriloquist
Kevin Johnson ...
Himself - Ventriloquist
Kimberly Miller ...
Herself - Ventriloquist
Stan Stanley ...
Himself - Nina's Husband
Lynn Trefzger ...
Herself - Ventriloquist
David Turner ...
Himself - Ventriloquist
Edit

Storyline

Internationally acclaimed ventriloquist Nina Conti, takes the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to 'Venthaven' the resting place for puppets of dead ventriloquists. She gets to know her latex and wooden travelling partners along the way, and with them deconstructs herself and her lost love in this ventriloquial docu-mocumentary requiem. Ken Campbell was a hugely respected maverick of the British Theatre, an eccentric genius who would snort out forgotten artforms. Nina was his prodigy in ventriloquism and has been said to have reinvented the artform. This film is truly unique in genre and style. No one has seen ventriloquism like this before. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

6 February 2014 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

A Ventriloquist's Story: Her Master's Voice  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Problems of the Self" Examined by Artificial Others
10 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While my ventriloquism-loving friends either laughed at the crudeness of Jeff Dunham or sang along with Terry Fator, I found myself pursuing the sheer quirkiness that is Nina Conti. Despite having released at least three shows on DVD, being featured in a Christopher Guest film, and being a regular both at comedy shows and in Youtube clips, true fame has eluded Conti, though I'm hopeful that her first solo film project here will give her greater North American recognition. As is her style, Conti uses her documentary to balance spontaneous humor and genuine human emotion for a sometimes-uncomfortable, always-entertaining tribute to her deceased mentor and spiritual center of the piece, theater maverick Ken Campbell.

The gist of the "story" here is that Conti, feeling uncertain about her future as a performing ventriloquist and saddened by the death of Campbell, considers abandoning the art but first commits herself to visiting an international ventriloquists' convention in Kentucky. With her, she brings her own puppet (Monkey) along, as well as the puppets willed to her by Campbell - "uniquely bereaved objects" whom she tries to help reclaim their lost voices - one of which will finding a resting place at the Vent Haven museum.

As much as I had been hoping to give this film a perfect score, a couple issues keep me from doing so. The first of these is the film's runtime: playing only for a slim sixty minutes, the movie mostly manages to avoid pacing problems until the very end, where its conclusion is inharmoniously rushed after the rest of the picture has been comfortably reflective. My second complaint is more of a personal one: people who don't follow Nina online will probably be immune to this, but fact is that I had already seen half of the movie's most powerful scenes before I had even bought it, as teasers. The episode wherein "Granny" takes a swim and when Nina has a "conversation" with Ken Campbell in puppet form are as simultaneously sweet and unnerving as anything, but there are only two or three other scenes of approximate gravity in the film, making it feel like I've been partially spoiled.

Which, of course, is not to say that even the non-knockout scenes of the film aren't fun to watch. Newcomers to Conti's comedy style may do well to catch one or two of her online clips before submerging themselves in this piece, just to get a taste, but by and large it's accessible if only for its intrigue. Not only has Nina got the technical aspects of ventriloquism down pat, but her ability to create a rapport with her characters is second to none: though her material is often deconstructive, it rarely feels like she's only talking to herself, and her puppets are made to feel more aware and imbued with emotion than most others. Humor-wise, documentaries like this may be the best portal for Conti's material: judging by some of the feedback I've read, a few people don't "get" Nina's style, which may have to do with the fact that her comedy lies in how she and a character go about addressing a topic instead of setting up and delivering blatant jokes, and this is a perfect match for this kind of film, for the naturalness of her delivery and the flow of the movie makes it hard to imagine that anything you see was filmed more than once. Because Conti's film is a journey about a comedic ventriloquist and not an exhibition by a comedian who happens to use ventriloquism to get a laugh, the movie feels more like a genuine documentary than a show.

Technically, the film is sound in a bare-bones sort of way, with no aesthetics beyond what was filmed but looking presentable nonetheless. The footage shot at the convention provides cameos for a good deal of other ventriloquists, plenty of them obscure but with at least two fairly famous sightings in Jay Johnson and Dan Horn. I wish that some of Nina's new puppets were given more time to expound, but as usual, both she and Monkey remain entertaining as the leading faces. I'm very glad that this film was made and is receiving the distribution that it is, and hope that Conti gets to develop similar projects in the future. This one's definitely worth a look.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The ventriloquist in red suit ltredinnick
Discuss Her Master's Voice (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?