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Secrets & Lies ()


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Following the death of her adoptive parents, a successful young black optometrist establishes contact with her biological mother -- a lonely white factory worker living in poverty in East London.

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Maurice
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Monica
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Cynthia
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Roxanne
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Hortense
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Jane
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Dionne
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Paul
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Social Worker
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Stuart
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Girl with Scar
Brian Bovell ...
Hortense's Brother
Trevor Laird ...
Hortense's Brother
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Hortense's Sister-in-Law
Elias Perkins McCook ...
Hortense's Nephew
Jane Mitchell ...
Senior Optometrist (as June Mitchell)
Janice Acquah ...
Junior Optician
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Girl in Optician's (as Keeley Flanders)
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First Bride
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First Bride's Father
Kate O'Malley ...
Second Bride
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Groom
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Vicar
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Best Man
Annie Hayes ...
Mother in Family Group
Jean Ainslie ...
Grandmother
Daniel Smith ...
Teenage Son
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Nurse
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Young Mother
Felix Manley ...
Baby
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Potential Husband (as Nitin Chandra Ganatra)
Metin Marlow ...
Conjuror
Amanda Crossley ...
Raunchy Woman
Su Elliot ...
Raunchy Woman (as Su Elliott)
Di Sherlock ...
Raunchy Woman
Alex Squires ...
Triplet
Lauren Squires ...
Triplet
Sade Squires ...
Triplet
Dominic Curran ...
Little Boy
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Man in Suit
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Man in Suit
Peter Stockbridge ...
Man in Suit
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Man in Suit
Rachel Lewis ...
Graduate
Paul Trussell ...
Grinning Husband
Denise Orita ...
Uneasy Woman
Margery Withers ...
Elderly Lady
Theresa Watson ...
Daughter
Gordon Winter ...
Laughing Man
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Fiancé (as Jonathan Coyne)
Bonzo ...
Dog
Texas ...
Cat
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Father in Family Group
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Boxer
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Dog Owner
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Cat Owner
Sheila Kelley ...
Fertile Mother
Angela Curran ...
Little Boy's Mother
Linda Beckett ...
Pin-Up Housewife
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Man in Suit (as Philip Davis)
Wendy Nottingham ...
Glum Wife
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Uneasy Man
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Laughing Woman
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Fiancée
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Janette (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mike Leigh

Written by

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Mike Leigh ... (written by)

Produced by

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Simon Channing Williams ... producer (as Simon Channing-Williams)

Music by

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Andrew Dickson

Cinematography by

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Dick Pope ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Jon Gregory

Editorial Department

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Valentina Giambanco ... second assistant editor
Kate Mackenzie ... first assistant editor
Steve Mercer ... trainee editor: FT2
Clive Noakes ... color timer
Robert Pond ... Negative assembly supervisor
Ian Seymour ... first assistant editor
Victoria Stevens ... trainee: FT2

Casting By

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Susie Parriss ... (as Parriss)
Paddy Stern ... (as Stern)

Production Design by

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Alison Chitty

Art Direction by

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Eve Stewart

Set Decoration by

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Liz Griffiths ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Maria Price

Makeup Department

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Christine Blundell ... makeup artist
Kirstin Chalmers ... assistant hair stylist (as Kirstin Weguelin) / assistant makeup artist (as Kirstin Weguelin)

Production Management

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Georgina Lowe ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Zerlina Hughes ... third assistant director
Jennie Osborn ... first assistant director
Josh Robertson ... second assistant director
Chris Rose ... first assistant director
Paula Spinks ... fourth assistant director

Art Department

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Hilly Benjamin ... assistant art director
Jim Booth ... art department assistant
Paul Cutler ... chargehand props
Martin Fitzpatrick ... property pick-up
Liz Griffiths ... production buyer
Guy Hunt ... stand-by carpenter
Peter Looby ... stand-by props
Nic Orlande ... construction manager
Tom Read ... dressing props
Nick Rose ... property master
Guy Rutter ... stand-by painter
Pete Lennox ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Sue Baker ... dubbing editor
Orin Beaton ... boom operator
Mick Boggis ... re-recording mixer
Diane Greaves ... foley walker
Michelle Greaves ... foley walker
Loveday Harding ... boom operator
Derek Holding ... adr editor
Derek Lomas ... dialogue editor
Peter Maxwell ... re-recording mixer
George Richards ... sound recordist
Ted Swanscott ... adr mixer / foley mixer
William Trent ... foley editor (as Bill Trent)

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David Smith ... title opticals: Peerless (as Dave Smith)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Graham Baker ... rigger
Richard Blackmore ... generator operator
Lucy Bristow ... focus puller
Alan Coster ... electrician
Frank Cox ... best boy
Marco di Giulio ... electrician
Martin Duncan ... gaffer
Joe Dunton ... camera equipment / camera rental
Simon Mein ... still photographer
Andy Ormesher ... rigger
Dan Shoring ... clapper loader
Colin Strachan ... camera grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Zoe Porter ... wardrobe trainee (as Zoë Porter)
Jackie Thomas ... wardrobe assistant
Allison Wyldeck ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Mike Carter ... assistant location manager
Mark Mostyn ... location manager

Music Department

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Chas Dickie ... musician: cello
Keith Grant ... music engineer
Michael Laird ... musician: flugelhorn
Step Parikian ... music supervisor
Helen Tunstall ... musician: harp
Ivo van der Worff ... musician: viola
Chris West ... musician: double bass

Script and Continuity Department

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Heather Storr ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Bill Nixon ... unit driver
Bianca Stone ... transportation
John Stone ... transportation
Bill Wright ... unit driver

Additional Crew

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Chris Allies ... title designer
Ian Differ ... trainee: FT2
Graham Easton ... completion bond: film finances services
Stephanie Fauger ... production coordinator (as Stephanie Faugier)
Phillip Kenny ... production executive
David Lewisohn ... solicitor: Theodore Goddard
Matthew Potts ... production runner
Deborah Reade ... assistant to producer
Roger Sampson ... insurance: Sampson and Allen
Iain Struthers ... trainee: FT2
Claire Thompson ... floor runner
Sarah Trowse ... assistant accountant
Will Tyler ... production accountant (as William Tyler)
Mark Westaway ... solicitor: Theodore Goddard
Karen Yeaman ... trainee: FT2
Raoul B. Reinert ... legal consultant (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Cynthia lives in London with her sullen street-sweeper daughter. Her brother has been successful with his photographer's business and now lives nearby in a more upmarket house. But Cynthia hasn't even been invited round there after a year. So, all round, she feels rather lonely and isolated. Meanwhile, in another part of town, Hortense, adopted at birth but now grown up, starts to try and trace her mother. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Keywords
Taglines Roxanne drives her mother crazy. Maurice never speaks to his niece. Cynthia has a shock for her family. Monica can't talk to her husband. Hortense has never met her mother. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Secrets et Mensonges (France)
  • Lügen und Geheimnisse (Germany)
  • Secretos y mentiras (Spain)
  • Mystika kai psemata (Greece)
  • 秘密與謊言 (Taiwan)
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Runtime
  • 136 min
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Budget $4,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia To add a spontaneous effect to the performances, Mike Leigh met with each actor individually and only told them what their character would know at the beginning of the film. As filming progressed the actors were hearing the secrets for the very first time. Brenda Blethyn, for instance, didn't know that Marianne Jean-Baptiste was black. See more »
Goofs When Roxanne pushes Cynthia onto the bed, the shadow of a crew member's head is seen moving on the bed. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Extreme Measures/Secrets & Lies/2 Days in the Valley/Caught/Ed's Next Move (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Happy Birthday to You See more »
Quotes Maurice: Secrets and lies! We're all in pain! Why can't we share our pain? I've spent my entire life trying to make people happy, and the three people I love the most in the world hate each other's guts, and I'm in the middle! I can't take it anymore!
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