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Janice Beard (1999)

Janice Beard 45 WPM (original title)
| Comedy | 5 May 2000 (UK)
Janice's father dies of a heart attack during her birth, causing her mother to plunge into a post-natal, post-mortem agoraphobic depression that endures for 23 years.

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Clare Kilner

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Walsh ... Janice Beard
Patsy Kensit ... Julia
Rhys Ifans ... Sean
Sandra Voe Sandra Voe ... Mimi
David O'Hara ... O'Brien
Frances Grey ... Violet
Zita Sattar ... Jane
Amelia Curtis ... June
Mossie Smith Mossie Smith ... Dolores
Sarah McVicar Sarah McVicar ... Tracy
Eddie Marsan ... Mr. Tense
Perry Fenwick Perry Fenwick ... Mr. Button
Maynard Eziashi ... Clive Morley
Robbie Barnett Robbie Barnett ... Janice's Father
Jean Murphy Jean Murphy ... Midwife
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Janice's father dies of a heart attack during her birth, causing her mother to plunge into a post-natal, post-mortem agoraphobic depression that endures for 23 years.

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72% of Office Romances end in disaster. This started as one...

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Stop That Girl
Written & Performed by Vic Goddard
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Hilarious, quirky, light Brit movie.
29 October 2000 | by Tintin a TokyoSee all my reviews

I saw Janice Beard yesterday at the 2000 Tokyo International Film Festival and took part in the Q&A section with the director Clare Kilner afterwards.

Like the other reviewer has said, Janice Beard: 45 Words Per Minute isn't an especially profound film, but it is good fun and it is better than the majority of what passes through the cinemas.

In the film, Janice Beard is a 20 something young woman whose life began unusually when her father died in childbirth. This causes her mother to be the world's first sufferer of post-natal-post-mortem syndrome. She has never left the house since her daughter's birth, and Janice spends her entire life concocting stories to entertain her mother and entice her into the world. Like the director, I've also known adult compulsive liars and think they're not generally sympathetic people. However, the explanation provided to us of her mother's illness succeeds in endearing Janice The Underdog to the audience.

In the hope of being able to find and pay for a cure for her mother, Janice, equipped with her minimum level 45 words per minute typing rate, leaves Scotland for temp work in London. To some degree this reflects the experience of the director/writer Clare Kilner who has said the idea for the movie came to her while doing temp work - being in but not part of the work place and being able to observe others closely from that unique position.

Janice ends up working at a British car manufacturer (this is a work of fiction after all) through her school friend - the one who was faking a seizure at the beginning of the film to get Mrs Beard out of bed. The car company is about to launch its make or break product and tension in the office is high when Janice joins the typing pool headed by beautiful, bitchy Julia (Patsy Kensit).

From there on in it's a story about Janice toning down her outlandish stories (or living up to them - the salsa dance scene) and fitting in with the typing pool women, and finding someone along the way in the shape of Sean (Rhys Evans from Twin Town [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0120394] and Notting Hill [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0125439]). It's not Janice' fault there's industrial sabotage afoot and she's caught in the middle.

This is a really good, light and enjoyable film. If a director's first film most embodies the nature of their work to come then I look forward to seeing more of Clare Kilner's work. Answering questions on stage after the movie she was lovely.


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