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AKA (2002)

AKA is the story of a disaffected youth's search for love, status, and identity in late 1970s Britain. 18-year old Dean is handsome and bright, but feels hampered by his working-class ... See full summary »

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Duncan Roy

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Duncan Roy
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Leitch ... Dean Page
Diana Quick ... Lady Gryffoyn
George Asprey ... David
Lindsey Coulson Lindsey Coulson ... Georgie
Blake Ritson ... Alexander Gryffoyn
Peter Youngblood Hills ... Benjamin
Geoff Bell ... Brian Page
Hannah Yelland ... Camille Sturton
Daniel Lee Daniel Lee ... Jamie Page
Bill Nighy ... Uncle Louis Gryffoyn
David Kendall David Kendall ... Lee Page
Fenella Woolgar ... Sarah
Sean Gilder ... Tim Lyttleton
Robin Soans ... Neil Frost
Stephen Boxer ... Dermot
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AKA is the story of a disaffected youth's search for love, status, and identity in late 1970s Britain. 18-year old Dean is handsome and bright, but feels hampered by his working-class background and by his family, which includes a sexually abusive father. In order to make something of himself, Dean assumes another identity and manages to enter high society. As he navigates this decadent new world, he meets a host of characters, including David, an older gay man who desires him, and Benjamin, a young hustler from Texas who has also managed to find a place among the aristocracy. Can Dean find love while living a lie? How much is he willing to sacrifice in order to pull off his charade? Presented through three simultaneous frames rather than one.

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Based on the remarkable true story.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Spryciarz, klamstwa podobne sa do zyczen See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Man

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,553, 14 December 2003

Gross USA:

$49,988

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,988
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Last cinema film of Faith Brook. See more »

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In the scenes within the VISA investigator's office, there are IBM Personal Computers on the desks. The story is set in 1978, however, the IBM PC was not introduced until August 12, 1981. See more »

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Excellent split-screen film about crossing the class divide
25 October 2002 | by fitchalexSee all my reviews

In Britain, while the class divide is no longer relevant to most people's lives in terms of access to education or employment, there is still a great fascination with the lives of the rich. This takes the form of magazines such as 'Hello!' and 'OK!', various TV shows (particularly 'Faking it' in which a person of a certain profession/background/up-bringing is taught to behave in an opposite manner) and the enduring popularity of 'My Fair Lady' on the London stage. AKA deals with this fascination with the upper class and the way a person might assimilate into the group by deceit. Plot-wise the film is therefore quite similar to 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' and indeed also includes the homo-eroticism of that film (a symptom of privileged all male education perhaps?) as well as a certain similarity between the two leads (Matthew Leitch particularly reminds the viewer of Matt Damon when he smiles).

This is another excellent film by the recently deceased Film Four in its Film Four Lab guise (following 'Jump Tomorrow', 'My Brother Tom' & 'This Filthy Earth') which allowed for some experimentation in the cinema - which in this case means the entire film is shown in triple split screen. Creating an image even wider than 2.35:1 this does mean the viewer has to look from one third of the picture to another to entirely follow the action, but unlike Mike Figgis' 'Time Code' this is never distracting as each of the images is chosen to complement the others - for example a shot of two people talking is split between two images with the third providing a close up - and the audience does get used to this after a couple of minutes when it becomes second nature experiencing a film in this way. There doesn't seem to be a particular reason why the film is set up in this fashion at first, but it does compliment the duplicity of the lead character and the layered facades the other characters in the film hide behind (especially Benjamin). It also obviously provides a way for a 4:3 DV image to fill the cinema screen. Coming from TV backgrounds, all the actors put in reasonable performances, especially the 'adults' but Matthew Leitch in particular (who, like Peter Youngblood-Hills, comes from 'Band of Brothers') gives a commanding performance and it is no surprise that he followed this film with a Hollywood movie (David Twohy's 'Below'). While there are a few problems with the plot - the film implies that homosexuality stems from childhood abuse - an occasional problems with the quality of the sound (due to the budget) this is nevertheless a brilliant feature debut for writer director Roy, and together with his lead actor, I will be surprised if an impressive career does not follow...


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