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Wasp (2003)

Zoë is a single mother who lives with her four children in Dartford. She is poor and can't afford to buy food. One day her ex-boyfriend drives by and asks her to go on a date with him. ... See full summary »

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Andrea Arnold

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Andrea Arnold
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Natalie Press ... Zoë
Danny Dyer ... Dave
Jodie Mitchell Jodie Mitchell ... Kelly
Molly Griffiths Molly Griffiths ... Sinead
Kaitlyn Raynor Kaitlyn Raynor ... Leanne
Danny Daley Danny Daley ... Kai
Lizzie Colbert Lizzie Colbert ... Bullet-head
Ashley Routledge Ashley Routledge ... Brown-haired girl
Tabitha Crewe Tabitha Crewe ... Barmaid
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Zoë is a single mother who lives with her four children in Dartford. She is poor and can't afford to buy food. One day her ex-boyfriend drives by and asks her to go on a date with him. Scared that he doesn't want to go out with her, she lies and tells him that she is just babysitting the kids. This will be her first date in years. Written by Rhodry

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 2004 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dartford, Kent, England, UK See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sound recordist Neil Robert Herd plays guitar and sings in alt-bluegrass band The Coal Porters. See more »

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Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

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When You Say Nothin' At All
Written by Don Schlitz / W. Benton Overstreet
Used by kind permission of Universal/MCA Music Ltd and EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Ronan Keating
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Licensed by kind permission for the film & TV licensing division part of the Universal Music Group
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Joins The Ranks of The Music Box
7 March 2005 | by BJJ-2See all my reviews

The winner for best short film at the 2005 Oscars,this well-made,gritty and honest film seems to me to have a very ambivalent attitude towards it's main character Zoe(convincingly played by Nathalie Press).

A single mother living on a grim council estate,she's prepared to scrap with a woman who attacked her kids by going to her house dressed merely in a nightie,then uses the most foul,gutter language in front of them(all pre-teen).Capable of behaving like an sweet angel one minute,and a gross harridan the next,she attempts to have some fun with a sympathetic suitor(Danny Dyer),but with no partner or babysitter in sight this is doomed to failure,with dire consequences for her children,left outside a pub.

The film charts the difficulties that such women face(or perhaps bring on themselves),and the subject of social services is frequently brought up.But is there a happy ending in store with the would-be suitor? The film will probably have different interpretations by Social Libreals and Right-Wing Fundamental Moralists because of this ambivalence.Despite it's undoubted quality,Laurel & Hardy's THE MUSIC BOX(1932),is still the best short ever awarded the Oscar for me!


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