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Rag Tale (2005)

A romance that plays out in the splashy, sensational world of British tabloids.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Graves ... Editor - The Rag, Eddy Somerset Taylor
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Deputy Editor - The Rag, Mary Josephine (MJ) Morton
Lucy Davis ... Editor's PA - The Rag, Debbs
John Sessions ... Political Editor - The Rag, Felix Miles Sty
Bill Paterson ... News Editor - The Rag, Tulloch (Lucky) Lloyd
Sara Stockbridge Sara Stockbridge ... Fashion Editor - The Rag, Sally May Ponsonby
Cal MacAninch ... Sports Editor - The Rag, Paul (Mac) MacAvoy
David Hayman ... Picture Editor - The Rag, Geoff (P3) Randal
Simon Callow ... Features Editor - The Rag, Cormac (Fat Boy) Rourke
Malcolm McDowell ... Chairman - Global Media Inc, Richard (The Chief) Morton
Kerry Fox ... Editor - The Press, Peach James Taylor
Ian Hart ... Photographer, Morph
Tom Leick ... Peach's Secretary
Thomas Sanne Thomas Sanne ... Royal Advisor 1
Julian Nest ... Royal Advisor 2


A romance that plays out in the splashy, sensational world of British tabloids.

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Get a handle on the scandal.


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Luxembourg | UK



Release Date:

7 October 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Escándalo en la redacción See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Visually stunning satire...
23 August 2005 | by RICH5799See all my reviews

Set during the momentous U.S. election week of 2004, this satirical story follows the editor of The Rag (Graves) – a London newspaper - as he embarks upon an affair with the Chairman's wife (Leigh) and follows him as he tries to save his job over the course of the week.

With subtle side-swipes at the establishment, this film delves into the seedy underworld of tabloid journalism. Improvised performances from an established ensemble cast helps RAG TALE create a realistic world inhabited by ruthless, back-stabbing hacks, intent on their own advancement.

The frantic pace of a news room is conveyed by the editing style, which features many more cuts than usual, and with hardly a still moment, the camera flits effortlessly between HD and mini-DV, creating the type of realism you would associate with a fly-on-the-wall documentary. The stunning visuals of the film are complimented by an energetic score and exploratory sound-design. This is heightened by the improvised dialogue and sense of inter-character relationships that build from the start to their shocking conclusion.

More cutting and experimental than television shows which attempt to cover similar ground, RAG TALE convinces us that what we read in the newspapers is very often manufactured by an elite group of people who care more about themselves than correctly reporting the news.

A film for the younger audience, this is one that will leave you thinking.

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