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Mysterious Creatures (2006)

A middle age couple struggle to find a diagnosis for their adult daughters erratic behaviour with tragic consequences.


David Evans


Gwyneth Hughes


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Spall ... Bill Ainscow
Brenda Blethyn ... Wendy Ainscow
Rebekah Staton ... Lisa Ainscow
Judy Flynn ... Anne Buckley
David Crellin ... David Kirwan
Stephen Boxer ... Martyn Bowler
Mark Penfold Mark Penfold ... Judge Bryn
Laura Handley Laura Handley ... Shoe shop assistant (as Laura Jane Handley)
James Curran James Curran ... Mr. Justice Mitchell
Joanna Phillips-Lane Joanna Phillips-Lane ... Julie Kirwan
Alastair Galbraith ... Dr. David Yorke
Gary Cargill ... Merseyside PC 1
Carla Henry ... Kelly
Daryl Fishwick Daryl Fishwick ... Nurse Eileen Hume
Gary Pillai ... Dr.Ramesh


In November 2004 Bill and Wendy Ainscow took an overdose of sleeping pills and waded into the warm Atlantic ocean off Tenerife to commit suicide. Wendy Ainscow survived but tragically Bill died. The couple's bizarre suicide pact was the culmination of years of trying to cope with and get state help for their daughter Lisa, who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

29 October 2006 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


£700,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Leopard Drama See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


[to social worker, about Lisa]
Wendy Ainscow: So... She's not mad enough for the doctors and the lawyers, and she's not sad enough for you. Which box does she fit in?
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Not about Asperger's, not easy to watch, but essential viewing.
18 November 2006 | by lrrooster2002See all my reviews

Whilst the film 'Rainman' and Mark Haddon's book are both primarily works of fiction, this film is a dramatisation of a true story that, at the time of writing, is still going on.

The fact that psychiatrists and social workers seemed flummoxed is the centre of this tragic tale. Without a proper diagnosis - a label - Lisa and her family receive little help. This is not about Asperger's. The medical teams decided it was not 'just' Asperger's, but they couldn't decide what it was and this condemned the family to the life they had and which the film tried to portray.

Rebekah Staton was very good as Lisa. If she seemed detestable then that is the point. Difficult to love her, but still unconditionally loved by her mother in the only way she knew how. Difficult for her to show love, but she did in her own way by demonstrating an overpowering need for her mother to be around, to 'look after her' and not to 'spoil her day'.

It's not an easy film to watch. Life is not easy sometimes. I thought it was well done. I don't like 'wobblevision' but its use when Lisa was being sectioned highlighted her panic, fear and confusion. The stark quality of the film was enhanced by the brave decision of the producers not to have incidental music, so well done to them! I don't think the point of the film was to help anyone associated with Asperger's. If there was a point in showing this story at all, maybe it was that we can't help those we can't label and that we should open our minds to understanding people when they are in distress, for whatever reason and however unpalatable.

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