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In the late 1930s Nella Last, a housewife aged 49, living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English coast,agrees to send details of her routine to the Mass observation project,a... See more »

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Nella Last
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Daddy (Will Last)
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Cliff Last
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Arthur Last
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Dot
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Mrs Whittaker
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Mrs Waite
Marcia Warren ...
Mrs Lord
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Mrs Lynch
Wendy Nottingham ...
Miss Finch
Jane Lowe ...
Mrs Higham
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Mrs Mac
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Evelyn Edwards (as Siân Brooke)
Laura Power ...
Madeleine Whittaker
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Dr Roger Brierley
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Jill
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Pru
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Dennis
Hugh Sachs ...
Godfrey
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Mrs Hockey
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Michael Hockey
Duncan Barton ...
Robbie Kilgour
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Mrs Brierley
Catherine Skinner ...
Edith
Sue Wallace ...
Woman at WVS
Norman Mills ...
Mr Whittaker
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James Wenchurch
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Tom
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Alan
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Girl in Shop
Danny Tennant ...
Battery Boy

Directed by

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Gavin Millar

Written by

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Victoria Wood ... (written by)
 
Nella Last ... (diaries)

Produced by

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Michele Buck ... executive producer
Matthew Hamilton ... associate producer
Ian Luxford ... post production producer
Damien Timmer ... executive producer
Piers Wenger ... producer
Victoria Wood ... executive producer

Music by

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John Lunn

Cinematography by

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Cinders Forshaw ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Matthew Newman

Editorial Department

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Chris Beeton ... colorist
Laura Evans ... assistant editor
Simon Giblin ... on-line editor
Ulrike Münch ... assistant editor (as Ulrike Munch)

Casting By

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Rachel Freck

Production Design by

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Rob Harris

Art Direction by

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Jo Riddell

Set Decoration by

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Shelly Pond

Costume Design by

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Charlotte Holdich

Makeup Department

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Carol Cooper ... makeup designer
Veronica Lewis ... makeup artist
Sian Miller ... hair supervisor (as Sian Turner) / makeup supervisor (as Sian Turner)
Jules Greenan ... trainee hair & makeup daily (uncredited)
Caroline Greenough ... daily makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Gail Kennett ... executive in charge of production
Kerry Robinson ... unit manager
Farley Thomson ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Will Cummins ... third assistant director
Mark Fenn ... first assistant director
Louise Townsend ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Maudie Andrews ... art department assistant
Robert Channon ... scenic painter
Rachael Fitzgerald ... stand-by art director
Ged Henshaw ... stand-by props
Vincent Henshaw ... stand-by props
Barry Tracey ... scenic artist

Sound Department

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Wayne Brooks ... sound effects editor
Phil Cape ... sound assistant
Arran Mahoney ... foley editor
Billy Mahoney ... dubbing mixer
Darren McQuade ... dubbing editor
Patrick Oldacre ... sound maintenance
John Pearson ... sound recordist
Filipa Principe ... foley editor

Visual Effects by

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Tanvir Hanif ... digital effects artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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David Bourke ... best boy
Alice Canty ... clapper loader
Clare Fuller ... camera trainee
Tom Gates ... lighting gaffer
Richard Griffiths ... grip (as Rick Griffiths)
Nathan Mann ... focus puller
Mike Miller ... camera operator
Paul Hanning ... focus puller (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jane Anderson ... casting assistant
Mohsan Qureshi ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mary Judge ... costume supervisor
Sam Scragg ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Gary Barnes ... location manager

Music Department

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Paul Golding ... music score engineering

Transportation Department

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Ed Lee ... facilities driver

Other crew

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Jane Burrows ... script supervisor
Jemma Carlton ... researcher
Carly Ferguson ... floor runner
Peter Gray ... picture publicist
Claire Harrison ... assistant accountant
Elaine Harrison ... production accountant
Faiza Hosenie ... production coordinator
Sarah Urban ... production runner
Lisa Vanoli ... press officer
Tracey Waller ... title designer

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Plot Summary

In the late 1930s Nella Last, a housewife aged 49, living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English coast,agrees to send details of her routine to the Mass observation project,a non-governmental scheme designed to chronicle the lives of ordinary people. When war comes Nella defies her over-protective husband to join the local Women's Voluntary Service. Initially diffident she blossoms thanks to the dominant but kindly Mrs. Waite, and enjoys her independence as a useful war worker. The film also shows her relationship with her two sons as well as the effect of the war on the community and ends by explaining that Nella kept in touch with the Mass Observation project until her death in 1968. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • Casnica (Romania)
  • Háziasszony 49 (Hungary)
  • Lelkek háborúja (Hungary)
Runtime
  • 93 min
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Budget GBP1,600,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Victoria Wood was awarded two BAFTA awards for the drama. See more »
Goofs The second time Nella Last gets off the bus at the Town Hall, the Forum 28 Theatre is visible on the top window of the bus. That is where Forum is situated, but it was not built until between the 60's and 70's. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Victoria Wood (2007). See more »
Soundtracks The First Noël See more »
Quotes [at the dinner table]
Mr. Whittaker: [jovially] What's the gen on your jolly old war wound, son?
Madeleine Whittaker: Dad's a fighter pilot - can you tell?
Mr. Whittaker: Where did the beggars get you, son? What was it? Hand-grenade?
Cliff Last: [mechanically] Left thigh. Right thigh. Right buttock. Bladder. Penis.
[embarrassed silence]
Mrs Whittaker: Could you reach me the beetroot, Edith, please.
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