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A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.

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Poppy
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Bookshop Assistant
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Zoe
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Dawn
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Alice (as Sinéad Matthews)
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Suzy
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Tash
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Scott
Joseph Kloska ...
Suzy's Boyfriend
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Heather
Anna Reynolds ...
Receptionist
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Ezra
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Patient
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Rosita Santos
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Flamenco Student
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Flamenco Student (as Viss Elliot)
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Flamenco Student
Jack MacGeachin ...
Nick
Charlie Duffield ...
Charlie
Ayotunde Williams ...
Ayotunde
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Tramp
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Tim
Caroline Martin ...
Helen
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Jamie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda-Jean Barry ...
Tina (uncredited)
Stephanie Cannon ...
Flamenco Student (uncredited)
Tim Glanfield ...
Man in Pub (uncredited)
Vesna Vujat ...
Commuter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mike Leigh

Written by

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Mike Leigh ... (written by)

Produced by

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Simon Channing Williams ... producer
James Clayton ... executive producer
Gail Egan ... executive producer
David Garrett ... executive producer
Georgina Lowe ... co-producer
Duncan Reid ... executive producer
Tessa Ross ... executive producer

Music by

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Gary Yershon

Cinematography by

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Dick Pope

Film Editing by

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Jim Clark

Editorial Department

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Greg Barrett ... digital intermediate producer
Stephen Bearman ... film scanner
Gavin Buckley ... first assistant editor
John Claude ... digital intermediate colorist
Hanh Nguyen ... editor trainee: FT2
Paul Shore ... on-line editor
Rachael Watmough ... digital intermediate coordinator
Jo Dale ... assistant editor (uncredited)
J.D. Funari ... trailer editor (uncredited)
Lance Spindler ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Nina Gold

Production Design by

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Mark Tildesley

Art Direction by

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Patrick Rolfe ... supervising art director
Denis Schnegg

Set Decoration by

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Michelle Day

Costume Design by

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Jacqueline Durran

Makeup Department

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Christine Blundell ... hair designer / make up designer
Chloe Meddings ... makeup assistant
Lesa Warrener ... makeup artist (as Lesa Warner)
Chloe Meddings ... junior hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Danielle Brandon ... production supervisor
Polly Duval ... post-production supervisor
Fiona Morham ... head of production: UK Film Council
Linda A. Borgeson ... executive in charge of post-production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Abbie Browne ... second assistant director
Chloe Chesterton ... key second assistant director
Melanie Heseltine ... third assistant director
Serena Plunkett ... third assistant director
Josh Robertson ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Bruce Barnes ... site supervisor
Jon Bates ... assistant stand-by props
Andrea Bond ... scenic painter
Gillian Campbell ... scenic painter
Phil Claxton ... scenic painter (as Phil Claxon)
Dan Crandon ... construction manager
Matt Danko ... scenic painter
Quentin Davies ... prop storeman
Arwel Evans ... stand-by art director
David Gray ... stand-by rigger
Nadine Herrmann ... art department assistant
Jason Htay ... carpenter
Ben Johnson ... standby props
Ben Johnson ... stand-by props
Katrina Mackay ... assistant art director (as Katrina Dunn)
Garry Moore ... stand-by carpenter
Lara Murray ... scenic painter
Tim Powis ... workshop supervisor
Kathryn Pyle ... production buyer
Ben Rai-Green ... carpenter
Ifan Ramage ... dressing props
Jody Raynes ... supervising scenic painter
Simon Scullion ... scenic painter
Nick Thomas ... property master
Mick Treend ... carpenter
Paul Trend ... carpenter (as Paul Treend)
Libby Uppington ... dressing props
Mark Wallis ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Antony Bayman ... adr recordist (as Anthony Bayman)
Jason Canovas ... dialogue editor
Ben Collinson ... sound assistant
Robert Farr ... re-recording mixer
Les Fiddess ... foley artist
Tim Fraser ... sound recordist
Simon Hewitt ... foley artist
Alex Hudd ... sound consultant: dolby
Lionel Johnson ... assistant sound editor
Lionel Johnson ... assistant sound editor
Martin Oswin ... foley mixer
Mark Paterson ... re-recording mixer
Steve Schwalbe ... foley editor / foley supervisor
Alastair Sirkett ... additional sound effects editor
Nigel Stone ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Andy Thompson ... adr mixer
William Towers ... sound maintenance engineer (as Will Towers)
Tom Barrow ... boom operator: daily (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Ben Bradley ... digital artist
Lorraine Johnson ... film out supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Clark ... electrician
Pearce Crowley ... camera trainee (as Pearse Crowley)
John Evans ... clapper loader
Kevin Fitzpatrick ... best boy
Stefan Kopec ... stand-by rigger
Tom Lea ... electrician
Simon Mein ... still photographer
Matthew Moffat ... gaffer
Gavin Ogden ... electrician
Mike Parsons ... electrician
Dick Pope ... camera operator
Terry Roberts ... electrician
Gordon Segrove ... focus puller
Colin Strachan ... grip
Neil Flaherty ... second assistant camera: dailies (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Robert Sterne ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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David Crossman ... costume supervisor
Holly Waddington ... assistant costume designer
Tamsin Wright ... wardrobe mistress

Location Management

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Jonah Coombes ... location manager
Hannah Lamb ... location trainee
Amy McCombe ... assistant location manager
Amie Tridgell ... location assistant
Josh Yudkin ... assistant location manager
Charlotte Wright ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Mat Bartram ... assistant music engineer
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Terry Davies ... conductor
Calna de la Mare ... musician: violin
Liz Edwards ... musician: violin
Andrew Findon ... musician: flute (as Andy Findon)
Clare Finnimore ... musician: viola
Andrew Glen ... music editor (as Andy Glen)
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestra contractor
William Hawkes ... musician: viola (as Bill Hawkes)
Patrick Herrild ... musician: euphonium
Tim Jones ... musician: french horn
Julian Leaper ... musician: violin
Tim Lines ... musician: clarinet
Rita Manning ... musician: violin
John Parricelli ... musician: guitar
Colin Rae ... music preparation
George Robertson ... musician: viola
Nina Robertson ... musician: flute
Kleanthi Savidge ... music clearances
Mary Scully ... musician: bass
Richard Simpson ... musician: oboe
Richard Skinner ... musician: bassoon
Owen Slade ... musician: euphonium
Sonia Slany ... musician: lead violin / orchestra leader
Gary Thomas ... music recording engineer
Derek Watkinson ... musician: trumpet
Jonathan Williams ... musician: cello

Transportation Department

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Paul Brosnan ... transportation captain: facilities
Danny Brown ... transportation captain: facilities
Simon Dennis ... unit driver
John Doran ... unit driver
Nigel Howard ... driver: facilities
Steve John ... driver: facilities
Mick Joslyn ... driver: unit minibus
Andy Levett ... driver: facilities
Martin Walsh ... driver / driver: facilities
Dave Williams ... facilities driver
David N. Williams ... driver: facilities (as David Williams)

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Chris Allies ... title designer
Rhona Alsworth ... insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Pip Ayers ... epk unit: Special Treats (as Pip Ayres)
Daren Bailey ... marine coordinator
Debbie Banbury-Morley ... clearance advisor (as Debbie Banbury)
Isabel Baquero ... choreographer / flamenco dance consultant
Nik Bower ... production executive: Ingenious Film Partners
Colin Burrows ... epk unit: Special Treats
Sally Caplan ... head of premiere fund: UK Film Council
Guillaume de Chalendar ... commercial affairs: Ingenious Film Partners
Graham Easton ... completion bond: Film Finances Ltd
Will Evans ... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Karen Fayerty ... unit nurse
Mark Fielding ... finance: Ingenious Film Partners
Gretta Finer ... legal services: Filmn4
Ellen Fraser ... legal and business affairs: Ingenious Media Services Limited
Paul Grindey ... head of business affairs: Film4
Oliver Hazell ... floor runner
Vince Holden ... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Nick Kay ... production runner (as Nicholas Kay)
Edith Kähler ... assistant to producer
Bek Leigh ... accountant: Thin Man Films
Clem Leneghan ... health and safety advisor (as Clem Lenergham)
Jo Littlejohn ... accounting assistant
Andrew Matosich ... legal counsel: Summit Entertainment
Sarah McBryde ... production coordinator
Justin Miller ... assistant accountant
Jane Moore ... distribution: Ingenious Film Partners
Tessa Morgan ... secretary to producer
Clive Noakes ... laboratory liaison
Robert Norris ... solicitor
Kevin O'Shea ... insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Richard Philipps ... solicitor
Jonathan Rutter ... publicist: Premier PR
Justin Savage ... epk unit: Special Treats
Heather Storr ... script supervisor
Nikki Thornhill ... insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Peter Touche ... operations: Ingenious Media Services Limited
Will Tyler ... production accountant
Isabelle Duvoisin ... press attache: France (uncredited)
Jérôme Jouneaux ... press attache: France (uncredited)
Matthieu Rey ... press attache: France (uncredited)
Helen Varty ... assistant: Tessa Ross (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Poppy Cross is happy-go-lucky. At 30, she lives in Camden: cheeky, playful, frank while funny, and talkative to strangers. She's a conscientious and exuberant primary-school teacher, flatmates with Zoe, her long-time friend; she's close to one sister, and not so close to another. In this slice of life story, we watch her take driving lessons from Scott, a dour and tightly-wound instructor, take classes in flamenco dance from a fiery Spaniard, encounter a tramp in the night, and sort out a student's aggressive behavior with a social worker's help. Along the way, we wonder if her open attitude puts her at risk of misunderstanding or worse. What is the root of happiness? Written by

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Taglines The one movie this fall that will put a smile on your face. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Untitled Mike Leigh Project (United Kingdom)
  • Be Happy (France)
  • Happy, un cuento sobre la felicidad (Spain)
  • Hajrá, boldogság! (Hungary)
  • Kar brez skrbi (Slovenia)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP385,190, 20 Apr 2008

Did You Know?

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Trivia The role of Poppy was written specifically for Sally Hawkins. See more »
Goofs Poppy cycles South of the river over Blackfriars Bridge but gets off in postcode EC1 (shown on a road sign), which is north of the river. A minute later, when she walks into a shop, she's in SE1 - which is where she should have ended up. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Happy-Go-Lucky: Mike Leigh's Characters (2008). See more »
Soundtracks Common People See more »
Quotes [repeated line]
Scott: En-ra-ha!
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