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Late Flowering Lust (1994)

This movie is a combination of mime and dance that accompanies the "voiced-over" lyrics of a selection of poems by John Betjeman. Altogether, this movie portrays the events of a weekend party at an English country house.


David Hinton


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Credited cast:
Rosie Allen Rosie Allen ... Dancer (as Adventures in Motion Pictures)
Scott Ambler ... Dancer (as Adventures in Motion Pictures)
Matthew Bourne Matthew Bourne ... Dancer (as Adventures in Motion Pictures)
Richenda Carey ... Mrs Fairclough
Jonathan Cecil ... Mr Fairclough
Maxine Dubois ... Dancer (as Adventures in Motion Pictures)
Ally Fitzpatrick Ally Fitzpatrick ... Dancer (as Adventures in Motion Pictures)
Andrew George Andrew George ... Dancer
Nigel Hawthorne ... Cousin John
Etta Murfitt ... Dancer (as Adventures in Motion Pictures)
Simon Murphy Simon Murphy ... Dancer


Late Flowering lust is a lot more wistful than it is lustful, but it is a real gem of a BBC production. It is a reading of a number of John Betjeman's poems by Nigel Hawthorne (Yes, Minister), one of which gives its title to the film. However the format is unique. The 'plot' is that 'Cousin John' (Hawthorne) is invited for a weekend at a country house. He, and owners of the house, are of the older generation and the daughter and all her friends are of the younger one. The action of the film consists of Nigel Hawthorne voicing-over the selected poems while the three older people mime the subject matter of each one and the 'bright young things' (who are a dance troupe - Adventures in Motion Pictures) dance the subject of each one. It doesn't sound like much to describe it as I have, you have to see it to realise just how original and creative it is. Very English, very amusing and very well done. It was choreographed by Matthew Bourne, and the music was composed by Jim Parker. The film ... Written by Padraig Boru

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Release Date:

1994 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK


Box Office


£250,000 (estimated)
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Golden days
5 May 2019 | by patlee2000See all my reviews

A wonderful production combining Betjeman's poetry, dance and glorious scenery of an England long gone.

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