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The Greyness of Autumn (2012)

The Greyness of Autumn follows the final days of the life of Danny McGuire, an ostrich living in Scotland. Danny's life is suddenly turned upside down when he loses his job and his girlfriend in the same day.

Director:

Chris Quick
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Cast

Cast overview:
Duncan Airlie James ... Danny McGuire (voice)
Amy E Watson ... Katie
Steven Patrick ... Mr. Jenkins
Chris Quick ... Nelson (voice)
Andrew O'Donnell Andrew O'Donnell ... Jimmy Guinness
Neil Francis ... Barry
Euan Cuthbertson Euan Cuthbertson ... The Interviewer
David Marshall ... Kyle
David R. Montgomery ... Restaurant Manager
Dave Cullen-Wills ... The Mugger
Tom Moriarty ... Mr. Harrison
Andy S. McEwan ... Office Worker
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The Greyness of Autumn follows the final days of the life of Danny McGuire, an ostrich living in Scotland. Danny's life is suddenly turned upside down when he loses his job and his girlfriend in the same day. As Danny struggles to reinvent himself in a society that treat him as a second class citizen, he questions whether there is much point living in a world that will never see past the feathers. Written by C Quick

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 2012 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£250 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of Danny has often been mistaken for a duck. See more »

Goofs

The film is meant to be set during the autumn but the mugger is dressed in winter clothing See more »

Quotes

Danny McGuire: Can his precious hands pleasure you in the way my beak can?
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Connections

Followed by Autumn Never Dies (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

One Good Reason
Performed by Alan Tennie
Music by Alan Tennie
Lyrics by Alan Tennie
Produced by Alan Tennie Music
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A Unique Persepctive Into the Troubled Life of Danny McGuire
1 April 2014 | by angiequidimSee all my reviews

Danny McGuire is a peculiar person similar to the comic styling of Louie CK. The short film is narrated by him and it progresses through the troubles in his life going from bad to worse. I was expecting to hear the sad tale of a man who no longer fit into society. Much to my surprise I saw a sock puppet with a beak. Then I saw another puppet; a monkey with a particular fetish for cornflakes and soft core porn. Just the addition of these two elements changed the drama to a comedy; a black comedy with a delicious taste of sarcasm. Suddenly the dialogue was different. The comments Danny made about his life although dreary and morose seemed comical. The situations turned from bad to worse; all because of the addition of a puppet. I don't know if it is the stigma of society that when we see a puppet, no matter how depressing things are, there is always a bright side of life.

Such a strong message is portrayed by brilliant writer and director Chris Quick. The integration of cinematic elements and the comedic use of puppets also reminds me of Seth McFarlane's Ted. The comedic genius of the dialog from both Chris Quick and Andy S. McEwan address the social commentary about the human condition and the power of perception. Despite its low budget feel, the laughs contained in the dialog will only have you wanting more. I am looking forward to the next project from this team.


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