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Waking David (2016)

| Drama | 2016 (UK)
Ask no questions, hear no lies.

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Kevin Nash
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4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Kristy Bruce Kristy Bruce ... Amy
Shane Bruce Shane Bruce ... Julie
Mark Katz ... Simon
Harriet Madeley ... Scarlett
Paul Mooney Paul Mooney ... Greg
Rob Tofield Rob Tofield ... Drunk Man
Kathryn Worth Kathryn Worth ... Helen
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A family drama of powerful intensity, Kevin Nash's debut feature takes its cue from the Mike Leigh playbook. A young American woman arrives in England seeking to reconnect with her father's family, only to find them peculiarly reticent about her arrival. Delving deeper, she slowly uncovers a web of trauma, deceit and repressed memory attached to her father's legacy. Brimming with excellent performances and powerful scenes of dramatic revelation, Nash's control of a drama predominantly set in one house is impressive, especially given that the performances here are largely improvised. Written by East End Film Festival

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Stunning.
8 December 2020 | by andellisSee all my reviews

Stunning. Though it starts with a young American woman delivering a conference speech, the backdrop is utterly British: lack of communication and the resulting misinterpretation of the signals of others and the inevitable construction of false narratives. Life is a tawdry business. You can pretty up your environment as much as you like (Wedgwood blue walls, carefully arranged accoutrements), but you remain ugly and wounded inside, hiding the unspeakable. And for each of the players it's always about me. My pain. Everyone quaffing alcohol, the only way the Brits can undo their corseted tormented psychology. Nash and his screenwriters Kristy and Shane Bruce (respectively playing Amy and Julie) honed this tale down to a tee, and nailed it. A remarkable achievement, ultimately because it's a woman's film: by women and for women.


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2016 (UK) See more »

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