Dean Spanley (15)

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Drama

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Time Out rating:

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Time Out says

Tue Dec 9 2008

Small film, big delight. New Zealand playwright-turned-director Toa Fraser has made a fine fist of adapting the curious, titular 1930s book by idiosyncratic Anglo-Irish writer Lord Dunsany. Jeremy Northam, in a characteristically unostentatious performance, is our sympathetic guide through this tantalising trip into the strange world(s) of Edwardian England. He plays the long-suffering son of ageing curmudgeon Peter O’Toole, to whom he introduces Sam Neill’s eccentric Dean,  thus triggering a series of evening conversations which conjure up all manner of mind-boggling revelations elicited from liberal libations of a rare Hungarian Tokay wine… The director’s comfort in his surroundings –whether it be comportment, dress or interior design – match his gently mischievous delight in the vagaries of the custom-locked but free-ranging mind of the time. This nicely acted drama, in quietly intimating the quirky familial relations and peculiar fascinations of the era – not least with the transmigration of souls, mysticism and the supernatural – delivers a highly pleasurable if modest experience and a sweet tribute to the old traditions of the shaggy dog story.
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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Dec 12, 2008

Duration:

100 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Toa Fraser

Screenwriter:

Alan Sharp

Cast:

Peter O'Toole, Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown

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R.Hart

Brilliant little story.Wonderful acting.I had forgotten what a pleasure it is to watch a simple well acted story(with a sting in the tail)O,Toole as usual brilliant ably supported by a great cast

R.Hart

Brilliant little story.Wonderful acting.I had forgotten what a pleasure it is to watch a simple well acted story(with a sting in the tail)O,Toole as usual brilliant ably supported by a great cast

Margie

Delightful. Wonderful acting, an engrossing, original storyline and an excellent way to spend an evening at the cinema.

Margie

Delightful. Wonderful acting, an engrossing, original storyline and an excellent way to spend an evening at the cinema.

Dunc

I still can't decide whether this film was a little masterpeice or complete twaddle! Whatever, the acting was superb the direction wonderfully atmospheric. I certainly haven't seen a more original and thought-provoking film than this in a long time, well worth a visit!

Dunc

I still can't decide whether this film was a little masterpeice or complete twaddle! Whatever, the acting was superb the direction wonderfully atmospheric. I certainly haven't seen a more original and thought-provoking film than this in a long time, well worth a visit!

kate

I found this slow and more like a poor TV play than an engaging outing. The film dragged for the first half or more and then just became weird. I usually like both Peter O'Toole and Sam Neil but I don't understand how this script got funding to be filmed or why these excellent actors agreed to perform in it!

Helen

A stunningly delightful film. Toa Fraser's direction of Alan Sharp's screenply delivers a story that moves effortlessly from hilarious to genuinely heart-wrenching without missing a beat. All of the acting is superb. One of the few films I could easily watch over and over.

Helen

A stunningly delightful film. Toa Fraser's direction of Alan Sharp's screenply delivers a story that moves effortlessly from hilarious to genuinely heart-wrenching without missing a beat. All of the acting is superb. One of the few films I could easily watch over and over.

Niathedog

Briil, a must watch and not to be missed by dog lovers(me), P O toole lovers (me) or anyone else