Someone Else

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Barely more than an hour long, Col Spector’s debut feature is a no-frills, London-set British film that’s defiantly everyday in its interests, but too slight to make enough of an impression, despite some perceptive scripting and the odd good performance. David (Stephen Mangan) is a portrait photographer (think a slimmer, younger Tim Spall in ‘Secrets and Lies’ rather than David LaChapelle) who’s uneasy in his three-year relationship with Lisa (Susan Lynch), who is ready for real commitment. No wonder David’s uneasy – he’s smitten with Nina (Lara Belmont), a younger woman who, disastrously for him, is no longer interested once he plucks up the courage to give old Lisa the heave-ho, leaving him free, single and… depressed. Oh, the grass is always greener on the other side of Parliament Hill.

It’s a perennial theme for drama good and bad, and Spector pushes all the right buttons by comparing David’s situation with his happily married friend, Michael (Sean Dingwall), and carefree single pal, Matt (Chris Coghill). What we get is a portrait of a man, none too unusual, who doesn’t know what makes him happy. Problematically, humans talk such banal guff when ending relationships – ‘I don’t want to hurt you’, ‘It’s me, not you’ – that it’s a challenge for any director to make such conversations look real, and while Spector nails the language, it’s impossible to take Mangan seriously at these moments: it looks like he might burst out laughing. Thankfully, Spector, who’s a fluid, straightforward director, resists the crutch of music until the final scene when he goes and blows it all by playing something stupid like… a Gary Barlow song.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday September 7 2007
Duration: 77 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Col Spector
Screenwriter: Col Spector, Radha Chakraborty
Cast: Stephen Mangan
John Henshaw
Susan Lynch
Chris Coghill
Shaun Dingwall
Lara Belmont

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David Shaw

I thought the guy who played Freddie Mercury briefly was quite a good impersonator, whats his name ?

David Shaw

I thought the guy who played Freddie Mercury briefly was quite a good impersonator, whats his name ?

N.Bronowski

Great movie!..very understated..and very British. Spectors decision to use a version of 'I want you back' sung by Russ Wilson (not Barlow)...actually makes the end of the movie...heartfelt and deeply personal. Which is what the characters struggle with throughout.

N.Bronowski

Great movie!..very understated..and very British. Spectors decision to use a version of 'I want you back' sung by Russ Wilson (not Barlow)...actually makes the end of the movie...heartfelt and deeply personal. Which is what the characters struggle with throughout.

N.Bronowski

Great movie!..very understated..and very British. Pectors decision to use a version of 'I want you back' sung by Russ Wilson (not Barlow)...actually makes the end of the movie...heartfelt and deeply personal. Which is what the characrters struggle with throughout.

N.Bronowski

Great movie!..very understated..and very British. Pectors decision to use a version of 'I want you back' sung by Russ Wilson (not Barlow)...actually makes the end of the movie...heartfelt and deeply personal. Which is what the characrters struggle with throughout.