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While Parents Sleep

Brunel was the great might-have-been of British cinema. Tactless, radical, idiosyncratic, he was allowed frustratingly few outlets for his talents. His most prolific period was the mid '30s, when his sheer efficiency ensured him regular work making ultra-cheap 'quota quickies'. Thematic consistency is hardly likely where the sole consideration is cost, but Brunel's effectiveness as a stylist is remarkable. Here, with a stage play script, a couple of tatty sets, and a bunch of unknown actors, he produces a witty, sharply paced, economical essay on class and manners in inter-war Britain. It's ironic that while Brunel was energetically devoting his talents to programme fillers, the moguls of film production were bent on importing American and continental directors for their disastrously expensive 'prestige' productions.

Release details

Duration: 72 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Adrian Brunel
Screenwriter: Edwin Greenwood, John Paddy Carstairs, Jack Marks
Cast: Jean Gillie
Enid Stamp-Taylor
Mackenzie Ward
Romilly Lunge
Athole Stewart
Davy Burnaby