January 2, 2017


An Awfully Big Adventure – 1995 | 112 mins | Drama | Colour

Plot Synopsis

An Awfully Big Adventure

Subtle drama about backstage theatrical life in post-warLiverpool adapted from Beryl Bainbridge’s blackly comic novel. Mike Newell’s cynicalfilm focusing on grey and unpleasant people evokes the period’s oppressivenessand moral hypocrisies. Of the uniformly excellent ensemble cast, Hugh Grant is effectivelycast against type as the company’s seedy egomaniacal director and Alan Rickman‘sis suitably suave as the charismatic aging ham actor. Georgina Cates gives asparkling performance as the impressionable stagehand with an innocent soul.

Set in Liverpool in 1947. Naïve 16 year- Stella (GeorginaCates) old takes a job as an assistant stage manager with a small-time repertorytheatre company and becomes besotted with the monocled director, Meredith Potter(Hugh Grant), failing to realise that he is homosexual. When the company putson `Peter Pan’, one of its former leading actors, P.L. O’Hara (Alan Rickman),returns to play Captain Hook, and seduces her. An ugly confrontation betweenthe two men has tragic consequences.

Production Team

Mike Newell: Director
David Wilson: Art Direction
Dick Pope: Cinematography
Joan Bergin: Costume Design
Jon Gregory: Film Editing
Francesca Crowder: Makeup Department
Ann Buchanan: Makeup Department
Richard Hartley: Original Music
Hilary Heath: Producer
Philip Hinchcliffe: Producer
Mark Geraghty: Production Design
Charles Wood: Script
Sue Baker: Sound Department
Brian Blamey: Sound Department
Derek Holding: Sound Department
Peter Sutton: Sound Department


Alan Rickman: PL O\’Hara
Hugh Grant: Meredith Potter
Georgina Cates: Stella
Alun Armstrong: Uncle Vernon
Peter Firth: Bunny
Prunella Scales: Rose
Rita Tushingham: Aunt Lily
Nicola Pagett: Dotty Blundell
James Frain: John Harbour

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