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Dirty Pretty Things

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Synopsis

Dirty Pretty Things is an urban thriller in which an African night porter enlists the help of a prostitute, a chambermaid and a mortuary technician to solve a bizarre murder. Set in a world of asylum seekers that lies behind the familiar urban metropolis. It is a tale of two cities, both of them in London.

Pietter Okwe is a doctor who was framed for murder in Libreville and now scrapes a living in London, driving mini-cabs and working as a night-porter in a West End tourist hotel. When he discovers a human heart in one of the hotel rooms he knows that as an illegal alien working without papers he cannot ask too many questions. Okwe struggles with his sense of injustice as evidence emerges that the hotel is being used to remove human organs from third world donors. Finally, with the aid of a Turkish chambermaid, a hooker and a Chinese mortuary technician, he investigates the murder and enforces a bizarre poetic kind of justice. Dirty Pretty Things explores a Dickensian landscape of rag trade sweat shops, hotel kitchens and mini-cab venues in a London that most Londoners never see.

Details

Year
2002
Type of film
Features
Running Time
tbc
Format
35mm
Director
Stephen Frears
Producer
Paul Smith, David M Thompson, Tracey Scoffield, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein
Editor
Mick Audsley
Screenwriter
Steve Knight
Director of Photography
Chris Menges
Sound
Peter Lindsay
Principal Cast
Audrey Tautou, Sergi Lopez, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Wong

Genre

Production Company

Miramax/BBC Films/Celador Films
c/o Miramax International
Elsey House, 24-30 Great Titchfield Street
London W1W 8BF
UK

T 00 44 (0) 20 7535 8300
F 00 44 (0) 20 7535 8301

http://www.miramax.com

Sales
Company

Miramax/BBC Films/Celador Films
c/o Miramax International
Elsey House, 24-30 Great Titchfield Street
London W1W 8BF
UK

T 00 44 (0) 20 7535 8300
F 00 44 (0) 20 7535 8301

http://www.miramax.com