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Wah-Wah

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Synopsis

Wah-Wah is a semi-autobiographical 'coming of age at the end of an Age' story, told through the eyes of young Ralph Compton. Set during the last gasp of the British Empire in Swaziland, South East Africa, in 1969, the plot focuses on the dysfunctional Compton family whose gradual disintegration mirrors the end of British rule.
 
As an 11 year-old, Ralph witnesses his mother's adultery with his father's best friend. His parents divorce and Ralph is sent to boarding school. Harry Compton not only loses his wife and best friend, but also his position as Minister of Education with the coming of Independence, prompting his rapid descent into alcoholism.
 
Now 14, Ralph returns home to discover that his father has re-married an American ex-airhostess called Ruby whom he has known all of six weeks. As round a peg as you could find in this square-holed society, Ruby ridicules the petty snobbery of colonial life by identifying colonial-speak as sounding like a load of old 'Wah-Wah'. Although Ralph is initially wary of Ruby, he bonds with her as his father's drinking escalates dangerously out of control.
 
Emotions climax against the backdrop of Swazi independence. Ralph throws himself into an amateur production of Camelot as a means to escape his hellish home life, falls in love and in the process begins to make sense of his turbulent relationship with his parents.

Details

Year
2005
Type of film
Features
Running Time
96 mins
Format
35mm
Director
Richard E Grant 1st Feature
Producer
Julia Blackman, Joel Phiri, Jeremy Nathan
Editor
Isabelle Dedieu
Screenwriter
Richard E Grant
Director of Photography
Pierre Aïm AFC
Production Designer
Gary Williamson
Sound
Dominique Levert
Music
Patrick Doyle
Principal Cast
Gabriel Byrne, Miranda Richardson, Julie Walters, Emily Watson, Nicholas Hoult, Celia Imrie

Genre

Production Company

Scion Films, Wah Film Productions, Lorna Nasha, IMG


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