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An Awfully Big Adventure

Fortnight 1995, Feature film, 1 h 52


Liverpool, 1950. Stella Bradshaw never knew her father and was abandoned at an early age by her mother. Now she lives with her Uncle Vernon and Auntie Lil. Uncle Vernon encourages her theatrical aspirations, hoping this will channel her fiery temperament and enormous energy. She gets a job as assistant manager at the Liverpool Playhouse, and falls in love – or imagines she does – with the charismatic actor/manager Meredith Potter. As the company’s production of “Peter Pan” approaches, actor PL O’Hara is summoned back to Liverpool to play Captain Cook. He is intigued by the blossoming Stella, and she loses her virginity to him. But she also loses a little more of her innocence as the company’s somewhat sordid personal dramas are played out in front of her wide open eyes.


Mike Newell

He was born in a family of actors. He graduated in Cambridge and studied direction. He entered the Granada Television and became an independant director for the London Weekend Television and the BBC. Among his most popular dramas for TV, are Brassneck, Jill and Jack, Gift of Friendship and Baa Baa Black Sheep that won an Emmy Award. He made his first feature film in 1976. Three of his movies were shown at The Directors’ Fortnight in 1985, 1988 and 1995. Four Wedding and a Funeral was one of his biggest success in 1994.

Alan Cox
Alan Rickman
Alun Armstrong
Edward Petherbridge
Georgina Cates
Hugh Grant
Nicola Pagett
Peter Firth
Prunella Scales
Rita Tushingham

Charles Wood, d’après le roman de Beryl Bainbridge

Dick Pope

Peter Sutton

Jon Gregory

Richard Hartley

Set decoration
Mark Geraghty

Production : Portman Wolfhound Productions, Londres, Grande-Bretagne Vente à l’étranger : UGC DA International, Neuilly, France