52nd edition

The Last September

Fortnight 1999, Feature film, 1h40

Synopsis

The action is set in County Cork, in southern Ireland, in 1920. Danielstown is a “Big House”, the country home of Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra. The Naylors belong to that class of Anglo-Irish aristocracy known as the Ascendancy, whose way of life – moneyed, graceful, essentially feudal – is coming to an end. The “native” Irish, carrying on the struggle for independence that began with the 1916 Rising, are engaged in a small-scale but murderous battle against the British Army in the form of the “Black and Tans”, a special force, consisting mainly of embittered veterans of the Great War, set up by the British to fight the IRA. The Naylors and their kind maintain a sceptical attitude to the war going on around them, insisting it is no more than the usual shenanigans that the natives have engaged in since time immemorial ; behind the facade of tennis parties and army camp dances, however, all know that the end is approaching.

Casting

  • David Tennant
  • Fiona Shaw
  • Gary Lydon
  • Jane Birkin
  • Jonathan Slinger
  • Keeley Hawes
  • Lambert Wilson
  • Maggie Smith
  • Michael Gambon
  • Richard Roxburgh

Team

Screenplay
John BanvilleAdapté du roman d’Elizabeth Bowen

Image
Slawomir Idziak

Editing
Kate Evans

Music
Zbigniew Preisner

Set decoration
Caroline Amies

Production

production : Yvonne Thunder, ScalaThunder Ltd / Matrix Films and Television / Zagros Ltd et Ima Films, 15 Frith Street, Londres W1V 5TS, Grande-Bretagne, Tél. : (44 171) 734 7060, Fax : (44 171) 437 3248 vente à l’étranger : UGC International, 2 rue des Quatre-Fils, 75003 Paris, France, Tél. : 33 (0)1 40 29 89 00, Fax : 33 (0)1 40 29 89 10