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In the Bleak Midwinter Details

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When his professional career hits a lull, an actor attempts to revitalize his career by staging a production of Hamlet, directed by and starring himself. Director and star Kenneth Branagh would in fact release his own film version of Shakespeare's classic play a year later, but this comedy provides his fictional counterpart with far less in terms of production value. Lacking money and time, he recruits a rather motley group of drunks, incompetents, and oddballs, including a middle-aged female impersonator in the crucial role of Queen Gertrude. Given only three weeks of rehearsal, and an abandoned church in a remote town in the English countryside, this unlikely group nevertheless struggles valiantly to make theatrical magic. The film attempts to pay loving tribute to the madness that surrounds the staging of a play, with all of the backstage dramas, inevitable disasters, and unexpected triumphs, but the end result is often less amusing than it ought to be. The film was released in the United States under the title A Midwinter's Tale. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Kenneth Branagh Special Osella d'oro 1995 Winner

Cast

Michael Maloney
as Joe Harper (Hamlet)
Richard Briers
as Henry Wakefield (Claudius, the Ghost, and the Player
Nicholas Farrell
as Tom Newman (Laertes, Fortinbras, and messengers)
Gerard Horan
as Carnforth Grevilly
John Sessions
as Terry Du Bois (Queen Gertrude)
Hetta Charnley
as Molly
Joan Collins
as Margaretta D'Arcy
Celia Imrie
as Fadge
Jennifer Saunders
as Nancy Crawford
Julia Sawalha
as Nina Raymond (Ophelia)
Robert Hines
as Mortimer
Allie Byrne
as Tap Dancer
Brian Pettifer
as Ventriloquist
Patrick Doyle
as Scotsman
Shaun Prendergast
as Mule Train Man
Jennifer Saunders
as Nancy Crawford
Celia Imrie
as Fadge
Robert Hines
as Mortimer
Brian Pettifer
as Ventriloquist
Joan Collins
as Margaretta D'Arcy
Patrick Doyle
as Scotsman
Hetta Charnley
as Molly
Allie Byrne
as Tap Dancer
Julia Sawalha
as Nina Raymond (Ophelia)

Crew

Kenneth Branagh
Director
David Barron
Producer
Kenneth Branagh
Screenwriter
Roger Lanser
Cinematographer
Peter Glossop
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jimmy Yuill
Songwriter
Jimmy Yuill
Composer (Music Score)
Neil Farrell
Editor
Tim Harvey
Production Designer
Caroline Harris
Costume Designer
Simon Moseley
First Assistant Director
Jenny Shircore
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