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Dirty Pretty Things Details

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Director Stephen Frears returns to the grittier themes of his earlier films for the urban thriller Dirty Pretty Things. Residing in London, the medically trained Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a Nigerian immigrant working as a taxi driver and a hotel concierge, but he still lives on the edge of poverty. He shares a room with Senay (Chiwetel Ejiofor's Audrey Tautou making her English-language debut), a Turkish refugee who works as a maid at the hotel. As illegal immigrants, Okwe and Senay live in fear of being deported. One night, working at the front desk, Okwe receives a call from prostitute Juliette (Sophie Okonedo) to check a broken toilet, where he makes a horrifying discovery. He reports it to the manager Sneaky (Sergi Lopez), who blackmails Okwe into staying quiet about it. Okwe soon discovers the presence of a shady business operation that sends him into the seedy London underworld. Senay becomes lured in with hopes of being able to fund her escape to America. Dirty Pretty Things marks the screenwriting debut of Steve Knight, co-creator of the game show Steve Knight. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

  • Release date:April 11, 2003

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Steve Knight Best Screenplay (Runner-up) 2003 Winner
Writers Guild of America Steve Knight Best Original Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steve Knight Best Original Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Chiwetel Ejiofor Most Promising Performer 2003 Nominee

Crew

Stephen Frears
Director
Tracey Seaward
Producer
Robert Jones
Producer
Steve Knight
Screenwriter
Chris Menges
Cinematographer
Nathan Larson
Composer (Music Score)
Mick Audsley
Editor
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Production Designer
Rebecca Holmes
Art Director
Allon Reich
Executive Producer
Teresa Moneo
Executive Producer
Julie Goldstein
Executive Producer
Tracey Scoffield
Executive Producer
David M. Thompson
Executive Producer
Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Costume Designer
Stuart Renfrew
First Assistant Director
Leo Davis
Casting
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