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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Details

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A late-'30s-era London governess hired to work in the home of a high-profile nightclub chanteuse gets a taste of the good life when she is assigned the task of sorting out the singer's many unseemly affairs in a period comedy starring Frances McDormand and adapted from the novel by Winifred Watson. Unfairly and unceremoniously dismissed from her latest position without so much as a penny of severance pay, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (McDormand) realizes that in order to stay financially afloat she'll need to find a new job fast. Though she has worn out her welcome at the unemployment office due to her propensity to loose jobs, she's determined to seize the day and keep an open mind. Before she's booted from the office, she takes note of a job opening that is a little outside of her experience, but decides to pursue it, pretending she is the prospective employee the office was planning to recommend. Becoming a "social secretary" may not be exactly what Miss Pettigrew had in mind when the time came to seek out a new job, yet she hopes that her enthusiasm will offset her inexperience and throws caution to the wind. Upon arriving at the penthouse of up-and-coming American entertainer Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams), the unassuming Miss Pettigrew becomes instantly swept up in the high-society milieu. But serving as social secretary to one of the busiest women in the city is no easy task, and before the day is over, Miss Pettigrew and her new charge will both learn a thing or two about life and love. Now, as Miss Pettigrew helps Delysia make informed career decisions and choose between one of three potential suitors, her own attraction to a handsome clothing designer named Joe (Ciarán Hands) could prove her undoing. Joe's current fiancée, Edythe (Shirley Henderson), is an insolent fashion maven with little patience for those she deems incompetent or unworthy of the spotlight, and she currently has her targets locked onto a certain social secretary who doesn't yet grasp the complex social mechanisms of the high-society lifestyle. Simon Beaufoy and David Magee co-author a screenplay directed by Bharat Nalluri. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:March 7, 2008

Cast

Frances McDormand
as Miss Guinevere Pettigrew
Amy Adams
as Delysia Lafosse
Lee Pace
as Michael
Ciarán Hinds
as Joe
Shirley Henderson
as Edythe
Mark Strong
as Nick
Clare Clifford
as Margery
Sarah Kants
as Annabel Darlington
Christina Cole
as Charlotte Warren
Beatie Edney
as Mrs. Brummegan
Matthew Ryan
as Gerry
Mo Zainal
as Lenny
Katy Murphy
as Miss Holt's Assistant
Sally Leonard
as Woman at Train Station
Tim Potter
as Nightclub Patron

Crew

Bharat Nalluri
Director
Nellie Bellflower
Producer
Stephen Garrett
Producer
Simon Beaufoy
Screenwriter
David Magee
Screenwriter
Winifred Watson
Book Author
John DeBorman
Cinematographer
Paul Englishby
Composer (Music Score)
Barney Pilling
Editor
Sarah Greenwood
Production Designer
Nick Gottschalk
Art Director
Niall Moroney
Art Director
Jane Frazer
Co-producer
Maggi Townley
Associate Producer
Frank Frattaroli
Executive Producer
Paul Webster
Executive Producer
Frances McDormand
Executive Producer
Katie Spencer
Set Designer
Michael O'Connor
Costume Designer
Chris Munro
Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Halloran
Stunts
Curtis Rivers
Stunts
Simon Fraser
Production Manager
Leo Davis
Casting
Alexandra Kosevic
Producer's Assistant
Enyo Mortty
Driver
Jamie Knight
Electrician
Maria Zubiuk
Craft Service/Catering
Synnove Godeseth
Assistant Location Manager
Tom Edmondson
Runner
Dave Ballard
Driver
Gayle Dickie
Runner
Harry Barnes
Foley Editor
Dave Brennan
Electrician
Lee McComish
Negative Cutter
Chuck Finch
Gaffer
Jaume Arteman
Compositor
Debbie Kaye
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Sam Haviland
Runner
Debbie Bryant
Driver
Sophie Tyler
Assistant Set Decorator
Mark Bellett
Driver
Kristin Theyers
Standby Properties
Mike Beaven
Driver
Colin Simmons
Driver
Kate Phillips
Visual Effects Producer
Jessica Cole
Producer's Assistant
Joan Washington
Dialect Coach
Leigh Gold
First Assistant Camera
Sandra McCallig
Assistant Editor
Colin Sheffield
Driver
John Crampton
Unit Production Manager
Michael Fentum
Sound Effects Editor
Aliza James
Assistant Location Manager
Barry Stephenson
Driver
Alex Ireland
Compositor
Chris Scannell
Craft Service/Catering
Daryn McLaughlan
Assistant Art Director
Tim Aslam
Assistant Costume Designer
Max Glickman
Second Assistant Camera
Zahara Mansouri
Assistant Choreographer
Su Westwood
Hair Styles
Su Westwood
Makeup
Dan Snape
Compositor
Hugh Goodbody
Special Effects Technician
Dave Hopkin
Driver
Maggie Phelan
Production Accountant
Anita Burger
Makeup
Anita Burger
Hair Styles
Dennis Wiseman
Properties Master
Peter Mercer
Driver
Paul Englishby
Conductor
Paul Englishby
Music Producer
Arthur Graley
Foley Artist
Rebecca Carrigan
Production Coordinator
Beth Hearn Keech
Producer's Assistant
Paul Weston
Stunts Coordinator
Malcolm McLean
Additional Cinematography
Anthony Wilcox
Second Assistant Director
Jules Baker-Smith
Assistant to the Director
Emma Brazier
First Assistant Accountant
Nigel Heath
Re-Recording Mixer
Fae Hammond
Makeup
Fae Hammond
Hair Styles
Thomas Taylor
Second Assistant Camera
Jan Maroske
Compositor
Dorrie Young
Art Department Assistant
Azzard Gordon
Matchmove Artist
Emma Pill
Location Manager
Julian Slater
Supervising Sound Editor
Georgina Gunner
Costumes Supervisor
Ian Copeland
Rotoscope Artist
Allan Bradshaw
Driver
Alec Gibson
Color Timing
Lesley Gogarty
Extra Casting
Lucie Graves
Post Production Supervisor
Lee Hosken
Standby Carpenter
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