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Writer/director Paul Morrison, who directed the cross-cultural period drama Paul Morrison, returns to similar ground, though in a lighter vein, with Wondrous Oblivion. Sam Smith stars as David Wiseman, a Jewish boy living in London in 1960 who dreams of being a world-class athlete. David is totally obsessed with cricket, and loves playing, even though he is one of the worst players at his school. His parents, Ruth (Emily Woof of Emily Woof) and Victor (Stanley Townsend), are struggling with the bigoted residents of their working-class neighborhood, but the neighbors get a bit more friendly to the Wisemans when Dennis (Delroy Lindo), a Jamaican laborer, and his family move in next door. David is shocked and delighted when he realizes that Dennis and his daughter, Judy (Leonie Elliott), are installing a cricket pitch in their backyard. Before long, and against the wishes of his worried parents, David is spending a lot of time next door, becoming very friendly with Judy, and becoming a much better cricket player. Ruth gradually warms to Dennis, but the rest of the neighborhood grows increasingly hostile. Wondrous Oblivion was presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of the 2005 New York Jewish Film Festival. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:July 21, 2006


Delroy Lindo
as Dennis Samuels
Emily Woof
as Ruth Wiseman
Stanley Townsend
as Victor Wiseman
Angela Wynter
as Grace Samuels
Naomi Simpson
as Dorothy Samuels


Paul Morrison
Jonny Persey
Paul Morrison
Nina Kellgren
Ilona Sekacz
Composer (Music Score)
David Freeman
Eve Stewart
Production Designer
Tom Read
Supervising Art Director
Lesley Stewart
Stewart Le Marechal
Associate Producer
Michael Kuhn
Executive Producer
David Kosse
Executive Producer
Kevin Loader
Executive Producer
Anushia Nieradzik
Costume Designer
Danny Hambrook
Sound/Sound Designer
Toby Whale
Joan McCann
Graham Longhurst
Special Effects Supervisor