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British documentary filmmaker Phil Agland turned to drama with this re-creation of Thomas Hardy's rural Wessex of the late 19th century, adapted from Hardy's 1887 novel. In the woodland Wessex community of Little Hintock, laconic woodsman Giles Winterbourne (Rufus Sewell) lives in a cottage belonging to the lady of the manor, Mrs. Charmond (Polly Walker). Peasant girl Marty (Jodhi May), who sells her hair to wigmakers, is attracted to Giles. However, Grace (Emily Woof, of Emily Woof), daughter of local timber-merchant Melbury (Tony Haygarth), returns home from finishing school. Giles and Grace were once childhood sweethearts, but class barriers now stand in their way. Grace marries young Dr. Fitzpiers (Cal MacAninch), and the happy newlyweds depart on their honeymoon. Fitzpiers' true snobbish colors begin to surface, and his philandering ways eventually lead Grace back to Giles. Shown at the 1997 London Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast

Emily Woof
as Grace Melbury
Rufus Sewell
as Giles Winterbourne
Cal Macaninch
as Dr. FitzPiers
Anthony Haygarth
as Mr. Melbury
Jodhi May
as Marty South
Polly Walker
as Mrs. Charmond
Walter Sparrow
as Old Creedle
Sheila Burrell
as Grandma Oliver

Crew

Phil Agland
Director
Phil Agland
Producer
Barney Reisz
Producer
David Rudkin
Screenwriter
Ashley Rowe
Cinematographer
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
Tim Arrowsmith
Editor
David Dickie
Editor
Andy Harris
Production Designer
John Frankish
Art Director
Susannah Buxton
Costume Designer
Mark Holding
Sound/Sound Designer
Konrad Jay
First Assistant Director
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