Wah-Wah

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Drama Comedy
  • Release year: 2005
  • Running time: 120 min
Acclaimed actor Richard E. Grant's "Wah-Wah" is a semi-autobiographical "coming-of-age at the end of an age" story, told through the eyes of young Ralph Compton. Set during the last gasp of the British Empire in Swaziland, South East Africa, in 1969,... read more
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Acclaimed actor Richard E. Grant's "Wah-Wah" is a semi-autobiographical "coming-of-age at the end of an age" story, told through the eyes of young Ralph Compton. Set during the last gasp of the British Empire in Swaziland, South East Africa, in 1969, the plot focuses on the dysfunctional Compton family whose gradual disintegration mirrors the end of British rule. As an 11-year-old, Ralph witnesses his mother's adultery with his father's best friend. His parents divorce and Ralph is sent to boarding school. His father, Harry (Gabriel Byrne), not only loses his wife (Miranda Richardson) and best friend, but also his position as Minister of Education with the coming of Independence, prompting his rapid descent into alcoholism. Now 14, Ralph (Nicholas Hoult) returns home to discover that his father has re-married an American ex-air "hostess" named Ruby whom his father has known all of six weeks. As round a peg as you could find in this square holed society, Ruby (Emily Watson) ridicules the petty snobbery of the restless colonials whose chief amusements are gin, adultery, and their foppish slang of "toodle-pip" and "hobbly-jobbly" -- that Ruby identifies as sounding like "Wah-Wah." Although Ralph is initially wary of Ruby, he bonds with her as his father's drinking escalates and becomes dangerously out of control. It's this chaos that stokes Ralph's inner turmoil, and eventually forges his creative mind.

Original Release

08/17/2005

US Release

05/12/2006

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Cast

Gabriel Byrne Harry Compton
Julie Walters Gwen Traherne
Miranda Richardson Lauren Compton
Emily Watson Ruby Compton
Nicholas Hoult Ralph Compton - 14 years
Celia Imrie Lady Riva Hardwick
Zac Fox Ralph Compton - 11 years old / Ralph Compton - 11 years
Julian Wadham Charles Bingham
Fenella Woolgar June Broughton
John Matshikiza Dr. Zim Mzimba
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Richard E. Grant

Writers

Richard E. Grant

Cast

Gabriel Byrne Harry Compton
Julie Walters Gwen Traherne
Miranda Richardson Lauren Compton
Emily Watson Ruby Compton
Nicholas Hoult Ralph Compton - 14 years
Celia Imrie Lady Riva Hardwick
Zac Fox Ralph Compton - 11 years old / Ralph Compton - 11 years
Julian Wadham Charles Bingham
Fenella Woolgar June Broughton
John Matshikiza Dr. Zim Mzimba
Sid Mitchell Vernon
John Carlisle Sir Gifford Hardwick / Sir Giffard Hardwick
Mathokoza Sibiya Dozen
Sindisiswe Nxumalo Regina
Michael Richard Tobias
Caroline Smart Taj
Ian Roberts John Traherne
Olivia Grant Monica
Sibusiso Mamba Father Ndlovu
Tony Hatton Mr. Parker

Producers

Julia Blackman Executive Producer
Jeremy Nathan Executive Producer
Joel Phiri Executive Producer
Jeff Abberley Producer
Pierre Kubel Producer
Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar Producer
Chris Curling Producer
Pascal Ralite Producer

Editors

Isabelle Dedieu

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