Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things

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Director: Stephen Fry

Cast: Emily Mortimer, Stephen Campbell Moore, James McAvoy

     
 

British writer/actor Stephen Fry makes his feature-film debut with the witty, sophisticated comedy Bright Young Things, adapted from Evelyn Waugh's 1930 novel Vile Bodies. Set in London during the '30s, this stylish period film follows an ensemble cast of well-dressed and highly literate partygoers. Aspiring writer Adam Fenwick-Symes (stage actor StephenSee more details below

Overview

British writer/actor Stephen Fry makes his feature-film debut with the witty, sophisticated comedy Bright Young Things, adapted from Evelyn Waugh's 1930 novel Vile Bodies. Set in London during the '30s, this stylish period film follows an ensemble cast of well-dressed and highly literate partygoers. Aspiring writer Adam Fenwick-Symes (stage actor Stephen Campbell Moore) loses the manuscript of his first novel when traveling through customs. He then sets out to raise enough money to marry his sweetheart, Nina Blount (Emily Mortimer), the daughter of a colonel (Peter O'Toole). All in the name of love, Adam seeks funding through a constant stream of parties, meetings, and conversations with eccentric acquaintances. Cameo appearances are made by the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Simon Callow, and Stockard Channing. Bright Young Things was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A beautifully shallow spectacle, Stephen Fry's debut Bright Young Things is a fine way to pass the time. The fast-paced script of playful banter is delivered with charm from the cast of seasoned theatrical stage actors. Newcomer Stephen Campbell Moore is generally likable as the young writer Adam Fenwick-Symes, a cute leading man caught up in a world of excessive partying. Emily Mortimer is a little irritating as his materialistic fiancée, Nina, but she still carries herself with enough grace to care about her. Other remarkable performances include Michael Sheen as the delicious dandy Miles and Fenella Woolgar as the flapper girl Agatha Runcible. In one of the most fun scenes, an intoxicated Agatha dons a pair of riding goggles and accidentally takes over as driver in a wacky car race. Cameos from Dan Aykroyd, Stockard Channing, and Peter O'Toole are quite brief, but understandably so. The real attraction here is the fabulous period production design, costumes, and original score. The hedonistic youth of the title are lovely to look at as they dance, drink, and practice their conversation skills in fashionable environments. The silly happy ending ties up the romantic plot nicely with the right amount of fuss. While not very emotionally complex, Bright Young Things manages to be exciting entertainment for fans of Oscar Wilde-style wit and '30s glamour.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
UPC:
0794043779022
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
15,585

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary; Stephen Fry: Director; From the Bottom Up: The Making of Bright Young Things

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emily Mortimer Nina Blount
Stephen Campbell Moore Adam
James McAvoy Simon Balcairn
Michael Sheen Miles
David Tennant Ginger Littlejohn
Fenella Woolgar Agatha Runcible
Jim Carter Chief Customs Officer
Julia McKenzie Lottie Crump
Peter O'Toole Colonel Blount
John Mills Actor
Bill Paterson Actor
Nigel Planer Actor
Nicholas LePrevost Actor
Imelda Staunton Actor
Angela Thorne Actor
Margaret Tyzack Actor
Alex Barclay Actor
Simon McBurney Actor
Guy Henry Actor
Alec Newman Actor
Ivan Marevich Actor

Technical Credits
Stephen Fry Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Tim Alban Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Auty Executive Producer
Henry Braham Cinematographer
Wendy Brazington Casting
Gina Carter Producer
Miranda Davis Producer
Anne Dudley Score Composer
Claire Eastman Choreography
Andrew Eaton Executive Producer
Nic Ede Costumes/Costume Designer
Judy Farr Set Decoration/Design
Jim Greenhorn Sound/Sound Designer
Cordelia Hardy Asst. Director
Caroline Hewitt Co-producer
Michael Howells Production Designer
Lynne Huitson Art Director
Peter King Makeup
Alex Mackie Editor
Neil Peplow Executive Producer
Jim Reeve Executive Producer
Steve Robbins Executive Producer
Michael Winterbottom Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [4:44]
2. Travelling Home [7:00]
3. Nina [7:27]
4. Dashing Party [4:17]
5. Morning News [4:33]
6. Dad's Blessing [3:41]
7. High Spirits [4:25]
8. Lunch With Simon [4:23]
9. Bail [6:21]
10. Front Page News [4:48]
11. New Mr. Chatterbox [3:35]
12. At the Races [8:13]
13. Tiger's Fans [5:06]
14. Spare Driver [2:27]
15. Visiting Agatha [3:50]
16. Parties [5:10]
17. Paying Bills [5:28]
18. War [5:53]
19. Meeting Tommy [3:53]
20. End Credits [5:21]

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