DEAN SPANLEY

By Toa FRASER

NZ FILM - NEW ZEALAND FILM COMMISSION - as FIN

Drama - Completed 2008

The whimsical tale of a father and son and their encounters with the eccentric Dean Spanley.

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • NEW ZEALAND
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Toa FRASER
    • Writer(s)
    • Alan SHARP
    • Producer(s)
    • Alan HARRIS (Atlantic Film Group), Matthew METCALFE (General Film Corporation)
    • Synopsis
    • Peter O’Toole’s stiff upper lipped Edwardian Londoner, Fisk Senior, is a sharp witted and emotionally stifled widower who refuses to mourn the tragic loss of either his younger son or wife, and whose awkward weekly Thursday meetings with his only remaining child, Fisk Junior - a genteel academic played by Jeremy Northam - are dreary, stilted rituals without joy or purpose. It is only through their bizarre encounters with a strange clergyman, Dean Spanley (played by Sam Neill) that Fisk Senior finds his heart, and father and son are reconciled.
    • Partners & financing
    • UK-NZ co-production is a General Film and Atlantic Film production, financed by Aramid Capital Partners, NZ Film Production Fund, NZFC, Lipsync Productions and Screen East.
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