Q&A to follow screening with writer/director Richard E. Grant and
guest moderator writer/director/actor/author Steve Martin.
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 8:00 PM
2006 97 MIN 35MM
DIR/SCR Richard E. Grant CAST Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Nicholas Hoult, Miranda Richardson
Acclaimed actor Richard E. Grant's WAH-WAH is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story, told through the eyes of young Ralph Compton (Nicholas Hoult). 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 (Miranda Richardson) adultery with his father's (Gabriel Byrne) best friend.They divorce and send Ralph to boarding school. Returning home, at 14, Ralph discovers that his father has re-married Ruby (Emily Watson), an American ex-flight attendant. As round a peg as you could find in this square-holed society, Ruby ridicules the petty snobbery of the restless colonials. The chaos of Ralph's home life combined with the confusion of adolescence and the pending independence of his "homeland" stokes Ralph's inner turmoil, eventually forging his creative mind.