Winter Guest


1h 46m 1997

Brief Synopsis

In a Scottish beach community filled with colorful locals, Frances, a newly widowed photographer, is toying with the idea of moving to Australia with her teenage son, Alex. Her mother aggressively forces her to choose between her loyalty to the living and the memory of the dead. While they argue, Alex is awkwardly approaching his first sexual experience with a young local girl while two old ladies are introduced as professional mourners who attend every funeral in town. The stories layer upon one another and address themes of life and death, age and youth.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Fine Line Features; Pangea Media Group; Peerless Camera Company; Snow Business International, Ltd.
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES; Arthaus Filmverleih; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Fine Line Features; Independent Talent Group; Medusa Film; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Moonlight Films; Scanbox Entertainment; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Tripictures; Village Roadshow Limited; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Location
Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Synopsis

In a Scottish beach community filled with colorful locals, Frances, a newly widowed photographer, is toying with the idea of moving to Australia with her teenage son, Alex. Her mother aggressively forces her to choose between her loyalty to the living and the memory of the dead. While they argue, Alex is awkwardly approaching his first sexual experience with a young local girl while two old ladies are introduced as professional mourners who attend every funeral in town. The stories layer upon one another and address themes of life and death, age and youth.

Crew

Blondel Aidoo

Visual Effects Producer

Chris Allies

Titles

Andy Atkins

Digital Artist

Miri Ben-shlomo

Makeup Artist

Joan Bergin

Costume Designer

Claire Best

Production Executive

Kevin Brazier

Dubbing Editor

Alison Campbell

Production Coordinator

Steve Clark-hall

Co-Producer

Darcey Crownshaw

Special Effects Supervisor

Neil Davidge

End Title Song Mixer

Ben Dickens

Ice Floe Constructor

Robin Cameron Don

Production Designer

Jerr Dunlap

3-D Digital Artist

Nigel Finch

Photography Of ("Jamie" Provider)

Flora Fleming

Other

Elizabeth Fraser

Song Performer ("Winter Guest Theme Song")

Russell Frazier

Digital Artist

Pete Graziano

Digital Artist

Diane Greaves

Foley Artist

Stephen Griffiths

Dubbing Editor

Elli Grigg

Art Director

Dan Hamilton

Effects Editor

Ben Howarth

Assistant Director

Heidy Hughes

Digital Artist

Dave Humphries

Dubbing Mixer

Emma James

Production Coordinator

Randt Jorgensen

Other

Brian Kaczynski

Location Manager

Michael Kamen

Music

Sara King

Executive In Charge Of Post-Production

Ivan Kyncl

Photography Of ("Jamie" Provider)

Ken Lipper

Producer

Jim Livolsi

Effects Facilities Producer

Sharman Macdonald

Play As Source Material ("The Winter Guest")

Sharman Macdonald

Screenwriter

Seamus Mcgarvey

Director Of Photography

Stephen Mclaughlin

Music Recordist/Mixer

Howard Minkow

Effects Coordinator

T J Morgan

Senior Digital Artist

Joyce Nettles

Casting

Chris Newman

Assistant Director

Colin Nicholson

Sound Recordist

Colin Nicolson

Sound Recordist

Gabriel O'brien

Wardrobe Manager

Jan Pester

Steadicam Operator

Matthew G Plec

Sgi Digital Artist

Edward Pressman

Producer

Pat Rambaut

Script Supervisor

Alistair Ray

Steadicam Operator

Alan Rickman

Screenwriter

Morag Ross

Chief Makeup Artist

Steve Rundell

Visual Effects Supervisor

Miguel Sapochnik

Storyboard Artist

Robert Scifo

Digital Matte Paintings

Ben Scott

Art Director

Michael Scott-law

Other

Dave Stewart

Other

Jason Swanscott

Foley Artist

Trevor Swanscott

Foley Mixer

Scott Thomas

Editor

Janice Tso

Supervising Digital Artist

Robby Vignato

Digital Artist

Alan J. Wands

Associate Producer

Simon Werry

Aerial Cameraman

Keith Young

Assistant Director

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Fine Line Features; Pangea Media Group; Peerless Camera Company; Snow Business International, Ltd.
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES; Arthaus Filmverleih; Diaphana Distribution; Diaphana Films; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Fine Line Features; Independent Talent Group; Medusa Film; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Moonlight Films; Scanbox Entertainment; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Tripictures; Village Roadshow Limited; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Location
Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) August 27 - September 6, 1997.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 9-19, 1997.

Shown at Flanders International Film Festival (in competition) in Ghent October 7-18, 1997.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 15-19, 1997.

Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival October 2-12, 1997.

Shown at London Film Festival (British Cinema) November 6-23, 1997.

Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 3-11, 1998.

Feature film writing and directing debut for actor Alan Rickman, who also directed "The Winter Guest" for the London stage.

Completed shooting December 6, 1996.

Began shooting October 14, 1996.

Phyllida Law, Emma Thompson's real-life mother, reprises her role of the mother from the London stage production.

Released in United States Winter December 23, 1997 (NY, LA, Toronto)

Released in United States December 24, 1997 (New York City and Los Angeles)

Limited Release in United States January 16, 1998

Released in United States on Video July 14, 1998

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (Closing Night) August 22 - September 2, 1997.)

Winner of the Gold Hugo for best film at the 1997 Chicago International Film Festival.

Nominated for 1997 European Actress of the Year (Emma Thompson) by the European Film Academy (EFA).

Released in United States Winter December 23, 1997

Released in United States December 24, 1997

Limited Release in United States January 16, 1998

Released in United States on Video July 14, 1998

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States October 1997

Released in United States November 1997

Released in United States July 1998

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (Closing Night) August 22 - September 2, 1997.

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) August 27 - September 6, 1997.)

Released in United States October 1997 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 9-19, 1997.)

Released in United States October 1997 (Shown at Flanders International Film Festival (in competition) in Ghent October 7-18, 1997.)

Released in United States October 1997 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 15-19, 1997.)

Released in United States October 1997 (Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival October 2-12, 1997.)

Released in United States November 1997 (Shown at London Film Festival (British Cinema) November 6-23, 1997.)

Released in United States July 1998 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 3-11, 1998.)