Secrets & Lies


2h 22m 1996
Secrets & Lies

Brief Synopsis

A successful black woman locates her biological mother, a poor, white factory worker in East London.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hemligheter & lögner, Secretos y mentiras, Secrets and Lies, Secrets et mensonges
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Afm Lighting; Film Finances, Inc.; Joe Dunton & Company International, Inc.; Metrocolor; Peerless Camera Company; Roger Sampson; Set Meals; Thin Man Films, Ltd.; WB De Lane Lea
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/OCTOBER FILMS; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; CBS Video; Cinelibre; October Films; Rialto Films; Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige Ab (Sweden)
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 22m

Synopsis

Following the death of her adoptive parents, a successful young black optometrist establishes contact with her biological mother -- a lonely white factory worker living in poverty in East London. As the two warily forge a bond, they must learn to cope with the tensions and confusions of their extended families and the hidden truths that remain between them.

Cast

Marianne Jean-baptiste

Hortense Cumberbatch

Brenda Blethyn

Cynthia Purley

Timothy Spall

Maurice

Phyllis Logan

Monica Purley

Claire Rushbrook

Roxanne

Elizabeth Berrington

Jane

Michele Austin

Lee Ross

Paul

Lesley Manville

Social Worker

Ron Cook

Stuart

Emma Amos

Girl With Scar

Brian Boyell

Hortense'S Brother

Trevor Laird

Hortense'S Brother

Clare Perkins

Hortense'S Sister In Law

Elias Perkins Mccook

Hortense'S Nephew

June Mitchell

Senior Optometrist

Janice Acquah

Junior Optician

Keeley Flanders

Girl In Optician'S

Hannah Davis

Bride No 1

Terence Harvey

No 1 Bride'S Father

Kate O'malley

Bride No 2

Joe Tucker

Groom

Richard Syms

Vicar

Grant Masters

Best Man

Annie Hayes

Mother In Family Group

Jean Ainslie

Grandmother

Daniel Smith

Teenage Son

Lucy Sheen

Nurse

Francis Ruffelle

Young Mother

Felix Manley

Baby

Nitin Ganatra

Potential Husband

Metin Marlow

Conjuror

Amanda Crossley

Raunchy Woman

Su Elliot

Raunchy Woman

Di Sherlock

Raunchy Woman

Alex Squires

Triplet

Lauren Squires

Triplet

Sade Squires

Triplet

Dominic Curran

Little Boy

Stephen Churchett

Man In Suit

David Neilsen

Man In Suit

Peter Stockbridge

Man In Suit

Peter Waddington

Man In Suit

Rachel Lewis

Graduate

Paul Trussell

Grinning Husband

Denise Orita

Uneasy Woman

Margery Withers

Elderly Lady

Theresa Watson

Daughter

Gordon Winter

Laughing Man

Jonathan Coyne

Fiance

Peter Wight

Father In Family Group

Gary Mcdonald

Boxer

Alison Steadman

Dog Owner

Liz Smith

Cat Owner

Sheila Kelley

Fertil Mother

Angela Curran

Little Boy'S Mother

Linda Beckett

Pin Up Housewife

Philip Davis

Man In Suits

Wendy Tottingham

Glum Wife

Anthony O'donnell

Uneasy Man

Ruth Sheen

Laughing Woman

Mia Soteriou

Fiance

Sheila Kelley

Frances Ruffelle

Crew

Chris Allies

Titles

Graham Baker

Rigging Electrician

Sue Baker

Editor

Orin Beaton

Boom Operator

Hilly Benjamin

Art Director

Richard Blackmore

Generator Operator

Christine Blundell

Makeup Designer

Mick Boggis

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Jim Booth

Art Department

Lucy Bristow

Camera Focus Puller

Mike Carter

Assistant Location Manager

Kirstin Chalmers

Makeup

Kirstin Chalmers

Hair

Simon Channing-williams

Producer

Alison Chitty

Production Designer

Alan Coster

Electrician

Frankie Cox

Best Boy

Paul Cutler

Props

Marco Di Giulio

Electrician

Chas Dickie

Music

Andrew Dickson

Music

Ian Differ

Digital Effects Artist

Martin Duncan

Gaffer

Graham Easton

Other

Stephanie Faugier

Production Coordinator

Martin Fitzpatrick

Props

Valentina Giambanco

Assistant Editor

Theodore Goddard

Legal Counsel

Keith Grant

Music Engineer

Diane Greaves

Foley

Diane Greaves

Foley

Michelle Greaves

Foley

John Gregory

Editor

Loveday Harding

Boom Operator

Derek Holding

Adr Editor

Zerlina Hughes

Assistant Director

Guy Hunt

Carpenter

Philip Kenny

Production Executive

Michael Laird

Music

Mike Leigh

Screenwriter

David Lewisohn

Legal Counsel

Derek Lomas

Dialogue Editor

Peter Looby

Props

Georgina Lowe

Production Supervisor

Kate Mackenzie

Assistant Editor

Peter Maxwell

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Simon Mein

Still Photographer

Steve Mercer

Digital Effects Artist

Mark Mostyn

Location Manager

Bill Nixon

Driver

Clive Noakes

Color Timer

Nick Orlande

Construction Manager

Andy Ormisher

Rigging Gaffer

Jennie Osborn

1st Assistant Director

Step Parikian

Music Supervisor

Susie Parriss

Casting

Dick Pope

Director Of Photography

Dick Pope

Dp/Cinematographer

Zoe Porter

Wardrobe

Matthew Potts

Office Runner

Maria Price

Costume Designer

Tom Read

Props

Deborah Reade

Assistant

George Richards

Sound Recordist

George S Richardson

Sound Recorder

Josh Robertson

Assistant Director

Chris Rose

1st Assistant Director

Nick Rose

Property Master

Guy Rutter

Painter

Roger Sampson

Production Insurance

Ian Seymour

Assistant Editor

Dan Shoring

Loader

Dave Smith

Titles And Opticals

Paula Spinks

Assistant Director

Paddy Stern

Casting

Victoria Stevens

Digital Effects Artist

Eve Stewart

Art Director

Bianca Stone

Transportation

John Stone

Transportation

Heather Storr

Script Supervisor

Colin Strachan

Grip

Ted Swanscott

Adr

Ted Swanscott

Foley Mixer

Jacki Thomas

Wardrobe Assistant

Claire Thompson

Office Runner

Bill Trent

Foley Editor

Sarah Trowse

Accounting Assistant

Helen Tunstall

Music

Will Tyler

Production Accountant

Ivo Van Der Werff

Music

Kirstin Weguelin

Hair

Kirstin Weguelin

Makeup

Chris West

Music

Mark Westaway

Legal Counsel

Bill Wright

Driver

Allison Wyldeck

Costume Supervisor

Karen Yeaman

Digital Effects Artist

Film Details

Also Known As
Hemligheter & lögner, Secretos y mentiras, Secrets and Lies, Secrets et mensonges
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Afm Lighting; Film Finances, Inc.; Joe Dunton & Company International, Inc.; Metrocolor; Peerless Camera Company; Roger Sampson; Set Meals; Thin Man Films, Ltd.; WB De Lane Lea
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/OCTOBER FILMS; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; CBS Video; Cinelibre; October Films; Rialto Films; Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige Ab (Sweden)
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 22m

Award Nominations

Best Actress

1996
Brenda Blethyn

Best Director

1996

Best Original Screenplay

1996

Best Picture

1996

Best Supporting Actress

1996

Articles

Secrets & Lies


Following the death of her adoptive parents, a successful young black optometrist establishes contact with her biological mother -- a lonely white factory worker living in poverty in East London. As the two warily forge a bond, they must learn to cope with the tensions and confusions of their extended families and the hidden truths that remain between them.
Secrets & Lies

Secrets & Lies

Following the death of her adoptive parents, a successful young black optometrist establishes contact with her biological mother -- a lonely white factory worker living in poverty in East London. As the two warily forge a bond, they must learn to cope with the tensions and confusions of their extended families and the hidden truths that remain between them.

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States November 1, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 8, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 15, 1996

Expanded Release in United States February 14, 1997

Expanded Release in United States February 21, 1997

Expanded Release in United States February 28, 1997

Released in United States on Video April 15, 1997

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at New York Film Festival (Opening Night) September 27 - October 13, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 30 - September 2, 1996.)

Released in United States June 1996 (Shown at Sydney Film Festival June 7-22, 1996.)

Released in United States August 1996 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival August 2-12, 1996.)

Released in United States September 1996 (Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (Opening Film) September 13-21, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 10-20, 1996.)

Winner of the 1996 awards for Best Director and Best Actress (Brenda Blethyn) from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Winner of the Audience Award for best film at the 1996 Sydney Film Festival. Also named best film in a separate vote by Sydney film critics.

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. Also received the Best Actress Award (Brenda Blethyn), the International Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI), and the Ecumenical Jury Prize.

Released in United States Fall September 28, 1996

Released in United States October 4, 1996

Expanded Release in United States October 11, 1996

Expanded Release in United States October 18, 1996

Expanded Release in United States October 25, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 1, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 8, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 15, 1996

Expanded Release in United States February 14, 1997

Expanded Release in United States February 21, 1997

Expanded Release in United States February 28, 1997

Released in United States on Video April 15, 1997

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States June 1996

Released in United States August 1996

Released in United States September 1996

Released in United States October 1996

Shown at New York Film Festival (Opening Night) September 27 - October 13, 1996.

Shown at Sydney Film Festival June 7-22, 1996.

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival August 2-12, 1996.

Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (Opening Film) September 13-21, 1996.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 10-20, 1996.

Completed shooting August 12, 1995.

Began shooting May 29, 1995.

Released in United States Fall September 28, 1996

Released in United States October 4, 1996 (Los Angeles)

Expanded Release in United States October 11, 1996

Expanded Release in United States October 18, 1996

Expanded Release in United States October 25, 1996

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Picture from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Also cited for Best Actress (Brenda Blethyn) and Best Director.