Simon Magus


1h 46m 1999

Brief Synopsis

In a Central European shtetl in the nineteenth century, times are getting hard, as the community has lost many of its men to emigration and is facing a crisis of modernization. Dovid, a handsome, poor young Jew plans to build a railway station to put the town back on the map, and meanwhile is wooing

Film Details

Also Known As
Simon le magicien
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
Arp; Arts Council Of England National Lottery; Arts Council of England; British Screen Finance; Corbett & Keene; Creative Europe; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Hollywood Partners Medien Ag (Hp); Lucky Red; MIRAMAX; Ngp Film Services
Distribution Company
Independent Distribution Partnership (IDP); Arp; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Independent Distribution Partnership (Idp)
Location
Wales, United Kingdom; London, England, United Kingdom; Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Synopsis

In a Central European shtetl in the nineteenth century, times are getting hard, as the community has lost many of its men to emigration and is facing a crisis of modernization. Dovid, a handsome, poor young Jew plans to build a railway station to put the town back on the map, and meanwhile is wooing widow Leah. Simon is the town outcast, living on the fringes and often blamed for crop failures. He is easy prey for anti-Semitic aristocrat Maximilian Hase, who persuades Simon to spy on the villagers and help him foil Dovid's railway plan.

Crew

Robin Aherne

Local Props Maker

Steve Allett

Standby Props

Clotilde Aubury

Costume Assistant

Lawrie Ayres

Dressing Props

Beverly Binda

Makeup Artist

Chinna Boapeah

Boom Operator

Michael Boleyn

Construction Manager

David Brice

Other

Kate Bryden

Casting Assistant

Ian Buchan

Other

Matthew Carver

3rd Assistant Director

Michele Clapton

Costume Designer

Alan Clifford

Standby Carpenter

Alan Coster

Generator Operator

Laura Cresswell

Stand-In

Clive Curtis

Stunt Coordinator

Angela Davies

Production Designer

Paul Edwards

Steadicam Operator

Glyn Fielding

Grip

Susie Figgis

Casting Director

Dan Fontaine

Best Boy

Paul Franklin

Digital Special Effects Supervisor

Rebecca Gillies

Set Decorator

Rose Goodhart

Wardrobe Supervisor

Lee Gordon

Dressing Props

Andrew Griffin

Other

Stewart Hadley

Gaffer

Jim Hajicosta

Production Accountant

Russell Hanson

Property Master

James Heywood

Other

Alistair Hopkins

Post-Production Supervisor

Ben Hopkins

Screenwriter

David Horrill

Property Master

Stuart Hurst

Electrician

Paul Inglis

Standby Art Department

Paul Inglis

Other

Emily Jenkins

Art Department Assistant

Martyn John

Art Director

Robert Jones

Producer

Nic Knowland

Director Of Photography

Tom Knowland

Driver

Tom Knowland

Electrician

Hugo Lawrence

Assistant Editor

Joshua Lee

Camera Trainee

Alan Levy

Editor

Ann Lynch

Production Coordinator

Deborah Mollison

Music

Luke Morris

Assistant (To Producer)

Stuart Murdoch

Special Effects

Commander K. D. Iain Murray

Other

Alex Newman

Stand-In

Alex Newman

Production Runner

Elaine Nicholas

Makeup Artist

Bill Nixon

Standby Props Driver

Anya Noakes

Unit Publicist

Caroline O'reilly

Script Supervisor

Anita Overland

Line Producer

Simon Padfield

Camera Truck Driver

Arabella Page-croft

Production Runner (Wales)

John Pinkerton

Other

Sam Renton

Other

Adam Richards

Location Manager

George S Richardson

Sound Mixer

Roseann Samuel

Chief Make-Up & Hair Designer

Joth Sharkerly

Stills Photographer

John W. Simmons

Camera Operator

Anna Taborska

Assistant (To Director)

Chyna Thomson

Other

Claire Tovey

Assistant Location Manager

Beni Turkson

2nd Assistant Director

Nicky Varney

Seamstress

Tim Watkins

Dressing Props

Richard Wood

Assistant Accountant

Stephen Woolfenden

1st Assistant Director

Stephanie Woroniak

Accounts Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Simon le magicien
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
Arp; Arts Council Of England National Lottery; Arts Council of England; British Screen Finance; Corbett & Keene; Creative Europe; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Hollywood Partners Medien Ag (Hp); Lucky Red; MIRAMAX; Ngp Film Services
Distribution Company
Independent Distribution Partnership (IDP); Arp; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Independent Distribution Partnership (Idp)
Location
Wales, United Kingdom; London, England, United Kingdom; Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring March 9, 2001

Released in United States March 30, 2001

Released in United States February 1999

Released in United States January 2000

Shown at Berlin Film Festival (in competition) February 10-21, 1999.

Feature directorial debut for British writer-director Ben Hopkins.

Completed shooting June 27, 1998.

Began shooting May 4, 1998.

United Artists International is the new name for G2 Films.

aspect ratio 2.35:1

Released in United States Spring March 9, 2001

Released in United States March 30, 2001 (Quad Cinema; New York City)

Released in United States February 1999 (Shown at Berlin Film Festival (in competition) February 10-21, 1999.)

Released in United States January 2000 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema) January 20-30, 2000.)