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Shallow Grave (1994)

Country of Origin: UK
Year of Production: 1994
Running Times: 92 mins
Length: 2568 metres
Format: Eastmancolor 35mm
Ratio: 1.66:1
Sound: Dolby SR

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: Channel Four Films / Figment Films / PolyGram Filmed Entertainment / The Glasgow Film Fund
Executive Producer: Allan Scott
Producer: Andrew Macdonald
Production Manager: Sara Barr
Production Coordinator: Yvonne McParland

SCRIPT
Script: John Hodge

DIRECTION
Director: Danny Boyle
1st Assistant Director: Ian Madden
2nd Assistant Director: Alison Goring
3rd Assistant Director: Stephen Docherty
Trainee Assistant Director: Gina Lee

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Brian Tufano
Camera Loader: Lewis Buchan
Focus Puller: Ian Jackson
Gaffer: Willie Cadden
Electrician: Arthur Donnelly
Best Boy: Mark Ritchie
Generator Operator: Derrick Ritchie
Grip: Roy Russel
Stills: Dominic Turner, Nigel Robertson
Camera Equipment: Arri Media
Grip Equipment: Grip House Ltd
Lighting: Lee Lighting Ltd
Laboratory: Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Editor: Masahiro Hirakubo
1st Assistant Editor: Anuree De Silva
2nd Assistant Editor: Neil Williams
Post-Production Supervisor: Steve Barker
Editing Facilities: Salon

MUSIC
Music: Simon Boswell
Songs: Neil Barnes, Paul Daley (Shallow Grave; Release the Dub); Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn (My Baby Just Cares for Me); James Last, Jackie Rae (Happy Heart)
Songs Performed By: Leftfield (Shallow Grave; Release the Dub); Nina Simone (My Baby Just Cares for Me); Andy Williams (Happy Heart)
Music Supervisor: Gemma Dempsey

SOUND
Sound Mixer: Colin Nicolson
Boom Operator: Tony Cook
Re-Recording Mixers: Brian Saunders, Ray Merrin
Sound Re-Recorded At: Delta Sound Services Ltd
Sound Editor: Nigel Galt
Digital Sound Editor: Paul Conway
Footsteps Editor: Richard Fettes
Sound Post-Production: The Sound Design Company

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Make Up Designer: Graham Johnston
Assistant Make Up: Carmel Jackson
Costume Designer: Kate Carin
Wardrobe Supervisor: John Norster

SPECIAL MAKE UP EFFECTS
Special Make Up Effects: Grant Mason

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Vehicle Special Effects: John Booth

VISUAL EFFECTS
Special Visual Effects: Tony Steers
Titles and Opticals: General Screen Enterprises

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: Kave Quinn
Art Director: Zoe MacLeod
Assistant Art Director: Tracey Gallacher
Set Decorator: Karen Wakefield
Property Master: Gordon Fitzgerald
Dressing Props: Stewart Cunningham
Stand By Props: Pat Harkins
Production Buyer: Karen Wakefield
Props Driver: Scott Kerry
Construction Manager: Colin H. Fraser
Carpenters: John Watts, Peter Knotts, Richard Hassall
Stand By Carpenters: Brian Adams, Danny Sumsion
Painters: Paul Curren, Sam Curren
Stand By Painter: Jim Patrick
Scenic Artist: Stuart Clarke
Construction Chargehand: Derek Fraser
Paintings: Stephen Conroy
Storyboard Artist: John Amabile
Art Department Assistant: Iain Macaulay
Stand-By Rigger: Kenny Richards
Title Designer: Morag Myerscough
Titles Graphic Artist: Pauline Hume
Special Furniture: Lovatt Antiques; Nithsdale Antiques

MISCELLANEOUS
Script Supervisor: Anne Coulter
Production Accountant: Hilda Booth
Caterers: Brendan Diver, Guy Cowan, John McVeigh, Nicky McVeigh
Production Runner: Saul Metzstein
Floor Runner: Niki Longmuir
Runners: Eric Smith, James Stewart, Jamie Spencer, Mat Bergel
Stage: Campbell Atkinson
Stand-By Stage: Bryan Boyne
Trainees: Dianne Jamieson, Kirstin McMahon
Insurance: RHH / Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services
Solicitors: Bloom Camillin
Catering: Reel Foods
Completion Bond: Film Finances Inc

LOCATIONS
Location Manager: Fran Robertson
Locations: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK; Glasgow, Scotland, UK; New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

STUNTS
Stunt Arranger: Clive Curtis

CASTING
Casting: Sarah Trevis

CAST
Kerry Fox (Juliet Miller)
Christopher Eccleston (David Stephens)
Ewan McGregor (Alex Law)
Ken Stott (Detective Inspector McCall)
Keith Allen (Hugo)
Colin McCredie (Cameron)
Victoria Nairn, Gary Lewis (visitors)
Jean Marie Coffey (Goth)
Peter Mullan (Andy)
Leonard O'Malley (Tim)
David Scoular (cash machine victim)
Grant Glendinning (bath victim)
Victor Eadie (freezer victim)
Robert David MacDonald (Lumsden)
Frances Low (Doctor)
Bill Denistoun (Master of Ceremonies)
John Bett (Brian McKinley)
Tony Curran (travel agent)
Elspeth Cameron (elderly woman)
Paul Doonan (newspaper office boy)
Billy Riddoch (newspaper editor)
Kenneth Bryans (police officer)
John Hodge (Detective Constable Mitchell)
John Carmichael (bandleader)

PLOT SUMMARY

Three young flat mates in Edinburgh offer their fourth room to a man who promptly dies on his first night, leaving behind a suitcase full of money. The friends decide to bury the man's body and keep the money - but the dead man's criminal friends are looking for him, some of the flat mates start to develop a conscience and tensions are running high. Under this kind of pressure, something - or someone - is going to crack...

CAPSULE REVIEW

A confident and gripping debut and one of the best British films of the 1990s. The cast are uniformly fantastic and Eccleston in particular is genuinely unnerving as the deranged David whose actions lead to the almost unbearably tense climax. Boyle's direction is claustrophobic and oppressive and displays more control, style and invention than many director's with a dozen more films under their belt.

AVAILABILITY

Germany
DVD Distributor: EuroVideo (21618)

Portugal
Theatrical Distributor: Filmes Castello Lopes

Spain
Theatrical Distributor: Alta Films S.A.

UK
Theatrical Distributor: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Video Distributor: PolyGram Video

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Gramercy Pictures
Laserdisc Distributor: Polygram (800 635 275-1)
DVD Distributor: Polygram (800 635 275-2); MGM Home Entertainment (907800)

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Australia
Rating: MA

Finland
Rating: K-16

Germany
Rating: 16

Hong Kong
Rating: III

Netherlands
Rating: 16

Norway
Rating: 18

Portugal
Rating: M/18

Spain
Rating: 18

Sweden
Rating: 15

Switzerland
Rating: 16

UK
Rating: 18

USA
Rating: R (for scenes of strong grisly violence, and for some language and nudity)

TIMELINE

1995
February

Day Unknown: Portugal - ahown at the Fantasporto Film Festival
10: USA - theatrical release
15: Spain - theatrical release

June
2: Denmark - theatrical release

July
25: USA - laserdisc release (Polygram (800 635 275-1))
28: Poland - theatrical release

October
20: Sweden - theatrical release

November
10: Finland - theatrical release

1996
March

15: Portugal - theatrical release

1997
January

9: UK - television broadcast (on Channel 4)

March
20: Hungary - theatrical release

December
27: UK - television broadcast (on Channel 4)

1998
December

22: USA - DVD release (Polygram (800 635 275-2))

2000
March

23: Germany - DVD release (EuroVideo (21618))
28: USA - DVD release (MGM Home Entertainment (907800))

2002
April

8: UK - television broadcast (on Film Four)
13: UK - television broadcast (on Film Four)
30: UK - television broadcast (on Film Four); USA - television broadcast (on OMAX)

POSTER TAGS

What's a little murder among friends?

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Kleine Morde unter Freunden - German title
Tumba abierta (Shallow Grave) - Spanish title
Shallow Grave - murhaleikki - Finnish title
Petits meurtres entre amis - French title
Sekély sírhant - Hungarian title
Piccoli omicidi tra amici - Italian title
Cova Rasa - Brazilian title
Pequenos Crimes Entre Amigos - Portugese title
Dödsleken - Swedish title

LINKS

INCLUDES FOOTAGE FROM
The Wicker Man (1973)

REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

Empire December 1998 p.154 (UK)
review

FilmMagasinet June / July 1995 p.38 (Norway)
review (by Dag Tufte)

FilmMagasinet December / January 1995 / 1996 p.81 (Norway)
review (by Dag Tufte)

Premičre May 1995 p.40 (France)
review (by Eric Libiot)

NEWSPAPER

Expresso, Cartaz 16 March 1996 (Portugal)
review (by Manuel Cintra Ferreira)

Svenska Dagbladet 20 October 1995 (Sweden)
review (Ostrukturerad lek med döden by Jan Söderqvist)

Tjednik 1 March 1997 p.71 (Croatia)
review (by Zlatka Sacer)

BOOKS

The BFI Companion to Crime p.302
credits, review

KEYWORDS

apartments; corpses; attics; greed; insanity; journalists


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