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DUMMY

by Matthew Thompson

synopsis

A coming of age drama about two young brothers whose lives are thrown into turmoil when their mother dies suddenly, leaving them to fend for themselves. While Danny loses himself in music, sex and drugs, his younger brother Jack takes action – transforming, with the help of some make-up and his mother’s old clothes, a life size mannequin into a brand new ‘mummy’ for him to talk to. Jack’s obsession with this new member of the family leads to both comic misunderstandings and bitter antagonism as the pair battle through grief, anger and denial. Finally, the boys intense struggle to survive in an upside-down world leads to a new understanding that gives them both hope for the future.

original title: Dummy
country: United Kingdom
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Matthew Thompson
film run: 89'
screenplay: Michael Müller
cast: Aaron Johnson, Thomas Grant, Emma Catherwood, Moira Brooker, Therese Bradley
cinematography by: David Langan
film editing: Kant Pan
art director: Philip Barber
producer: Miranda Robinson, Matthew Thompson, David Langan
production: Format Films Ltd
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