Wah-Wah (2006)

Wah-Wah
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 36mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign, Period
Keywords 1960s, alcoholism, childhood, coming-of-age, infidelity, race relations
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Nicholas Hoult Actor Ralph Compton 1 1000001
Gabriel Byrne Actor Harry Compton 1 1000002
Emily Watson Actor Ruby Compton 1 1000003
Julie Walters Actor Gwen Traherne 1 1000004
Miranda Richardson Actor Lauren Compton 1 1000005
Celia Imrie Actor Lady Riva Hardwick 1 1000006
Julian Wadham Actor Charles Bingham 1 1000007
Fenella Woolgar Actor June Broughton 1 1000008
Sid Mitchell Actor Vernon 1 1000009
Zachary Fox Actor Ralph Compton (young) 1 1000010
Richard Grant Director n/a 2 2000001
Pierre Kubel Producer n/a 3 3000001
Jeff Abberley Producer n/a 3 3000002
Marie-Castille Schaar Producer n/a 3 3000003
Joel Phiri Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Jeremy Nathan Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Ronnie Apteker Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Richard Grant Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Pierre Aim Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Isabelle Dedieu Editor n/a 172 7000001
Patrick Doyle Music n/a 120781 8000001
Gary Williamson Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Celestia Fox Casting Director n/a 157 10000001
Sheena Napier Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Synopsis
During the last gasp of the British Empire in Swaziland, South East Africa, in 1969, 11-year-old Ralph witnesses his mother's adultery with his father's best friend. His parents divorce and Ralph is sent to boarding school. His father, Harry, not only loses his wife and best friend, but also his position as Minister of Education with the coming of Independence, prompting his rapid descent into alcoholism. Now 14, Ralph returns home to discover that his father has re-married an ex-air "hostess" named Ruby whom his father has known all of six weeks. As round a peg as you could find in this square holed society, Ruby ridicules the petty snobbery of the restless colonials whose chief amusements are gin, adultery, and their foppish slang of "toodle-pip" and "hobbly-jobbly" -- that Ruby identifies as sounding like "Wah-Wah." Although Ralph is initially wary of Ruby, he bonds with her as his father's drinking escalates and becomes dangerously out of control. It's this chaos that stokes Ralph's inner turmoil, and eventually forges his creative mind.