These Foolish Things (film)

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These Foolish Things
These Foolish Things FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byJulia Taylor-Stanley
Written byJulia Taylor-Stanley
Based onThere's a Porpoise Close Behind Us by Noel Langley
Produced byPaul Sarony
Julia Taylor-Stanley
StarringZoë Tapper
David Leon
Lauren Bacall
Anjelica Huston
Terence Stamp
Andrew Lincoln
Eve Myles
Jamie Glover
Julia McKenzie
CinematographyGavin Finney
Edited byDavid Martin
Music byIan Lynn
Distributed bySwipe Films
Release date
  • 10 March 2006 (2006-03-10)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

These Foolish Things is a 2006 British romantic drama film directed by Julia Taylor-Stanley and starring Zoë Tapper, David Leon, Lauren Bacall, Anjelica Huston, Terence Stamp, Andrew Lincoln, Eve Myles, Jamie Glover and Julia McKenzie. It is based on Noel Langley's 1936 novel There's a Porpoise Close Behind Us.


Set in 1930s England, a struggling young actress, a fledgling director and an ambitious playwright become embroiled in an emotional love triangle as they strive for recognition, fame and fortune in a world on the brink of World War II.



The drama was largely filmed on location in Bristol,[1] Cheltenham and surrounding areas of Gloucestershire.[2]


The film received generally poor ratings. In a 2006 review for The Guardian Philip French called the movie "a turgid romantic comedy" and an "embarrassing affair"[3] A review for BBC called it "A romance so old-fashioned that audiences will be checking not just their watches but their calendars, These Foolish Things is a well made but achingly square drama."[4]


  1. ^ Visit Bristol - Filmed in Bristol
  2. ^ 'These Foolish Things Locations' at Gloucestershire On Screen
  3. ^ French, Philip (11 March 2006). "These Foolish Things". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  4. ^ Lee, Alana (6 March 2006). "These Foolish Things". BBC. Retrieved 9 April 2020.

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