Very Annie Mary
|Very Annie Mary|
|Directed by||Sara Sugarman|
|Produced by||Graham Broadbent
|Written by||Sara Sugarman|
|Music by||Stephen Warbeck|
|Edited by||Robin Sales|
Very Annie Mary is a 2001 comedy film and musical from the Wales, written and directed by Sara Sugarman and starring Rachel Griffiths and Jonathan Pryce. It is a coming-of-age tale, set in south Wales, about a woman in her 30s who lives with her verbally abusive father. It was filmed on location in Bridgend and at Workingman's Institute and Memorial Hall, Newbridge, Wales.
After her father suffers a stroke, a woman is forced to take care of him but uses the circumstances to emancipate herself and find the courage to sing once again.
- Rachel Griffiths as Annie Mary Pugh
- Jonathan Pryce as Jack Pugh
- Ioan Gruffudd as Hob
- Matthew Rhys as Nob
- Kenneth Griffith as Minister
- Ruth Madoc as Mrs. Ifans
- Joanna Page as Bethan Bevan
- Anna Mountford as Blodwyn
The film features the following songs:
- Nessun Dorma
- "Happy Birthday"
- "I Heard You Calling Me"
- "Come Back to Sorrento"
- "Oh I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside"
- "Bohemian Rhapsody"
- "Dance Club"
- "We'll Keep a Welcome"
- O mio babbino caro
- "Love's Old Sweet Song"
- "Boum !"
- The words of the "Sermon on the Mount" performed to the tune of "Living Doll"
- "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen"
- "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun"
- "Cotton-Eyed Joe"
- Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
- "We'll Gather Lilacs"
- "What's Love Got to Do with It"
- "Forever and Ever"
- "Whistling Bowery Boy"
- Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn
- "Y.M.C.A." '93 Remix
- O Sole Mio
- "Don't Stop"
- "Dear Hearts and Gentle People"
The film was shot in summer 1999, with filming taking place in the Garw Valley in Bridgend, Wales, posing as the fictional village of "Ogw" (a play on the name of the Ogmore Valley's Welsh name of Ogwr). It was scheduled to be presented at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and the Dinard Festival of British Cinema but failed to show at either event.
Variety magazine called it a "half-klutzy, half-engaging eccentric comedy...bolstered by good turns from leads Rachel Griffiths and Jonathan Pryce" but "falling prey to a general disorganization in tone and structure." The Guardian called it "a broad comedy with a very derivative Monty-ish plot, but likeable and good-natured." The New York Times called the film "alternately mushy and farcical" with an "undertone of satire" that keeps the film from "choking on its own cuteness"; it "churns up a few genuinely funny bits" including a climax "that is almost worth waiting for."
- Credits for Very Annie Mary from the BFI Film & TV Database
- Release summary from the BFI Film & TV Database
- Very Annie Mary Overview from The Guardian
- Music from Very Annie Mary according to the BFI Film & TV Database
- Very Annie-Mary (U.K. - France) from Variety
- Review of Very Annie Mary from The Guardian
- Movie Review: Very Annie Mary, a March 29, 2002 review from The New York Times by Stephen Holden