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Quintessentially British

UK 2022
produced by
Frank Mannion for Swipe Films
directed by Frank Mannion
starring Frank Mannion, Michael Wheeler, James Birkmyre, Andrew Bagley, the Duke of Marlborough, Andrew Storer, Adrian Palmer, Chris Smith, Sean Mathias, Lydia Petrucci, Bruce Boucher, Callum Sullivan, Jonathan Lobb, Tom Allen, Neil Robinson, Chris Davies, Ian McKellen, Oz Clarke, Judi Dench, Emma Elwick-Bates, Simon Cundey, Frannk Mannion, Alex Cooke, William Skinner, Allan Irvine, Martin Lamb, Neville James, Andrew Capon, Hira Janjua, Juana Diaz, Lindsay Hoyle, Thomas Rash, Karl Dunn, Neil McLaren, Gerald Bodmer, Fred Michael, Simon Johns, Phil Naismith, Jamie Harris, Nicola Hale, Jermaine Jenas, Ray Pearson, Gerard Hargreaves, Sof McVeigh, Paulette Trumper, Kamil Ozturk, Louis Barnes, Stuart Procter, Jozef Rogulski, Charlie Jelley, Brian Waldy, Roger Stephenson, Tom Bradbury, Nick Mustoe, Alex Truesdale, Nina Truesdale, Nicky Henderson, Susie Gregson, Braimah Kanneh-Mason, Konya Kanneh-Mason, Cylan Kavende, Brian Newman-Smith, Liam Elias, Marco Bucci, Sylvia Yu, Harshika Poonacha, Max Hastings, Lucy Lieng
written by Frank Mannion, music by James Jones


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Basically, this is a celebration of all things British, the things non-Brits often find a bit quaint or even weird, from absurd hats and the ongoing yet weirdly antiquated rowing rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge to the oddness of the House of Lords or, let's face it, cricket. And thus the film takes us through car and flower shows, through mansions and castles, of course makes a stop at the theatre to give Shakespeare its proper due, visits a stupidly expensive tailor as well as the handbag maker of both Margaret Thatcher and the Queen, and seemingly leaving no stone unturned when it comes to Britishness while presenting things with a certain dry humour - that again could be considered quintessentially British.


Now the result of this is very charming, and as it's told with wit and a certain grain of salt, it really pulls one in - even if essentially the film fails to paint the full picture as it really concentrates on upper class Britischness, the Great Britain of Downton Abbey rather than that of Only Fools and Horses, but even so it's a surprisingly light-footed and fun documentary that despite being made up mostly of talking heads tells its story very well and sure enough brings its point across.


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