Is Anybody There?
Join hands and make contact with the living, son.
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Is Anybody There? Synopsis
Edward hates living in the old people's home run by his parents. His only interest is a morbid obsession with ghosts, death and the afterlife. Until, that is, the arrival of reluctant new resident, Clarence - a retired magician with a liberating streak of anarchy. Together this delightful odd couple overcome their personal drawbacks, and learn that you are never too old, or too young, to grow up.
At the centre of the story is thirteen-year-old Bill Milner (who arrived on the scene in 2007 comedy Son of Rambow). He stars alongside the living legend that is Michael Caine as two reluctant residents of an old people's home, grappling with life and death. The script by Peter Harness (based on his own childhood experiences) was brought to Crowley's attention by Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who had been specifically looking for a project that would enable their collaboration. In explaining why he thought Crowley would be such a good fit, Heyman has remarked on the story's "happy-sad quality and a slightly mordant dry wit".
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Michael Caine, Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey, Bill Milner, Leslie Phillips, Elisabeth Spriggs
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BBC Films and Big Beach present a HeyDay Films/Big Beach production,
1 May 2009
1 May 2009
Out on DVD
14 September 2009
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