2003, cert 15, running time 110 minutes
Director: David Thewlis
The film marks the directorial debut of actor David Thewlis, (Naked, Harry Potter, Seven Years in Tibet) who also wrote and appears in this story of a father and son’s attempt to rebuild their lives after tragedy strikes.
Toyshop owner Harry Sankey is devastated by the death of his wife Nancy and is struggling to bring up his son Sam single-handed and help him cope with his loss. Harry believes his wife’s last wish was for him to take part in the television programme “Cheeky” and manages to get a place on the show where he meets another Nancy, a charming fellow contestant who is intent on drawing him out of his misery.
Cheeky is a universal story of one family’s survival and at the same time explores the fragile relationship between a father and a son. Told with humour and compassion, the film promises to touch the hearts of anyone who views it.
Cheeky was filmed in the Lake District and London and was produced by Trudie Styler and Luc Besson.
Starring Lesley Sharp, Ian Hart, Mark Benton, Johnny Vegas, David Thewlis and Trudie Styler
Cheeky is the name of a grotesque game show in which the contestants must not only have a fair smattering of general knowledge but be able to insult one other with unabashed zeal. Quite how the mild-mannered Harry Sankey (David Thewlis) arrives at this pass is part of this unusual romcom’s appeal. Marking the writing-directing debut of actor Thewlis, the film tackles bereavement, familial responsibility and the dumbing down of TV with a quirky blend of pathos and farce. The result – produced by none other than Luc Besson – is surprisingly funny, endearing and quite affecting.
James Cameron-Wilson - Film Review
DVD out 12 March 2007
Format: DVD PAL Region 0
DVD Extras: interviews with the cast & crew.