Second Best


1h 45m 1994

Brief Synopsis

James is a silent, angry boy living in an orphanage, haunted by the memory of his father, who is serving time in jail. Graham Holt is a middle-aged postmaster living a quiet, isolated life. Now that his mother is dead, Holt is nursing his invalid father and is haunted by the emptiness of his existence. After seeing an advertisement for adoption, Holt applies to become a father to James. Neither James, who hasn't seen his father in years but loves him with an undying loyalty, nor Holt is prepared for the changes they must undergo, the truths they must face, or the risks they must take before they can learn to make a family of their own.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1994
Production Company
Kevin O'Shea
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Wales, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

James is a silent, angry boy living in an orphanage, haunted by the memory of his father, who is serving time in jail. Graham Holt is a middle-aged postmaster living a quiet, isolated life. Now that his mother is dead, Holt is nursing his invalid father and is haunted by the emptiness of his existence. After seeing an advertisement for adoption, Holt applies to become a father to James. Neither James, who hasn't seen his father in years but loves him with an undying loyalty, nor Holt is prepared for the changes they must undergo, the truths they must face, or the risks they must take before they can learn to make a family of their own.

Crew

George Akers

Editor

Simon Alderton

Other

Mark Allen

Other

Andrew Bailey

Electrician

Kevin Bailey

Other

Brian Bassett

Camera

Shauna Beal

Assistant

Angel Bermans

Costumes

Peter Best

Sound Editor

Sarah Bird

Casting

Simon Boswell

Song

Simon Boswell

Original Music

Simon Boswell

Song Performer

Simon Boswell

Music

Gerard Bryson

Driver

David Cook

Screenplay

David Cook

Source Material (From Novel)

Clive Coote

Photography

Jay Coquillon

Assistant Editor

Mary G Daley

Assistant

Bonnie Daniels

Special Thanks To

Carol Dantuono

Special Thanks To

Wayne Day

Carpenter

Sonny Donatoe

Construction

Nick Dunne

Location Assistant

Nic Ede

Costume Designer

Russell Elsworth

Wardrobe

Christopher Essex-hill

Music Contractor

Penny Eyles

Script Supervisor

Camilla Fiddian-green

Wardrobe Assistant

Susie Figgis

Casting

Simon Finney

Other

Dena Fischer

Special Thanks To

Kevin Fraser

Grip

Judy Freeman

Associate Producer

Suzanne Freeman

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Simon Gabriel

Music Arranger

Jeremy Gee

Camera Operator

Birdie George

Special Thanks To

Ray Gillon

Consultant

Peter Glossop

Sound Mixer

Gerry Gore

Transportation Captain

Herbie Gwilt

Special Thanks To

Rene Gwilt

Special Thanks To

John Hargreaves

Other

Samantha Heskia

Assistant Art Director

Michael Howells

Production Designer

Bobbie Johnson

Production Accountant

Colin Johnson

Other

Lionel Johnson

Other

Pat Johnson

Special Thanks To

Eddie Kay

Other

Max Keene

Assistant Director

Caryn Landau

Special Thanks To

Deborah Leakey

Accounting Assistant

Dominic Lester

Sound Dubbing

Dixie Linder

Assistant Producer

Brad Lochore

Construction Coordinator

Brad Lochore

Other

Andy Long

Best Boy

Lee Lighting Ltd

Other

Bill Matheson

Special Thanks To

Dennis Mctaggart

Assistant Editor

Stewart Meachem

Wardrobe Supervisor

Luke Menges

Assistant Sound Editor

Oona Menges

Other

Arnon Milchan

Executive Producer

Jason Miles

Other

Bob Mullen

Assistant Sound Editor

Matthew Nasatir

Assistant

Graham Nunn

Carpenter

Robin O'donoghue

Dubbing Mixer

Kevin O'shea

Production Insurance

Tim Owen

Grip

Tori Parry

Production Coordinator

Adam Platnick

Special Thanks To

Chris Plevin

Other

Ivana Primorac

Makeup

Ivana Primorac

Hair

Graeme Purdy

Property Master

Sarah Radclyffe

Producer

Terence Rees

Driver

Patty Reid

Assistant

Stuart Renfrew

Assistant Director

Steve Reuter

Special Thanks To

Sam Riley

Set Decorator

Peter Robertson

Steadicam Operator

Guy Roderick

Other

Waldo Roeg

Assistant Director

Ashley Rowe

Director Of Photography

Jessica Rufus

Other

Alexander Sahla

Other

Alex Scott

Gaffer

Jupiter Sen

Music Editor

Jenny Shircore

Hair

Jenny Shircore

Makeup

Andy Shuttleworth

Steadicam Operator

Michael Solinger

Post-Production Supervisor

Richard Stevens

Electrician

Richard Stone

Other

Guy Tannahill

Location Manager

Neris Thomas

Other

Roger Thomas

Art Director

Chris Thompson

Other

Chris Thompson

Production Supervisor

Neil Thomson

Music Conductor

Martin Trevis

Boom Operator

Romany Turner

Casting

Howard Vaughn

Special Thanks To

Sally Vaughn

Special Thanks To

Damiano Vukotic

Production Assistant

Joan Washington

Dialect Coach

Totty Whately

Production

Steven Wilson

Carpenter

Ean Wood

Sound Editor

Shirley Wright

Other

Joanne Yapp

Other

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1994
Production Company
Kevin O'Shea
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Wales, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 30, 1994

Expanded Release in United States October 14, 1994

Released in United States on Video March 21, 1995

Released in United States September 1994

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (in competition) September 15-24, 1994.

Completed shooting May 30, 1993.

Began shooting March 25, 1993.

Released in United States Fall September 30, 1994

Expanded Release in United States October 14, 1994

Released in United States on Video March 21, 1995

Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (in competition) September 15-24, 1994.)