09 20 Oct '24
7e718495 f998 436f ad22 a0129423e226

John-Paul Davidson

The Grotesque

Edition 1996
99' - 1995 - Drama, Comedy, Horror - Dialogue: English
Director: John-Paul Davidson Composer: Anne Dudley With: Alan Bates, Theresa Russell, Sting
Rural England, 1949. The Coal family reside in a once magnificent hall surrounded by the rotting accoutrements of their lives. Sir Hugo Coal is an eccentric aristocrat with an obsessional ambition to stun the academic world with his radical theory on the evolution of dinosaurs. His once dashing and adventurous personality has disappeared and his American wife, Harriet, becomes increasingly frustrated with their oppressive way of life. Into this stagnating world of unfulfilled dreams enters a butler, Fledge and his wife Doris. On the surface at least they seem ideal, but underneath the fake servility lurks an evil and stealthy ambition.

Image gallery

7e718495 f998 436f ad22 a0129423e226
2a57e68c d9c8 485d 893b cf8eff5ee97f



John-Paul Davidson


Anne Dudley


Alan Bates, Theresa Russell, Sting


John-Paul Davidson, Patrick McGrath

Director of Photography

Andrew Dunn


Tariq Anwar, Tracey Wadmore-Smith


Trudie Styler

More information



Countries of production

United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

"The grotesque" (Patrick McGarth)



Stay up to date, subscribe to our newsletter

Do you want to stay up to date with festival news, our year-round activities, the films and the filmmakers?