Little Voice


(out of 5)

Cute musical film about a super-talented mimic (, in a role that was written for her) living in a dull northern England town who is discovered by a chintzy agent () who wants to make her a big star. Trouble is, she’s painfully shy, unwilling to even talk to strangers, and is ruled over by a terrifying bully of a mother (a heavenly ) while she secludes herself in her attic room with her father’s old records. The film ends up being less important than it wants to be, but the musical number that Horrocks performs at the centre of the piece is so wonderful that it makes up for everything else that is rather limp about the story (particularly the fact that it was too obviously written around Horrocks’ talent for imitating famous voices).

Miramax, Scala Productions

United Kingdom, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by Mark Herman, based on the play by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1998

Golden Globe Awards 1998

Toronto International Film Festival 1998


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