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Asylum - Natasha Richardson, Marton Csokas, Sean Harris, David Mackenzie

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Movie propaganda

Passion. Possession.

It's 1959, and bored, beautiful Stella (Natasha Richardson) succumbs at last to her bottled-up passions and begins a clandestine relationship with one of the patients at her husband's psychiatric hospital in northern England. Lust at first sight has rarely been so ill-advised (her handsome new lover did, after all, cut off his previous wife's head), and the resulting amour fou transforms all their lives - none for the better.

Co-starring Ian McKellen, and scripted by Closer playwright Patrick Marber (adapting the best-selling novel by Patrick McGrath), this stylish example of modern gothic is a sexy, seductive treat, and a clever investigation of power, transgression and control.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama 1950s psychiatric patient romance relationship doctor UK

Persons of interest

  • Natasha Richardson .... Stella
  • Marton Csokas .... Edgar
  • Sean Harris .... Nick
  • Joss Ackland .... Straffen
  • Hugh Bonneville .... Max Raphael
  • Amy Horton .... Mary Flynn
  • Rhidian Jones .... Mr Griffen
  • Ian McKellen .... Peter Cleave
  • Judy Parfitt .... Dame Brenda Raphael
  • Wanda Ventham .... Mrs Straffen
  • Robert Willox .... Archer
  • Peter Yates .... Peter
  • Patrick Marber .... Author
  • Chrysanthy Balis .... Screenwriter
  • Patrick Marber .... Screenwriter
  • David Mackenzie .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong sex scenes)

Surveillance time

97 minutes (1:37 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2005

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