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Dear Frankie - Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Jack McElhone, Shona Auerbach

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Nine-year-old Frankie (Jack McElhone) and his single mum, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer), have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, Lizzie, writes Frankie a make-believe letter from his father telling of his adventures in exotic lands. As Frankie tracks the ship's progress around the globe, he discovers that it is due to dock in his hometown. With the real ship arriving in only a fortnight, Lizzie must choose between telling Frankie the truth or finding the perfect stranger (Gerard Butler) to play Frankie's father for just one day.

Persons of interest

  • Emily Mortimer .... Lizzie Morrison
  • Gerard Butler .... The Stranger
  • Jack McElhone .... Frankie Morrison
  • Sharon Small .... Marie
  • Mary Riggans .... Nell Morrison
  • Sean Brown .... Ricky Munroe
  • Jayd Johnson .... Catriona Murray
  • John Kazek .... Ally
  • Katy Murphy .... Miss MacKenzie
  • Anna Hepburn .... Mrs Wallace
  • Cal Macaninch .... Davey Morrison
  • Anne Marie Timoney .... Janet
  • Andrea Gibb .... Screenwriter
  • Shona Auerbach .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Ahhh... Dear Frankie is such a well-written film that all you can do is drift with the current, letting it take you wherever it wends. [Enough with the crap metaphors - Director of Intelligence.] It makes a good companion piece to Young Adam - which features many of the same cast and crew - as both films present life in Scotland at the lower end of the socio-economic scale, where family can bind you together as much as it tears you apart.

Jack McElhone is perfectly cast as the eponymous Frankie (innocent yet worldly) while Gerard Butler is the perfect father (tall, strong, handsome, loving, safe). The females are good, too. Oh, look... just watch it.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1)
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries: Shona Auerbach (Director)
    • Deleted scenes: Optional commentary by Shona Auerbach (Director)
    • Featurettes: The story of Dear Frankie
    • Interviews: Shona Auerbach (Director)
  • Subtitles: English, English captions, English closed captions, German, Italian, Spanish

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

105 minutes (1:45 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 21 April 2005
DVD rental: 17 August 2005
DVD retail: 11 January 2006

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