The Grotesque (film)
|Directed by||John-Paul Davidson|
(novel and screenplay)
|Music by||Anne Dudley|
|Edited by||Tariq Anwar|
|Distributed by||Live Entertainment (U.S.)|
The Grotesque (also known as Grave Indiscretion and Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets) is a 1995 British film by John-Paul Davidson, adapted from the 1989 novel of the same name by Patrick McGrath. It stars Alan Bates, Lena Headey, Theresa Russell and Sting.
Sir Hugo is more interested in reconstructing dinosaur bones than in paying attention to his wife, Lady Harriet. He's not thrilled when daughter Cleo brings home her betrothed, Sidney, who aspires to be a poet. The new butler, Fledge, provides Lady Harriet with the attention she's been missing and then seduces Sidney. Did he have a role in Sidney's disappearance as well?
- Alan Bates as Sir Hugo Coal
- Theresa Russell as Lady Harriet Coal
- Sting as Fledge
- Lena Headey as Cleo Coal
- Jim Carter as George Lecky
- Anna Massey as Mrs. Giblet
- Trudie Styler as Doris
- Maria Aitken as Lavinia Freebody
- James Fleet as Inspector Limp
- Steven Mackintosh as Sidney Giblet
- John Mills as Sir Edward Cleghorn
- Annette Badland as Connie Babblehump
- Bob Goody as Father Pim
Alternate titles and availability
The film was released under the title Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets in the United States, and later its US video title was Grave Indiscretion. It is also known as Butler morden leiser in Germany, Grotesco in Portugal, and Perverso in Spain.