- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 20, 2001
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Film Highlights
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
- Biographies: Cast & Crew
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 02/01/2000
"...[Troubled relationships are] tartly observed and beautifully acted by the ensemble cast..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2000
"...WONDERLAND contains enough soul and insight to make it a consistently bewitching experience..."
USA Today - 07/28/2000
"...[Gina McKee] is heartbreaking and makes not one false move..."
New York Times - 07/28/2000
"...Ms. McKee and David Fahm are intriguing..."
Box Office - 07/01/1999
"...WONDERLAND is an intimate, affecting family drama with a homespun feel that often surprises with its ability to move the viewer in simple ways..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Los Angeles Times - 07/28/2000
"...WONDERLAND is an extraordinary film, as entertaining as it is observant, about ordinary people....The film's performances are uniformly splendid..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/11/2000
"...Winterbottom and screenwriter Laurence Coriat go out into their city and attend to how people live and how they feel....They are listeners to ordinary lives..."
Total Film - 08/01/2000
"...WONDERLAND offers an intriguing and exciting glimpse into the lives of a London family....This is exemplary..."
Michael Winterbottom's WONDERLAND is a grittily realistic drama that follows the members of one South London family over the course of a four day period. The parents, Eileen (Kika Markham) and Bill (Jack Shepherd), are defeated, weary rivals whose relationship has all but disintegrated. Their children are not much better off: Debbie (Shirley Henderson) is a foul-mouthed hairdresser with an eleven-year-old son, Jack (Peter Marfleet); Molly (Molly Parker) is about to have a baby with Eddie (John Simm), who has just become unemployed; and Nadia (Gina McKee) is a lonely waitress who has stooped to meeting prospective mates through the personals. As the weekend unfolds, the sisters walk through the sad streets of London, waiting for happiness to return to their lives.
Winterbottom's choice to film WONDERLAND on location in the pubs and streets of London in super-16mm, with a hand-held camera and natural lighting, gives the film a realism that is at once tragic and honest. Added to this is the entire cast, who embody their characters so completely that one might forget they're even acting. Michael Nyman's despondently blissful score appears under the sped up and slowed down images of a dreary London, boldly expressing the characters' inner melancholy, making WONDERLAND a film that retains a glimmer of hope even at its bleakest moments.
Family Life |
Family Relations |
London, England |
- Theatrical Release: July 28, 2000 (NY/LA).
- WONDERLAND world-premiered at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, and also screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
- The film was shot on location in London, England.
- Stephen Garrett of Time Out New York voted WONDERLAND one of the top ten films of 2000.