GB 1998 1hr 34mins Dir: Gary Sinyor Starring: Peter Ustinov and Prunella Scales
An upper-class girl falls for a working-class boy
This hilarious film is a broad parody of British period films, especially the lavish Merchant-Ivory productions of the ’eighties and early ’nineties. Although it specifically targets A Room with a View, Chariots of Fire, Maurice, A Passage to India, and many other films, in a more general way Stiff Upper Lips satirises popular perceptions of certain Edwardian traits: propriety, sexual repression, xenophobia and class snobbery. Some early scenes were filmed on the 3’ gauge Isle of Man Railway with a train hauled by Dübs & Co. 0-6-0T No.15 Caledonia (running as Manx Northern Railway No.4) at Castletown station. There are also a number of run-by shots of the train and a riotous carriage interior set with a whole host of outrageous back projection scenes. Castletown station is called both ‘Howard’s Passage’ and ‘Ivory’s End’! Brilliant.