The Grotesque

Character: Cleo Coal
Original Release: September 9, 1995 (Toronto International Film Festival, Canda)
Directed by: John-Paul Davidson
Written by: Patrick McGrath, John-Paul Davidson
Produced by: Trudie Styler
Running Time: 99 minutes

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?

Cast & Characters

Alan Bates (Sir Hugo Coal), Theresa Russell (Lady Harriet Coal), Sting (Fledge), Jim Carter (George Lecky), Anna Massey (Mrs. Giblet), Trudie Styler (Doris), Maria Aitken (Lavinia Freebody), James Fleet (Inspector Limp), Steven Mackintosh (Sidney Giblet), John Mills (Sir Edward Cleghorn), Chris Barnes (Johm Lecky), Timothy Kightley (Harbottle), Richard Durden (Sykes-Herring), Nick Lucas (Hubert Cleggie), Annette Badland (Connie Babblehump), David Henry (Freddy Hoygh), Bob Goody (Father Pim), Edward Jewesbury (Sir Edward Tome), David Killick (Sir Humphrey Stoker), Geoffrey Freshwater (Jury Foreman), Jeffry Wickham (Justice Congreve), Michael Cronin (Dr. Walter Dendrite), Eleanor Church (Nurse)

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Filming Locations:
  • Norfolk, England, UK
  • 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.
  • The film is available on Region 2 DVD (as The Grotesque) and VHS ("Grave Indiscretion") only, though both versions are out of print.