As an 11-year-old, Ralph (Zachary Fox) witnesses his mother’s adultery with his father’s best friend. His parents divorce and Ralph is sent to boarding school. His father, Harry (Gabriel Byrne) not only loses his wife, Lauren (Miranda Richardson) and best friend but also his position as Minister of Education with the coming of Independence, prompting his rapid descent into alcoholism.
Now 14, Ralph (played now by About a Boy’s Nicholas Hoult ) returns home to discover that his father has remarried an American ex “air hostess” named Ruby (Emily Watson) whom his father has known all of six weeks. As round a peg as you could find in this square holed society, Ruby ridicules the petty snobbery of the restless colonials whose chief amusements are gin, adultery and their foppish slang of “toodle-pip” and “hobbly-jobbly” – that Ruby identifies as sounding like “wah-wah”.
Although Ralph is initially wary of Ruby, he bonds with her as his father’s drinking escalates and becomes dangerously out of control. It’s this chaos that stokes Ralph’s inner turmoil and eventually forges his creative mind.
* Richard E. Grant Interview for Enough Rope with Andrew Denton
* Posh Nosh - JTV Interview with Richard E. Grant and JJJ's Jay and the Doctor
* The Making of Wah-Wah
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
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