February 24, 2017


Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise – 2001 | 76 mins | Drama | Colour


Plot Synopsis

Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise

Director Danny Boyle, famed for big budget films like The Beach, brings his typical experimental touch to this comedy drama adapted from the play by Jim Cartwright. The grainy digital video filming is a million miles away from Boyle’s more recent productions but the cinematography is as inventive as his early features Trainspotting and Shallow Grave.

Timothy Spall stars in this hard-hitting fable as Mancunian Tommy Rag, an anti-hero sales rep who lives solely for the excitement of successfully flogging vacuum cleaners. Fanatically inspired by his own motivational tapes, he dreams of winning the holy grail of his profession – the Golden Vac award. Despite driving his customers further into debt, Tommy’s hopes may be dashed when he is lumbered with a meek trainee, frustrated DJ Pete (Michael Begley), who’s more concerned with getting his girlfriend to stop stripping. Pete becomes Tommy’s student and is shown just how far the rabid salesman will go to secure a sale, and that any morals are best left on the doorstep. A chance meeting with a hitchhiker Tommy believes, as always, might be a possible sales opportunity, brings Pete back onto his rightful path when a love of dance music brings them together at Blackpool.

Production Team

Danny Boyle: Director
Anthony Dod Mantle: Cinematography
Susannah Buxton: Costume Designer
Chris Gill: Editing
John Murphy: Music
Martin Carr: Producer
John Coleman: Production Design
Jim Cartwright: Script
Dennis Cartwright: Sound
Rory Farnan: Sound


Timothy Spall: Tommy Rag
Michael Begley: Pete
Katy Cavanagh: Sheila
David Crellin: Mr Ron
Sandra Gough: Spaniard
Lorraine Cheshire: Hot Pot
Keith Clifford: Sidney

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