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Young American antiques dealer, Charles, is captivated by the enigmatic Mrs Hoogstraten when he finds her giving him the once-over at a London flea market. She is married to the brilliant but stifling Hoogstraten, a wealthy collector of unfathomable objects. But her look tells Charles that she's ready for a change.

Charles's shiftless existence takes on a new purpose as he searches for increasingly bizarre contraptions to satisfy Hoogstraten's peculiar appetite and so to get nearer to Mrs Hoogstraten. The trail leads to a mysterious young woman, a narrow-boat laden with Egyptian antiquities, and the sinister Dr MacGregor. When Charles returns to London, he finds that Mrs Hoogstraten is about to leave . . . and wants him to join her on a night train to Venice. Charles sees his dreams about to come true - but what is he getting himself into? Is he just another 'thing' to be used in the Hoogstraten game of manipulation, obsession and desire? What do the Hoogstratens really want? A night of passion unleashes uncontrollable forces in this extraordinary tale of mystery, romance, antique mechanical objects, and murder.

Set in a contemporary London of crumbling Gothic Victoriana, with music from the 1920's through to the present, and masterful lighting by Ken Westbury (Dennis Potter's director of photography), Unknown Things is an incisive, sardonic exploration of sex, death, and the darkest corners of the mind . . . a chilling, sinister love story strongly played by a young and sexy British cast.


Type of film
Running Time
90 mins
35mm Kodak
Bruno Coppola
Bruno Coppola, Sarah Bradshaw
Clare Douglas, Laurie McDowell
Director of Photography
Ken Westbury B.S.C.
Clive Derbyshire
Peter Chase
Principal Cast
Saskia Reeves, Paul Rhys, David Hayman, Elsa Zylberstein, Adam Henderson, Constantine Gregory
Screen Writer
Matthew Jansky


Production status


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Last updated 26th November 2005

Production Company

Approaching Fish Productions
Contact: Bruno Coppola
222 Kensal Road
London W10 5BN
Tel: 020 8960 6616
Fax: 020 8960 6632


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