Bittersweet coming-of-age drama set in 1960s England. David Wiseman (Sam Smith) is the 11-year-old son of Jewish immigrants, now settled in a working class London suburb. His passion is cricket, a game for which he has all the kit but no skill, making him a laughing stock at school. When a new family moves in next door and sets up a cricket net in the back garden, David's dreams of learning how to play start to become a reality. He spends more and more time with the new neighbours, joining in as the father, Dennis (Delroy Lindo), coaches his daughter Judy (Leonie Elliott). But his new friends are West Indian, and David's initial delight soon turns to bemusement and consternation as he watches them become the victims of bigotry and racial hatred. To complicate matters further, David's mother Ruth (Emily Woof) finds herself becoming attracted to Dennis, leading to a strained relationship with her husband Victor (Stanley Townsend).
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Writer/director Paul Morrison, who directed the cross-cultural period drama Solomon and Gaenor, returns to similar ground, though in a lighter vein, with Wondrous Oblivion. Sam Smith stars as David Wiseman, a Jewish boy living in London in 1960 who dreams of being a world-class athlete. David is totally obsessed with cricket, and loves playing, even though he is one of the worst players at his school. His parents, Ruth (Emily Woof of The Full Monty) and Victor (Stanley Townsend), are struggling with the bigoted residents of their working-class neighborhood, but the neighbors get a bit more friendly to the Wisemans when Dennis (Delroy Lindo), a Jamaican laborer, and his family move in next door. David is shocked and delighted when he realizes that Dennis and his daughter, Judy (Leonie Elliott), are installing a cricket pitch in their backyard. Before long, and against the wishes of his worried parents, David is spending a lot of time next door, becoming very friendly with Judy, and becoming a much better cricket player. Ruth gradually warms to Dennis, but the rest of the neighborhood grows increasingly hostile. Wondrous Oblivion was presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of the 2005 New York Jewish Film Festival. ...Wondrous Oblivion