Dirty Pretty Things

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1427
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Directed by Steven Frears

UK release date: 13 December

US release scheduled for April 2003


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This gritty British film centres on a hotel night porter who finds a human heart blocking the toilet in one of the guest rooms. The story builds up a complex and desperate picture of asylum seekers in the United Kingdom.

Okwe (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a Nigerian doctor working in London (as a taxi driver by day and a hotel porter by night). He doesn't like to sleep and grinds away in a daily quest …

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