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Foster (also known as Angel in the House[1]) is a 2011 British comedy-drama film written and directed by Jonathan Newman, based on his 2005 short film.[2] Part of it was shot at Legoland Windsor in April 2010. The film stars Golden Globe winner Toni Collette, Ioan Gruffudd, Richard E. Grant, BAFTA Award winner Hayley Mills and Maurice Cole.[3]

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UK DVD cover
Directed byJonathan Newman
Produced byDeepak Nayar
Alice Dawson
David Mutch
Written byJonathan Newman
StarringToni Collette
Ioan Gruffudd
Maurice Cole
Hayley Mills
Richard E. Grant
Anne Reid
Daisy Beaumont
Music byMark Thomas
CinematographyDirk Nel
Edited byEddie Hamilton
Reliance Big Pictures
Kintop Pictures
Starlight Films
Bent Nail Productions
Serendipity Films
Distributed bySC Films
Release date
  • 28 July 2011 (2011-07-28) (London UK Film Focus)
  • 5 November 2012 (2012-11-05) (United Kingdom)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



Some years after their son is killed, a married couple (Collette and Gruffudd) decide to adopt a child. One day a 7-year-old boy, Eli (Cole), unexpectedly arrives on their doorstep claiming to be from the adoption agency. Eli wears a suit everyday and is very well spoken for a child. He helps the adults rescue their failing toy business.



Foster, the short film, premiered on HBO and BBC in 2007. It won Best Film, Best Actor (for Preston Nyman), Special Jury Prize and Best Screenplay at the Braga International Film Festival in Portugal.[4] The film garnered Newman a nomination for BBC Three's New Filmmaker Award.[5] It was also nominated for Best Film at the Rhode Island Film Festival in 2006.[6]

After the success of the short, Peter Farrelly of the Farrelly brothers became interested in the development of a feature length though the film was ultimately produced by Bend it Like Beckham producer Deepak Nayar. Shooting subsequently began in the spring of 2010 for six weeks on location in London.[7]


The film premiered on 18 October 2011 at the Rome Film Festival[8] and was released in 2012.[9]

Critical receptionEdit

Rhode Island Film Festival, 2013Edit

Foster won Best Feature Film (Youth Jury Awards) at the Rhode Island Film Festival, 2013 [10]

Rome film festivalEdit

The film was met with positive reviews, with Italian film review site Persinsala calling it a "sweet and very moving comedy with a happy ending" and praising Cole's performance, "caught in the shoes of a child – incredibly mature for his age".[11]


  1. ^ "North American DVD release". Imdb.
  2. ^ "Toni Collette Heads from 'Tara' to 'Foster'". Moviefone. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Foster". British Council Film. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  4. ^ "RIIFF Community". Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Jonathan Newman - London Comedy Writers' Festival 2011". Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  6. ^ "The Diary Agency - Film and Television Crewing". Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Toni Collette & Ioan Gruffudd Begin 'Foster'". Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Foster to Premiere at Rome Film Festival". Serendipity Films. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Home". Serendipity Films. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Rhode Island Film Festival Award Winners". RIFF.
  11. ^ "Rome International Film Festival (2 Day)". Retrieved 21 November 2011.

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