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Dead Man's Dream (2002)

Focusing on the journey a young writer takes in his mind, how he may overcome his insomnia through strange hallucinations, with great friends and daring inspiration.


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Cast overview:
Blake Biddulph ...
Andy Amuéz
Mila Calic ...
Sarah Paige
Luke Townsend ...
Richard Tryste
Dipika Guha ...
Daisy Donelle
Ardina Anuar ...
Jamie Zekes
Isa Yahya ...
Will Zaine
Katherine Coetzee ...
Sweet Pea
Phelim Rowe ...
Ewan Gaeye
Eugenie Coetzee ...
The Gypsy Lady
Cato Pastoll ...
Video store customer
Iskra Aleksieva ...
Squeeze's Mother
Diteko Tiro ...
Deetee (on TV) (voice)
Luke Trist ...
Guy in picture


Focusing on the journey a young writer takes in his mind, how he may overcome his insomnia through strange hallucinations, with great friends and daring inspiration.

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They've got nothing to lose but their sanity...


Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

12 July 2002 (UK)  »

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£8,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming took only 20 days. However, the film was shot bit by bit over three months between 7th February and 7th May 2001. See more »


Daisy Michelle Donelle: Look, I'm not nor ever will be losing my sanity... It's the only thing keeping me sane.
Sweet Pea: True.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, it says: Brother to the directors (and all around cool guy): Cato Pastoll No humans were harmed in the making of this film. Although, some went insane! See more »


References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »


Plato's Song
Performed by Steve Balsamo and Ivan McCormick
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13 July 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

"Dead Man's Dream" asks many important and interesting questions on how people view life, and the way things on this planet are. It is an incredible journey deep into the lives of a group of friends who all obviously question existence and their lives ahead of them, trying to unfold certain truths, that are perhaps hidden deep down inside of themselves.

The screenplay is utterly amazing, carrying the film through until the last frame on screen, with subtle things hidden in every little corner connecting everything together. But this is unfortunately not a film for someone who cannot think for themselves. Basically, you'll either get it, or not get it. It's quite simple. It really makes you think and almost question the very questions asked in the film, leaving you with a warm feeling inside.

The characters are all interesting with their own eccentricities. Richard (played by Luke Townsend) is such an amazingly weird and insane person, and I identify with some of the long conversations he has with Andy (Blake Biddulph) at the pagoda, as I have had many similar experiences with a friend almost identical to him. Blake Biddulph really pulls off his character extremely well, you can almost feel what he is going through whilst trying to grasp what is happening in his life, trying to understand other peoples perspectives. Another thing I liked were the two characters called Jamie, one male, one female. You don't see things like that in film a whole lot but I have many friends who share the same name, male and female. Then of course there was the whole sexual innuendo between them, when they "play games". Brilliant.

On the whole, a powerful, philosophical entry quite unlike any I have ever seen. A real psychological drama. Most importantly of all about real, believable people.

If you haven't seen "Dead Man's Dream" then keep your eyes open for it, as it will most certainly spread out there, and be near you soon. But be warned, if you like things presented to you on a silver platter, you will not get this film, and if you don't try to piece it together, I don't think you ever will.

This will stay in my head wherever I go.

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