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Franklyn -- Four souls bound by fate, romance and tragedy collide in the parallel worlds of London and the futuristic Meanwhile City, where a single bullet will alter the course of their lives forever.
Franklyn -- The story of four lost souls inhabiting parallel worlds


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  (in credits order)

Eva Green ... Emilia / Sally

Ryan Phillippe ... Preest / David Esser

Sam Riley ... Milo

Bernard Hill ... Peter Esser

James Faulkner ... Dr. Earlle / Pastor Bone

Stephen Walters ... Wormsnakes / Wasnik

Art Malik ... Tarrant

Susannah York ... Margaret

Richard Coyle ... Dan

Kika Markham ... Naomi
Helmut Christian Kirchmeier ... Street Preacher
Hilary Sesta ... Female Preacher
Matthew Flynn ... Cleric 1
Janetta Morrow ... Guilty Woman

Doug Allen ... Cleric 2
Roger Frost ... Washing Machine Preacher
Sam Douglas ... Saul

Mark Wingett ... Frank Grant

Dolly Wells ... Nurse
Tim Steed ... Medic 1
Ray Perrotte ... Medic 2
Dominic Copestick ... Young Milo
Nathalie Simmons ... Young Sally (as Natalie Simmons)
Gary Pillai ... Doctor

Georgia Mackenzie ... Teri

Liz White ... Laura

Stuart McQuarrie ... Clunes
Billy Geraghty ... Teacher
Shannon Cussens ... Sarah
Audrey Palmer ... Tarrant's Secretary
Jotham Annan ... Medic 3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vauxhall Jermaine ... Leon

Georgie Lee-Robinson ... Girl at the Bar
Andrew Care ... Market Trader (uncredited)
Jay Fuller ... Monk (uncredited)
Jeanie Gold ... Patient (uncredited)
Sid Karne ... Coffee Boy (uncredited)
Danielle Victoria Sambrook ... General Market Crowd (uncredited)
Allan Williams ... Mah Jong Player (uncredited)
Chris Wilson ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Evie Wray ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerald McMorrow 
Writing credits
Gerald McMorrow (written by)

Produced by
Peter Carlton .... executive producer
Simon Fawcett .... executive producer
Nick O'Hagan .... co-producer
Alexandra Stone .... co-producer
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
Peter Watson .... executive producer
Mark Brooke .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Joby Talbot 
Cinematography by
Ben Davis 
Film Editing by
Peter Christelis 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Laurence Dorman 
Art Direction by
David Doran 
James Wakefield 
Jan Walker 
Set Decoration by
Dominic Capon 
Costume Design by
Leonie Hartard  (as Léonie Hartard)
Makeup Department
Saynab Awaleh .... additional assistant hair stylist
Elena Diaz .... additional makeup artist: reshoots
Sarah Downes .... additional makeup artist: crowd
Andrea Finch .... crowd makeup supervisor
Etuko Fujiwara .... additional makeup artist: crowd
Gigi Hammond .... hair trainee
Gigi Hammond .... makeup trainee
Marie Le Bihan .... hair stylist
Marie Le Bihan .... makeup artist
Elizabeth Lewis .... crowd makeup coordinator
Bea Millas .... hair supervisor
Bea Millas .... makeup supervisor
Susana Mota .... additional makeup artist: crowd
Yonny Ospia .... additional hair stylist: crowd
Ayumi Otani .... additional makeup artist: crowd
Emma Sheldrick .... makeup artist
Giada Venturini .... additional hair: crowd
Giada Venturini .... additional makep artist: crowd
Wakana Yoshihara .... hair designer
Wakana Yoshihara .... makeup designer
Production Management
Layla Blackman .... post-production supervisor (as Layla Evans)
Benjamin Greenacre .... production manager (as Ben Greenacre)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Glen Carroll .... additional crowd third assistant director
Simon Downes .... second assistant director
Henry Forsyth .... third assistant director: crowd
Michelle Hooper .... third assistant director: additional photography
Stuart Jones .... floor assistant director
Alex Kaye-Besley .... third assistant director
Mick Ward .... first assistant director
Art Department
Giles Asbury .... storyboard artist
Dan Bryant .... dressing props
Chris Cull .... property master
James Enright .... prop making supervisor c/o propshop
Alice Felton .... production buyer
Toby Harvard .... storyboard artist
Stuart Headley-Read .... props: dailies
Felicity Hickson .... graphic artist
Bethan Jones .... art department assistant
Dominic Lavery .... concept illustrator
Melissa Magna .... production buyer
Lisa McDiarmid .... stand-by art director
Simon Riley .... property storeman
Tom Roberts .... stand-by props
Dominic Sikking .... graphic artist
Lloyd Vincent .... chargehand stand-by props
James Wakefield .... assistant art director
Lee Wiseman .... props
Adriaan Engelbrecht .... foam technician (uncredited)
Thomas Jones .... weapons mould maker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stuart Bagshaw .... foley editor
Stuart Bagshaw .... foley recordist
Howard Bargroff .... sound re-recording mixer
Thom Berryman .... sound transfer engineer
Arthur Fenn .... boom operator
Simon Gershon .... sound effects editor
Dan Green .... supervising dialogue editor
Simon Hayes .... production sound mixer
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Robin Johnson .... boom operator
Bernard O'Reilly .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Rowe .... sound assistant
Matthew Skelding .... dialogue editor
Matthew Skelding .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Wyllie .... recording & mixing engineer
Jörg Klaussner .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Harris .... special effects supervisor
Danny Hills .... special effects trainee
Graham Hills .... senior special effects technician
Craig Leong .... special effects technician
Matt Lewis .... special effects technician
Jonathan Wilson .... special effects trainee
Stuart Wishart .... senior special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Louie Alexander .... retouch and restoration supervisor: Framestore-CFC
Simon Allmark .... visual effects editor: Double Negative
Szvák Antal .... visual effects coordinator: Cube Effects
Gergely Barta .... digital compositor: Cube Effects
Zoltán Benyó .... visual effects producer: Cube Effects
Zachary Bloom .... scanning and recording: Framestore CFC
Richard Briscoe .... visual effects supervisor
Clare Brody .... data operator: Framestore
Mikael Brosset .... visual effects: double negative
Péter Bujdosó .... matte painting supervisor: Cube Effects
Paul Burke .... scanning and recording: Framestore
Andy Burrow .... scanning & recording manager
Vajda Bálint .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Dave Calub .... retouch and restoration: Framestore
Ronan Carr .... restoration artist: digital restoration
Charlotte Collings .... visual effects line producer: Machine FX
Ryan Cook .... visual effects supervisor
Zoe Cousins .... scanning and recording
Mária Czeglédi .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Ana Mestre de Almeida Pereira .... roto/prep artist: Double Negative (as Ana Mestre)
Laboncz Edina .... digital paint and rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Richard Edwards .... data operator: Framestore CFC
Rob Ellis .... flame artist
Péter Farkas .... lead roto artist: Cube Effects
Bruno Fernandes .... digital compositor: Machine FX
Dániel Forgács .... lead matchmover: Cube Effects
Papp Gabriella .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Safiya Gili .... digital compositor (as Safiya Ravat)
Theodor Groeneboom .... digital compositor
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: double negative
Adam Hawkes .... retouch and restoration supervisor: Framestore-CFC
Karsten Hecker .... film mastering engineer: Framestore CFC
John Inch .... retouch and restoration
Ludovic Iochem .... concept artist: Double Negative
Alex Ireland .... digital compositor
Horváth Gál István .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Liana Jackson .... retouch and restoration (as Liana Dunleavy)
Brian Krijgsman .... colourist: Framestore CFC
Réka Kálóczy .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Matthew Leach .... studio assistant
John Lockwood .... visual effects supervisor
James Long .... data operator: Framestore CFC
Kevin Lowery .... film mastering engineer
Simon Martinsson .... digital compositor
Gurel Mehmet .... concept artist: Double Negative
Edwin Metternich .... retouch and restoration: Framestore
Standish Millennas .... visual effects producer: Machine
Derek Moore .... visual effects supervisor
Peter Olliff .... visual effects editor: Double Negative
Alexandra Papavramides .... digital compositor: Double Negative
Nikolett Papp .... digital compositor: Cube Effects
Adam Parker .... retouch and restoration: Framestore
Gábor Piszter .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Attila Polgár .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
David Preece .... film mastering engineer
Paul Raeburn .... digital compositor
Lee Rankin .... scanning and recording: Framestore
James Reed .... scanning and recording
Tania Richard .... concept artist
Tania Richard .... matte painter
Jimmy Saul .... scanning and recording
Foad Shah .... digital compositor: Double Negative
Asa Shoul .... digital colourist
Andrew Simmonds .... digital artist
Jeevan Singaram .... digital compositor
Nick Stanley .... retouch and restoration: Framestore
Jim Steel .... digital compositor: Double Negative
Steve Street .... visual effects supervisor
Makai Szabolcs .... visual effects line producer: Cube Effects
Gábor Székely .... technical director: Cube Effects
Richard Sällqvist .... digital compositor
Ria Tamok .... digital compositor: Cube Effects
Pál Tauszig .... digital compositor: Cube Effects
Odean Thompson .... digital paint artist: restoration: Framestore
Jenõ Udvardi .... visual effects producer: Cube Effects
Christoph Unger .... digital artist: matte painter
Dan Victoire .... conform editor
Attila Vócsa .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Guy Williams .... environment lead
Christine Wong .... digital compositor
Kristopher Wright .... visual effects producer: Double Negative
Péter Závorszky .... visual effects production manager: Cube Effects
Taz Lodder .... technical support: Double Negative (uncredited)
Veronica Marcano .... scanning and recording operator: Framestore (uncredited)
Nicola Berwick .... stunt double
Bruce Cain .... stunt performer
Levan Doran .... stunt performer
James Embree .... stunt performer
Rick English .... stunt performer
James Fiddy .... stunt double: Sam Riley (uncredited)
James Grogan .... stunt performer
Paul Herbert .... stunt coordinator
Vincent Keane .... fight coordinator
Maurice Lee .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
John Flemming .... key grip
Matthew Hall .... practical electrician
Lewis Hume .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Lee Knight .... best boy
Gavin MacArthur .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Keith Manning .... grip
Mihalis Margaritis .... focus puller: dailies
Barry McCullagh .... electrician
Michael McDermott .... gaffer
Danny McGee .... practical electrician
Joe McGee .... practical electrician
Julian Morson .... Steadicam operator
Julian Morson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Gary Parnham .... rigging electrician
Clive Prior .... focus puller
Sam Renton .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Kat Spencer .... camera trainee
Charlie Whitaker .... second assistant camera: dailies
Casting Department
Robert Sterne .... casting associate
Rose Wicksteed .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katarina Borosova .... wardrobe mistress
Anne T. Delaney .... costume maker
Tabitha Doyle .... assistant costume designer
Una Hickey .... costume trainee
Calandra Meredith .... key costumer
Catherine Pearson .... costume trainee: crowd
Silvana Sacco .... key costume breakdown artist (as Silvana Succo)
Editorial Department
Chris Andrews .... negative cutter
Kerri Aungle .... negative cutter
Nathan Cubitt .... first assistant editor: location
Sabine McDonald .... negative cutter
Ravinder Patria .... editor trainee: FT2
Brenna Rangott .... first assistant editor
Kelly Smith .... negative cutter
Alex Panton .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Music Department
Richard Chester .... assistant composer
Ben Foskett .... orchestrator
Ben Foster .... orchestrator
Catherine Manners .... music score coordinator
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor
Joby Talbot .... conductor
Joby Talbot .... music arranger
Mark Wyllie .... recording & mixing engineer
Transportation Department
George Morris .... picture vehicle coordinator
Rod Patterson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Catherine Allinson .... script supervisor
Nadira Azermai .... production assistant: dailies
Benjamin Bailey .... location assistant
Matthew Baker .... development executive
Oliver Barron .... epk director
Daniel Budd .... first assistant accountant
Roisin Carty .... dialect coach
Andrew Dalmahoy .... location scout
Devis Damonte .... assistant: cast
Emma Davie .... unit publicist
Nazmeen Dhansey .... cashier
Dave Freeman .... concept artwork
Dave Freeman .... opening title sequence by
Ella Harris .... floor runner
Paula Hind .... production runner
Neil Hodge .... head chef
Joe Jamieson .... set runner
Alainée Kent .... assistant: Alexandra Stone
Hannah Lamb .... location assistant
Helene Lenszner .... location manager
Richard Mansell .... business affairs: Recorded Picture Company
Emily Manthorpe .... runner
Amy McCombe .... assistant location manager
Charlotte Amelia Miles .... floor runner
John Miles .... production accountant
Philie Naughten .... production coordinator
Tiziano Niero .... epk shooter
Toby Spanton .... additional floor runner
Matt Storey .... floor runner
Antony Swiatek .... production legal: Olswang
Josh Yudkin .... location scout
Tarquin Glass .... runner: Recorded Picture Company (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Subliminal" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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Rated R for language
98 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Near the end, when Preest/David is in Emilia's London flat, he asks her what her faith/religion is, to which she replies that she is not religious. In real life, Eva Green is Jewish.See more »
Continuity: The man talking to Milo in the room where the red haired woman disappeared to and another unseen character added some tiles to his original cross shaped design on the table. After Milo leaves the camera tilts down as the man writes into his notebook and the additional tiles are gone, reverting back to the cross shape.See more »
Preest:If a god is willing to prevent evil, but not able, then he is not omnipotent. If he is able, but not willing, then he must be malevolent. If he is neither able or willing then why call him a god? Why else do bad things happen to good people?See more »
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48 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Never comes off the page like it should., 28 April 2009
Author: Jamie Ward from United Kingdom

There are movies that, despite their lack of budget and film-makers' experience within the medium of film—despite their failings in telling a coherent, and entertaining story, nevertheless excel in their ability to enthral through idea and theme alone. Franklyn which too often sets out in this manner, in turn neglecting engaging narrative for contorted, mystery-tinged manipulation, is not one of those select few features. Restricted by a small budget and the director and writers' inexperience with feature length productions, the film is interesting to a certain degree but too often falls flat when trying to compel the viewer either through character or plot. Indeed, the only sole reason to continue watching a film such as Franklyn is to find out what the hell is going on; and then you get to that finish line only to realise that the payoff isn't quite what you expected. The result is a feature that feels half-baked, underdeveloped and frustratingly vague for its first two acts. So much so that by the time director Gerald McMorrow decides to show us his hand, we've more or less left the table and cashed in our chips.

The problem with Franklyn isn't that it is short on ideas, but that it is short on ideas upon which to implement the themes and arcs to which McMorrow obviously wants to get across. For sure, this is an original, interesting and intriguing piece of work; but it's also dreary and tiresome at the same time. First time viewers should not be alarmed if plot details go amiss, or if the story seems overly convoluted, disconnected and a little contrived—because this is exactly how McMorrow pens his tale. It's deliberately withholding for a reason, and that is because without that sense of mysticism and deliberate manipulation, Franklyn is a mirthless experience. Taken on face value in retrospect, the ninety minutes doesn't feel completely wasted, but there is a certain degree of fallacy involved here that comes off as cheap and overly ambitious. Indeed, this is a bold effort from the first-time filmmaker, and one has to applaud such an audacious venture—but it's also very hard to be convinced by Franklyn either in its grandiose tale, or its dubiously surreal and contorted narrative.

For the majority of the feature, we are treated to four stories revolving around four separate characters split over what appears to be two very different timelines of alternate dimensions (this is, of course, merely a subjective speculation on the part of myself, as the truth behind the events of the film are never truly explained—and fair enough, I suppose). Each of the characters have their own little quirks; Emilia (Eva Green) is an extremist artist driven to video-tape serial suicide attempts made by herself; Milo (Sam Riley), a romantic who has recently been left at the alter; a masked vigilante named Preest (Ryan Phillippe) who occupies the alternate reality within a city named "Meanwhile City" ruled by religion and dogmatic oppression; and a father in search of his son gone missing after a traumatic event involving his sister's death.

At first, all the characters within Franklyn's two worlds seem distinct from each other, and without and form of link—so much so that much of the feature's initial hour is slow moving and irksomely disjointed from any sort of clear focus or direction to the first time viewer. Yet as the plot unravels, and metaphysical realities are explored with death, imaginary friends and delusional beliefs briefly analysed, the seeds that are planted during the initial acts begin to blossom. It is disappointing then that by the time McMorrow pulls the proverbial rug on us, we don't really care anymore. Confined also by the limitations of such vague narrative and an ending that brings everything together in a poetic but fruitless manner, Franklyn eventually crumbles under its own weight and pretension. It's a movie that tries too hard to be larger than it really is on paper, and the cracks are all too obvious.

In the end, I wanted to like McMorrow's work here a lot more than I actually did—it's brave, interesting and makes some intriguing statements on the nature of reality and our perceptions of such manifestations to ourselves as human beings; but at the end of the day I couldn't bring myself to be convinced or won over by the implementation of such ideas. For sure, there was potential here within the bare-bones skeleton of McMorrow's premise and themes—but burdened with obstructive restrictions both in a narrative sense and a production sense, Franklyn simply never comes off the page like it should, and the result is lukewarm in every regard; sporadically intriguing, but overly flawed—I have to wonder why this made the big screen at all; I got the feeling that it could have made an even better mini-series for TV.

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