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Chemical Wedding -- More than 60 years after his death, the demonic life and works of British occultist Aleister Crowley has continued to capture the darkest imaginations. In this thriller, a virtual reality experiment gone wrong sends the soul of the infamous madman into the body of a shy university professor.

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Release Date:
March 2009 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A shy, stuttering professor brings Aleister Crowley back to life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A Very British B Movie See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Simon Callow ... Professor Haddo / Aleister Crowley
Kal Weber ... Joshua Mathers

Lucy Cudden ... Lia Robinson
Jud Charlton ... Victor Nuberg
Paul McDowell ... Symonds

John Shrapnel ... Crowley

Terence Bayler ... Professor Brent
Richard Franklin ... Dean
Mike Shannon ... Alex

Helen Millar ... Rose
Geoff Breton ... Young Symonds
Sean Rea ... Young Alex

Thomas Nelstrop ... Jones
Robert Ashby ... Chaplain Marshall

Esmé Bianco ... Mavis
Gemma Hiles ... Ruby
Annie Walker ... Rene
Lizzie Millne ... Secretary

Christina Chong ... Mei-Ling
Lily Dumont ... Joyce

Andrea Sadler ... Stella
Mark Wainwright ... Inspector
Brandon Kirk ... Ceremonial Guard
Nicola Rockhill ... Kate the Violin Girl
Jean Leppard ... Doctor
Kare Silversten ... Drunk

Bruce Dickinson ... Landlord / Blind Man

Mat Fraser ... Anton Le Fay
Ollie Marsden ... Postboy (as Ollie Smith)
Antonia Beamish ... Glastonbury Woman
Alex Leppard ... Official
Bill Jones ... Toilet Queen / Man with Bag on Head
Jared Ashe ... Ashby
Rhik Samadder ... Student Rick

Danny Szam ... Student Ben
Carly Davis ... Student Brenda
Robin Goodchild ... Student Phil
Joni Levinson ... Hotbuns Berkhoff (as Joni Levison)

Dean Butler ... Ceremony Man
Peter White ... Station Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Ashby-Rock ... Lecture Student
Austin Dickinson ... Lecture Student
Perrine Moran ... Lecturer
John Sphrapnel
Leigh Stevenson ... Mason

Directed by
Julian Doyle 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bruce Dickinson  writer
Bruce Dickinson 
Julian Doyle  writer
Julian Doyle 

Produced by
Paul Astrom Andrews .... executive producer
Raimund Berens .... co-producer
Peter Bevan .... executive producer
Andrew Chapman .... line producer
Peter Dale .... executive producer
Bill Jones .... co-producer
Malcolm Kohll .... producer
Justin Peyton .... producer
David Pupkewitz .... executive producer
Karl Richards .... executive producer
Rod Smallwood .... executive producer
Ben Timlett .... producer
Patrick Vien .... executive producer
Caroline Whittle .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bruce Dickinson 
Dave Howman 
André Jacquemin 
 
Cinematography by
Brian Herlihy 
 
Film Editing by
Bill Jones 
 
Casting by
Georgia Parris 
 
Production Design by
Mark Tanner 
 
Art Direction by
Lucienne Suren 
 
Costume Design by
Tabitha Doyle 
 
Makeup Department
Sophie Liddiard .... prosthetics makeup assistant
Brendan Lonergan .... prosthetic effects
Florence May Carter .... make-up and hair: dailies
Vienna McMahon .... assistant makeup artist
Felicity Wright .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Tina Pawlik .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Margarita Doyle .... first assistant director: second unit
Andy Gradwell .... first assistant director: second unit
Andy Gradwell .... third assistant director
Suzy Mottram .... second assistant director
Craig Topham .... additional third assistant director
Neil Tuohy .... first assistant director
Neil Tuohy .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Nick Ainsworth .... stand-by art director
Joe Borowski .... stand-by props
Andrew David Clark .... art department
Peter Davis .... senior supervising painter
Toby Marrow .... props master
Katie Ralph .... art department assistant
 
Sound Department
Jean-Raphaël Dedieu .... sound designer
Bob Doyle .... sound recordist
Craig Irving .... sound re-recording mixer
André Jacquemin .... sound designer
André Jacquemin .... sound supervisor
Jerry Richards .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Bentley .... film recorder operator
Jonathan Cheetham .... visual effects
Clare Heneghan .... visual effects
Enrico Perei .... senior digital compositing artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Dando .... digital lab supervisor
Ben Fordesman .... electrician
Mark French .... gaffer
Chris Georgas .... best boy
Steve Kendrick .... camera operator
Steve Kendrick .... director of photography: second unit
Eloise Parfitt .... focus puller
Nick Rutter .... still photographer
Paul Starkey .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katarina Borosova .... costume supervisor
Catherine Pearson .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Ross Fall .... digital film technician
Kieran Nicholas .... conforming editor
Vanessa Taylor .... colorist: digital intermediate
 
Music Department
Ray Cooper .... musician: additional percussion
Bruce Dickinson .... music producer
Rod Melvin .... musician: additional keyboards
Ben Timlett .... music clearance
 
Other crew
Margarita Doyle .... assistant to director
Margarita Doyle .... location manager
Barney Goodland .... production assistant
James Greenslade .... production legal
Paul Hillier .... insurance
Jonathan S. Kemp .... production office assistant
Brian Lockyer .... production runner
Angelica Pressello .... script supervisor
Sarah Teboul .... production accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Crowley" - USA (DVD title)
"The Chemical Wedding" - Europe (English title) (alternative title)
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Runtime:
109 min | 106 min
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Trivia:
The actor who plays Ashby is called Jared Ashe, who comes from a town in Leicestershire called Ashby.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the newspaper article about the "massage parlour atrocity", there are a few typos and editing errors such as "She was know [sic] to be into the occult...", "there are suspicion [sic] that this is [sic] terrible event is in someway [sic] linked..." and the like, and the third-last sentence ends abruptly: "The tutor has a shaven head and according to girls who work at the parlour he carries a cane which he violently."See more »
Quotes:
Haddo:"Do what thou wilt" shall be the whole of the law.See more »
Soundtrack:
Prelude à l'Après-midi d'un FauneSee more »

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24 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A Very British B Movie, 17 September 2008
Author: greenknight-2 from United Kingdom

I was torn when I watched this film - on the one hand, it's a very average film, mostly confusing and random, sometimes poorly acted (and sometimes not) and of a subject matter that I am very critical; on the other hand, if you view it as a (relatively) low-budget, British B-movie it's actually quite good. Not entertaining, mind you, it never actually manages to fight its way out of the swamp of "too many ideas, crammed into too little time with no coherence". But the production and direction of the film is commendable.

The basic plot of the film is that Aleister Crowley, "the wickedest man in Britain" (in the early part of the last century - I doubt he'd rank above "dirty old perv" these days) manages to get reincarnated into the body of a Cambridge professor (played by Simon Callow - by far the best part of the film) and starts a 4-day (? - the query is because a lot happens, but little relevant, over the 4 days) campaign to become wholly physical again.

Basically, stuff happens; lots of it random, and I'm sure was more meaningful to the writers than it was to me as a viewer (and that as an educated and informed viewer). Unfortunately, as good as it looks at times, and as many good ideas are just screaming to to be exploited, it just ends up being a B-movie. I'd still watch it though, just the once.

I realise that this constitutes a critique rather than a review, but it's difficult to sum up what happens in the film other than what I've just said - it's a bit random, and if you're into thelemic mysticism you'll probably enjoy it, but unfortunately I view the whole subject as occultism for people who are too scared to throw off the shackles of catholic Judaism, and compensate for their reticence to abandon Christianity for something more pure with an unhealthy interest in the Christian devil. But you're talking about a film about an early 20th century English occultist raised in a strict Christian family, so what can you expect? Anyway, if you're in the mood for a British B-movie (well made, but not exactly stimulating) - this is the movie for you (or watch Razorblade Smile or Dead Mans Shoes instead).

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