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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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March 2009 (USA) See more »
A shy, stuttering professor brings Aleister Crowley back to life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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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109 min | 106 min

Did You Know?

The actor who plays Ashby is called Jared Ashe, who comes from a town in Leicestershire called Ashby.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Haddo/Crowley holds Victor's photo of the woman to the flame to create the burn mark, the burn mark appears twice.See more »
Haddo:"Do what thou wilt" shall be the whole of the law.See more »
Still LifeSee more »


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A wedding unlikely to have a great reception., 14 November 2013
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Given what a filthy, perverted, deviant 'beast' Aleister Crowley was, it's not surprising to find that this film, in which the influential 1920s occultist is a central figure, is packed full of all kinds of depravity. It is this wanton debauchery that will undoubtedly draw in the punters, along with the involvement of legendary heavy metal singer Bruce Dickinson—but be warned... without an in-depth knowledge of sexual magick and the philosophy of Thelema (Crowley's religion), the majority of this film will probably make no sense whatsoever (although I also suspect that even devout Crowley acolytes will be non-plussed by most of what they see).

My limited knowledge of the subject matter certainly meant that I didn't have a clue what was going on for much of the time, and I found the stuff about the super computer and the virtual reality cyber-suit even more inexplicable; this inaccessibility led to utter confusion which ultimately led to utter boredom, despite such lurid weirdness as Simon Callow sending a very unusual message via fax, a whore nailed to a door (hey, that rhymes!), Callow peeing over his students during an unconventional lecture about Shakespeare's Hamlet, and a pan-sexual satanic orgy featuring people doing all manner of unspeakably naughty things.

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