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Writers:
Philip Pullman (novel)
Stephen Potts (screenplay)
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From the moment they fell in love, secrets from a hidden past would tear them apart
Plot:
"Chris Marshall met the girl he was going to kill on a warm night in early June, when one of the colleges... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Duncan Stuart ... Chris Marshall

Jessica Blake ... Jenny
Aidan Magrath ... Barry Miller

Christopher Dane ... Inspector Fletcher
Dan Morgan ... Piers Hawthorne
Shazadee Beghum ... Maria
Peter Easterbrook ... Ollie
Alvin Addo-Quaye ... Derek
Richard Hollingworth ... Dave

Debra Baker ... Sue Miller
Claire Ford ... Diane
Antony da Silva ... Tommy Sanchez

Abigail Tarttelin ... Fenella
Jonathan Higgs ... Romeo
Simon Brandon ... Mercutio (as Simon Nuckley)
Steve Garry ... Carson's brother
Alan Medcroft ... Toby
Lydia Chapman ... Female Student

Sarah Winter ... Student in cafe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Beaumont ... Policeman at boat

Ruth Curtis ... Neighbour

Michael Dacre ... Mr. Marshall
Oly Dempster ... Armed Police Officer
Joanne Gale ... Juliet
Christian Gill ... Guy at Youth Hostel reception

Phil Hawkins ... Drunken Partygoer

Barbara Joslyn ... Jenny's mother
Matthew Kirk ... Detective at Jenny's Squat
Clare Leahy ... Mrs. Marshall
James MacLaren ... Charles
Scott McDonald ... Sean Miller

Jurgen Schwarz ... Armed Police Officer / Uniformed Officer
Rob Talbot ... Police Detective
Dominic Waldron ... Boy in Youth Hostel

Will Welch ... Armed Police Officer
Sarah Whitham ... Police Woman (as Sarah Jane Warren)
Francesco Bori ... Young Clubber (uncredited)
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Directed by
Phil Hawkins 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Potts  screenplay
Philip Pullman  novel

Produced by
Ryan den Rooijen .... associate producer
Wesley Kloppenburg .... producer
Penelope Merrill .... line producer
Jolies Van Emburg .... producer
Rik Visser .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Bodgers 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Costelloe 
 
Film Editing by
Phil Hawkins 
 
Production Design by
Gareth Thomas 
 
Art Direction by
Jaimie Lloyd-Anderson 
 
Costume Design by
Geri Spencer 
 
Makeup Department
Leanne Cable .... makeup designer
Natalie O'Connor .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Carolita Lamas .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francesco Bori .... trainee assistant director
Christian Gill .... first assistant director
Callum Just .... trainee assistant director
Richard Kerrigan .... second assistant director
Andrew Vanneck .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Holly Bailey .... production buyer
Tom Ellis .... art department assistant
Anna Jacobs .... stand-by art director
Sally Robinson .... art department assistant
Lara Scott-Thomas .... art department assistant
Richard Symons .... construction coordinator
Rowena Vickerman .... assistant carpenter
Luuk Visser .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Paul Hickey .... boom operator
Ryan McMurray .... post-production sound trainee
Alan Sheldon .... sound recordist
Caroline Singh .... sound trainee
 
Visual Effects by
David Loveridge .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Dean Forster .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Adrian Barry .... camera trainee
David Beaumont .... lighting technician
Alice Berkeley .... camera trainee
Aldo Camilleri .... lighting technician
Ric Hallworth .... trainee electrician
Brian Lockyer .... camera trainee
Joe MacDonald .... best boy
Danny Mendieta .... assistant camera
Ben Oliver .... focus puller
Ian Rafferty .... key grip
Mark Rickitt .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachel McWha .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Daniel Greenway .... additional editor
 
Transportation Department
Ellie Harris .... transportation coordinator
Mark J. Lovegrove .... driver (as Mark John Lovegrove)
 
Other crew
Charlotte Adams .... production assistant
James Audley .... production runner
Emma Bebb .... production coordinator
Francesco Bori .... runner
Alex Cannon .... assistant location manager
Ben Clark .... script supervisor
Ellen Cooijmans .... production accountant
Lew Fryer .... production assistant
Dillan Gandhi .... production runner
Mark J. Lovegrove .... director: making of (as Mark John Lovegrove)
Becky Preston .... production assistant
Lucas Saunal .... location manager
 

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101 min
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The film was cast through open casting sessions in Manchester and Oxford, UK. Actors could submit their details through the official website before being asked to audition. The director and Philip Pullman both agreed they wanted new and unknown actors to play the lead roles "Chris" and "Jenny".See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Golden Compass (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Stronger than AnySee more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Initial thoughts, 13 June 2009
Author: jessica (menthapiperita) from Toronto, ON

I enjoyed the film wholly and while it's been years since I read the original source material, a novel by Philip Pullman originally titled "The White Mercedes," I felt it was a very good adaptation. I must confess that The Butterfly Tattoo/White Mercedes was never a favourite among Pullman's stories (I have very mixed feelings about his contemporary novels in general). In this vein, my complaints with regards to the plot probably echo some of the more negative reviews, although I felt it carried well enough in the film. As a viewer with a vague memory of the original plot and setting, I sometimes found myself trying to remember how characters managed without mobile phones back in the early 90s (this is purely tangential).

Otherwise, I felt the film was one of the better films I've seen this past year. Although the actors were obviously new, they were good, and to my amateur eye, gave very sincere performances. In combination with the beautiful cinematography (I'm glad I was able to see this in widescreen as intended), I gather that was a pretty solid movie on the part of the director Phil Hawkins and the producers. I am even more impressed due to the educational nature of the film project for many of the cast and crew members.

My only major complaint that would prevent me from giving the film a higher rating pertains to the use of flashbacks, especially as employed in the second half of the film. While I have no objection to the use of flashbacks in general, and felt that they were very well employed in the retelling stories of the past, they seemed rather clichéd and unnecessary in the depiction of characters' reflection upon a relationship that had developed over merely days over the course of the film.

Overall a very good film. Congratulations to all those who worked so hard to put it together.

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