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Beyond the Fire (2009)

From tragedy comes a burning love, but can passion survive the torment of a sinister past

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Sheamy O'Brien
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Katie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victoria Aitken ...
Amy
Alison Cain ...
Lisa
Jimmy Cullen ...
Angry Driver
Stu Daye ...
The Outlaws
Brett Findlay ...
Dying Patient Paul (as Brett Findley)
Gerard Harris ...
Barman
Ricardo Hawkes ...
Hoodie
Jason Lacey ...
Angry Venue Owner
Pauline Martindale ...
Leader of the Rosary
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Detention Centre Guard (as Senar Mehmed)
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Judge
Maeve Murphy ...
Therapist
Pauline Murphy ...
Breige Barlady
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BEYOND THE FIRE tells the story of Sheamy, a gentle Irish ex-priest who arrives in London to find his old family friend and mentor Father Brendan. After an unsuccessful search Sheamy reaches out to the only other person he knows in London, Rory. Rory, a talented musician and band member, takes Sheamy under his wing and introduces him to his flatmate Katie. Immediately, the attraction is undeniable between Sheamy and Katie. However, Katie is a warm hearted woman with her own emotional scars. Their intense romance is short-lived and begins to collapse when the past comes back to haunt them. Written by Maeve Murphy

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Through the darkest secret...comes the deepest love

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17 June 2009 (UK)  »

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Playing with Fire  »

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Written by K.Patmore
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No-Holds-Barred Analysis of the Consequences of Religious Fervor
18 December 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Set in contemporary London, BEYOND THE FIRE focuses on the efforts of a defrocked Catholic priest (Scot Williams) to come to terms with his love for Katie (Cara Seymour). Although still a virgin, he believes that he can overcome his hang-ups and acknowledge his passion for her. The task proves highly difficult for him, however, in view of what happened to him when he was a child, that left him in mental as well as physical turmoil.

Maeve Murphy's low-budget drama certainly does not pull its punches; it creates a constricting world dominated by the perpetual presence of sin and guilt. The priest (Sheamy) perpetually goes to church to confess, or to try and obtain spiritual guidance (or inspiration) from the Virgin Mary, but finds his path continually blocked by an officious senior priest Father Brendan (Hugh Sachs). Outside the church Sheamy is like a mental ship without a rudder, alternating between moods of extreme joy and despair. Katie tries her best to empathize with him, but she still regards his behavior as inexplicable. One sequence, taking place in a night-club/ disco with the strobe lights making identification difficult, sums up Sheamy's difficulties; ostensibly out to enjoy himself, he finds himself unable to cope and ends up on the street.

The world conjured up in Murphy's film is an unfriendly, indifferent environment in which illnesses - both physical as well are emotional - are treated with overweening indifference. The lighting is deliberately dark: even during the daytime, the sun hardly ever shines. This is an appropriate visual metaphor for Sheamy's state of mind. BEYOND THE FIRE ends on a note of qualified optimism, as the two lovers vow to stay together; but at no point are we assured that their relationship will be a long-term one.


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