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Monkeyshine (2008)

Jake Truman leads an unhappy life until he his given a map which could lead him to everything he desires.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Highton ...
Helen Foster (as Mandy Highton)
Amy McKeown ...
Kara Kingsward-Hughes ...
Leona Andreana Sontag ...
Karen Millson (as Leona Sontag)
Dominic Daley ...
Isabel Skeats ...
Robert Anderson ...
Dougie Kelham ...
Alan Lewis ...
Joanne Archer ...
Alan Davis ...
Sam Merryfield (as Alan J. Davis)
Mike Cassidy ...
Naomi Sontag ...


Jake Truman is just a regular guy. However, at his Grandfathers funeral he is mysteriously handed an envelope. Inside the envelope is a map of an island with the word 'Monkeyshine' written across it. Jake has serious thoughts about finding the island, but is soon made to look a fool when his colleagues at the office get wind of his exploration and brand him as a plastic pirate. After a little detective work, he finds out that 'Monkeyshine' means 'Practical Joke' and assumes that the whole thing is a cruel jibe. That is, until the girl at his office sees the map from a different angle and notices that it doesn't say 'Monkeyshine' at all, but is the name of a place somewhere altogether different, which leads Jake to find out where the map really leads. Jake must look into his soul and follow his heart to find out who he really is, and what he really wants, before he can go to the place his grandfather wanted him to go, and ultimately become the very thing his family have carried on for ... Written by Gene Fallaize

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Tale Of Love, Lust and Treasure


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$13,200 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Monkeyshine' was the second time acting in a feature film for actors Michael Sani and Kara Kingsward-Hughes, who previously worked together on horror short 8ight Limbs (2008). Coincidentally, both actors played characters of the same name in both films - Sani as 'Andrew', and Kingsward-Hughes as 'Sophie'. See more »


In the scene in which Jake drives off in his new car, the boom operator and boom can clearly be seen in the reflective silver windows. See more »


Andrew Barker: Hey Jakey boy! Going on hols then? Where you going? Treasure Island?
Helen Foster: Get lost Andy.
Andrew Barker: Well, when you get back, we'll go for a pint... Or a bottle of rum!
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Crazy Credits

Sophie the dog was credited as herself, as Helen's dog. See more »


Referenced in The Making of 'Monkeyshine' (2008) See more »


Written and Performed by Rob Jones
Courtesy of Cupsogue Pictures Records
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User Reviews

What a great little film!
23 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to attend the world premiere of monkeyshine in Kettering in November 08', after my drama club got hold of some tickets, and although I had seen stuff about it in the paper, I didn't really know what to expect, and didn't hold my breath, but in fact I was pleasantly surprised, as for a low-budget film shot in the local area, it really is very good!

It was great to see local locations used in a 'proper' film, and it was cool to see some people I recognised in it too! Though it was clearly low-budget, the hard work by the filmmakers is obvious, and it paid off, as it has a clear plot (and a great prop), that make the film really enjoyable, and I can't wait to get it on DVD!

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