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Death of a Superhero -- From Tribeca Film. Andy Serkis (THE HOBBIT, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (LOVE ACTUALLY, NOWHERE BOY) star in this exceptional and honest portrayal of a teenager struggling with his own mortality.
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5 April 2012 (Russia) See more »
A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality. | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Thomas Brodie-Sangster ... Donald
Lilly Forgach ... Shrink #1 (as Lilly Forgách)
Ian Fitzgibbon ... Shrink #2 / Voice of the Glove

Michael McElhatton ... James

Sharon Horgan ... Renata

Ronan Raftery ... Jeff

Andy Serkis ... Dr. Adrian King

Aisling Loftus ... Shelly
Sean Duggan ... Teacher
Ben Harding ... Michael
Killian Coyle ... Hugo
Rebecca Thompson ... Sharon
Enda Oates ... English Teacher
Peter Sexton ... Billy
Jane Brennan ... Dr. Johnson
Aisling Bodkin ... Joanna
Dónal Haughey ... Guy at Laptop
Simon Mulcahy ... Teenage Guy
Holly Gregg ... Maja

Emma Eliza Regan ... Morna
Mella Carron ... Wendy
Julie Sharkey ... Nurse
Billy Gibson ... Rugby Jock

Mary Murray ... Prostitute #1
Rachel Dunne ... Prostitute #2

Jessica Schwarz ... Tanya
Joe Dermody ... Patient in Hospital
Christine Cotter ... Patient in Hospital
Warren Farrell ... Patient in Hospital
Christopher Doyle ... Patient in Hospital
Alan Bradley ... Patient in Hospital
Theo Fitzgibbon ... Teenage Crowd
Eliza Fitzgibbon ... Teenage Crowd
Kitty McLaughlin-Dunning ... Teenage Crowd
Saoirse Benson ... Teenage Crowd

Ned Dennehy ... The Glove

Matthias Beier ... The Glove

Olga Wehrly ... Nursey Worsey
Amelia Growley ... Nursey Worsey
Nina-Friederike Gnädig ... Nursey Worsey (as Nina Gnädig)

Amy Huberman ... Nursey Worsey (voice)

Directed by
Ian Fitzgibbon 
Writing credits
Anthony McCarten (screenplay)

Anthony McCarten (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Lukas Batthyany .... associate producer
Michael Coldewey .... co-producer
Paul Donovan .... executive producer
Matthias Esche .... executive producer
Michael Garland .... producer
Astrid Kahmke .... producer
Jan S. Kaiser .... executive producer
Philipp Kreuzer .... producer
Anthony McCarten .... executive producer
Ailish McElmeel .... associate producer
Paul Myler .... line producer
Gilbert Möhler .... line producer
Mark Porsche .... co-producer
Christine Strobel .... producer: animation
Original Music by
Marius Ruhland 
Cinematography by
Tom Fährmann 
Film Editing by
Tony Cranstoun 
Casting by
Ros Hubbard 
Louise Kiely 
Siegfried Wagner 
Production Design by
Mark Geraghty 
Art Direction by
Louise Mathews 
Set Decoration by
Claudia Ulrich 
Manuela Ulrich 
Costume Design by
Kathy Strachan 
Makeup Department
Bernie Dooley .... hair stylist
Constanze Madlindl .... makeup artist: Germany
Aoife Mullally .... assistant makeup artist
Louise Myler .... makeup artist
Production Management
Philip Hahn .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lyndzi Doyle .... trainee assistant director
Bill Kirk .... first assistant director
Rosai Mc Carthy .... third assistant director
Brian 'Joker' Mulvey .... second assistant director
Alison Whearty .... daily trainee assistant director
Art Department
Lukas Frese .... concept artist
Lyndon Johnston .... dressing props
Rene Knol .... dressing props
Nicky MacManus .... construction manager
Owen Monaghan .... set designer
Peter Oedekoven .... storyboard artist
Neill Treacy .... trainee
Siegmar Warnecke .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Emma Butt .... adr recordist
Ray Cross .... sound mixer
Naomi Dandridge .... adr mixer
Joo Fürst .... foley artist
Manni Gläser .... sound post production manager
Magda Habernickel .... dialogue editor
Frank Heidbrink .... sound mixer
Andrea Koschmieder .... foley editor
Benjamin A. Rosenkind .... re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator
Christoph von Schönburg .... sound designer
Christoph von Schönburg .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Johann Albrecht .... production assistant: Trixter Film
Sabina Bihlmaier .... digital compositor: Trixter Film
Vladimir Brajovic .... storyboard artist: Trixter Film
Alessandro Cioffi .... visual effects supervisor: Trixter Film
Sebastian Dille .... digital compositor: Trixter Film
Antje Ehlert .... prop design: Trixter Film
Lukas Frese .... concept artist: Trixter Film
Ebru Gönül .... digital compositor: Trixter Film
Sebastian Haas .... pipeline manager: Trixter Film
Michael Habenicht .... compositing td: Trixter Film
Silke Harbauer .... production secretary: Trixter Film
Andreas Heinrich .... background layouts: Trixter Film
Gregor Höss .... digital compositor: Trixter Film
Sabine Janetzka .... digital compositor: Trixter Film
Maike Kaemper .... visual effects and animation producer: Trixter Film (as Maike Timmann)
Daniela Kirin .... animatics: Trixter Film
Simone Kraus .... creative director: Trixter Film
Max Krichenbauer .... pipeline developer: Trixter Film
Hervé Leblan .... set design: Trixter Film
Mathis Lex .... digital compositor: Trixter Film
Greg Manwaring .... lead animator and overseas supervisor: Trixter Film
Anthony McCarten .... creation character design: Trixter Film
Thomas Menz .... title designer: CinePostproduction GmbH
Peter Oedekoven .... storyboard artist: Trixter Film
Peter Popken .... concept artist: Trixter Film
Peter Popken .... storyboard artist: Trixter Film
Sophie Pruzsinszky .... production coordinator: Trixter Film
Felix Rothballer .... IT manager: Trixter Film
Benjamin Scabell .... digital compositor: Trixter Film
Niel Schorfield .... digital compositor: Trixter Film
Jan Sichermann .... pipeline developer: Trixter Film
Katharina Siebenborn .... background painting: Trixter Film
Daniele Siragusano .... pipeline td
Christine Strobel .... visual effects producer
Sebastian Vogel .... set design: Trixter Film
Thomas von Kummant .... visual consultant
Siegmar Warnecke .... storyboard artist: Trixter Film
Caroline Weidenhiller .... digital compositor: Trixter Film
Philipp Welle .... digital compositor: Trixter Film
Georg Wieland .... executive visual effects producer: Trixter Film
Dominik Zimmerle .... digital compositor: Trixter Film
Dominik Zimmerle .... lead concept artist: Trixter Film
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregor Baumert .... digital imaging technician
Yoshua Berkowitz .... digital imaging technician
Yoshua Berkowitz .... steadicam operator
Pablo Gotzes .... second assistant camera
Allen Kiely .... still photographer
Frankie Leonard .... clapper loader
Simon Magee .... electrician
James McGuire .... gaffer: Ireland
Micheal O'Mogáin .... best boy
Heiko Wentorp .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica O'Leary .... costume supervisor
Cassandra Steyn-Taylor .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Alan Freir .... assistant editor
Andreas Minuth .... colorist
Jakob Seidel .... on-line editor
Stefan Weiß .... assistant editor
Location Management
Dougal Cousins .... location scout
Karl Daly .... assistant location manager (2010)
Will Gore .... location assistant
Niall Martin .... location manager
Music Department
Peter Fuchs .... score mixer
Karin Gatzke .... music consultant
Karin Gatzke .... music coordinator
Other crew
Hilary Barrett .... post production coordinator
Josef Brandmaier .... funding
Manfred Burger .... funding
Daniel Dowling .... production assistant
Joanne Duffy .... assistant accountant
Geraldine East .... legal services
Marcos Eberle .... postproduction supervisor
Jürgen Jerschl .... funding
Astrid Kahmke .... script consultant
Rory MacDermott .... production accountant
Peter H. Rutkat .... funding
Rachel Smith .... production coordinator
Kathleen Weir .... script supervisor

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Philip Larkin's poem "This Be The Verse" from the book Collected Poems By Philip Larkin is quoted.See more »
[first lines]
Shrink #1:Why do you think you're here? Donald? Why do you think you're here?
Donald Clarke:I'm thinking.
Shrink #2:What are you thinking, Donald? Hmm? Come on, what are you feeling? Sometimes it can be so...
Donald Clarke:What time is it?
Shrink #2:Don't worry, plenty of time.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
nice dying guy coming-of-age movie, 20 June 2015
Author: SnoopyStyle

Donald (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) is dying of cancer. He's angry and distancing himself from his parents. He draws comic book art and sees his world through his drawings. He is sent to shrink #6 Dr. Adrian King (Andy Serkis). He also falls for rebellious classmate Shelly (Aisling Loftus). She insists on using O'Reilly after her step-father Fitzgerald left.

The kid is good in the role. He's got an interesting face and was also memorable in 'Game of Thrones'. This is a pretty standard sick kid role. Andy Serkis shows that he's more than a motion capture actor although I wish he gets rid of those sweaters. It's too obvious. Donald's friends need to be fleshed out more. They are all non-descript idiots without any distinguishing qualities. It may be useful to have only one best friend played by a good young comic. Aisling Loftus is great as the dream girl. The problem is that the movie moves away from her too much. Their relationship has some of the best moments of the movie. I especially like the scene where he lets her down.

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