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Black Smoke Rising -- Grieving, drinking and smoking his way through life day by day, blues musician Jonah is compelled to go on a ghostly scavenger hunt by his recently deceased brother Rafe. Only it seems Rafe may have come along for the ride.

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Grieving, drinking and smoking his way through life day by day, blues musician Jonah is compelled to go on a ghostly scavenger hunt by his recently deceased brother Rafe. Only it seems Rafe may have come along for the ride. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

James Fisher ... Jonah

Jonnie Hurn ... Hardy

Wil Johnson ... Simon

Jill Greenacre ... Hannah

Chloe Farnworth ... Alice
Lucy Ter-Berg ... Stephanie

Jon Campling ... Digger
Roxanne Gregory ... Samantha
Aj Williams ... Rafe
Denis Hurn ... Vicar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Hamer ... Man at the Bus Stop
Ian Manson ... Psychiatrist
Frances Speedie ... Niamh
Rob Taylor ... Hardy's Rude Neighbour

Directed by
Drew Cullingham 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Drew Cullingham 

Produced by
Drew Cullingham .... producer
James Fisher .... producer
Jonnie Hurn .... producer
Ian Manson .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Barnett 
 
Cinematography by
Glen Warrillow 
 
Film Editing by
Drew Cullingham 
 
Production Design by
Charlie Falconer 
 
Makeup Department
Abbé Fisher .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ian Manson .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Kith Ee Cheeng .... adr supervisor
J.D. Evans .... sound designer
Paul Hamer .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Hamer .... making of documentary director
Ryan Parkins .... second assistant camera
 
Other crew
Rob Taylor .... runner
 

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103 min
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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
a gritty and relentless journey through grief to salvation, 5 October 2012
Author: Ai Mcleod from United Kingdom

This B+W film is shot evocatively, visual contrasts adding to the dark subject. Jonah (played wonderfully by James Fisher) dominates the script and the film depicts him as a fully-believable and deeply bereaved character who's brother has recently died. Both brothers were in the same blues band and the fine music adds lightness and mood. Other performances are strongly characterised and it is good to see Jill Greeenacre on the screen again, this time as a clairvoyant assisting Jonah on his UK mystery-tour to find his own worth. A good deal of work has gone into the story-boarding and cutting room to develop a finely-crafted film with echoes of Hitchcock. If you are recently bereaved or depressed, then the film would be about as helpful as Leonard Cohen on a stormy night, but if you love mood, emotion and the sparks of life that visit from dark places, then this film satisfies.

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