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Brave (1994)

| Drama, Music
A runaway girl is interviewed by a psychiatrist after a suicide attempt and her story is shown in subsequent flashbacks, accompanied by the music of Marillion's concept album 'Brave'.


Richard Stanley




Cast overview, first billed only:
Josie Ayers Josie Ayers ... The Girl
Russell Copley Russell Copley ... The Boyfriend
Raymond Sawyer Raymond Sawyer ... The Father
Anthony Story Anthony Story ... The Social Worker
Jema Hewitt Jema Hewitt ... Squatter #1 (as Jemma Davies)
Nat Lerner Nat Lerner ... Squatter #2
Louise Blaine Louise Blaine ... Patient X
Caroline O'Neill Caroline O'Neill ... Young Girl
Leroy Leroy ... Bird Man / Abraxus
Tom Geoghegan Tom Geoghegan ... Policeman #1
Eamon Geoghegan Eamon Geoghegan ... Policeman #2
Michael Hodgson Michael Hodgson ... Psychatrist
Steve Hogarth Steve Hogarth ... Self
Steve Rothery Steve Rothery ... Self
Pete Trewavas Pete Trewavas ... Bass
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A runaway girl is interviewed by a psychiatrist after a suicide attempt and her story is shown in subsequent flashbacks, accompanied by the music of Marillion's concept album 'Brave'. Written by Bernd Sieker <bsieker@techfak.uni-bielefeld.de>

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In some shots, the girl's lover is suddenly replaced by Steve Hogarth. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK version was cut by 3mins 33secs by the BBFC to remove: detailed heroin preparation, sight of a woman slitting her wrists and subsequent shots of her nude bloody body, wrist slashing (in hospital scene) and a close-up of neck slashing. See more »


Edited from Voice of the Moon (1990) See more »


Living With The Big Lie
Written and Performed by Marillion
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Bleak interpretation of a bleak subject
23 August 1999 | by MegabuckSee all my reviews

Brave was Marillion's seventh studio album, their third with Steve Hogarth. It was that most unfashionable of products, a concept album from a prog-rock outfit in the early 90's.

The story was complete invention, starting from a real event; the police found a young woman wandering on a motorway bridge. She couldn't or wouldn't tell them anything. From this starting point, the group wove a story which covered abuse by her father as a child, moving on into drug abuse and a few other events leading to her being on the bridge, contemplating suicide.

The film is an interpretation of the story, with the co-operation of the band - although they feature only in passing on screen. This film is about as far from MTV video as it's possible to get!

The story is mostly told via the images and Marillion's music - there is little dialogue. As such, I feel the film is something of a curate's egg; some of it works really well, while others need more explanation. The scenes with the Hollow Man (the man in the mask) could do with something extra, since it's not really clear if this is simply a barrier the girl erects to protect her from people who hurt her, a cipher that means these people are interchangeable, or something else entirely.

Not a bad effort, but not brilliant, either. If you're unfamiliar with the original album, be prepared to be baffled the first couple of times through.

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