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Brave (1994)

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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'.


Richard Stanley


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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
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Steve Rothery Steve Rothery ... Himself
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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 Dust Devil (1992) See more »


The Great Escape
Written by Marillion and John Helmer
Performed by Marillion
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Why Have Thou Forsaken Me Richard Stanley?
29 July 2005 | by kinojunkieSee all my reviews

I liked director Richard Stanley's HARDWARE and I really liked DUST DEVIL so when I saw this "concept" film by the director on DVD, I forked over the money and crossed my fingers. Brave is a film that revolves around it's musical score which is a full length album by a British band called Marillion. Now, I'm not a fan of their music. Aside from some nice ambient moments I can barely stand the tunes but I wasn't going to let this stand in the way of my enjoyment of the film. I figured Stanley would amaze me given the creative control one assumes comes with making a "concept film". Expecting the surreal, bizarre and abstract, I was instead given a repetitive, boring and clichéd 50 minute music video. The story concerns a young woman who has lost her memory and is being hypnotized, remembering various (mostly painful) moments of her life that have led he to a bridge, possibly to kill herself. Sounds promising but everything is so dull and predictable. The effects look cheap and the imagery lacks the punch I was hoping for. Worst of all, Stanley cuts to footage of the band "rocking out" or close ups of the singer being a poser and singing into the camera throughout the film. There's a lot of emotion in the songs, performances and story, but it all falls flat for me. Fans of Marillion might be forgiving but those watching this hoping for a dose of Richard Stanley will likely be disappointed. Three stars out of ten for the honest attempt and the odd moment that works.

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