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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


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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 ... Himself
Steve Rothery Steve Rothery ... Himself
Pete Trewavas Pete Trewavas ... Bass


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 »


Written and Performed by Marillion
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A golden opportunity thrown away
30 July 2002 | by simon-118See all my reviews

Arguably Marillion's greatest achievement in a career of consistent lack of recognition, Brave is a remarkable piece of music with astounding lyrics. Steve Hogarth sinks into the world of an angst ridden teenager with frightening accuracy, but in the hands of Richard Stanley the idea of making a vivid visual accompaniment to the songs collapses into embarrassment. The movie looks dreadful for a start, with horridly crude special effects. The little dialogue there is is cringeable. And a relatively simple story becomes complicated and confused, with men in masks and voodoo temples wandering in and out of the story for no reason. This is just being obscure for the sake of it; there are no meanings being this chaotic mess. Even the opening sequence of the girl on the bridge is bland. It's shot in daylight...everything that could be wrong with such scenes is. Josie Ayres is suitably expressive in the lead but she clearly deserves better than this. It's childish and tries to shock, but only alienates. It all goes to show that the idea of a music video is frequently a bad one, robbing music of the richness of your own personal imaginings. And yet Marillion have done a few god 'uns, namely Kayleigh, Sugar Mice and He Knows You Know.

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