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Skellig: The Owl Man (2009)

Skellig (original title)
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After moving with his family into a new home, a boy discovers a bird-like man living in the old garage on their property.

Director:

Annabel Jankel (as AJ Jankel)

Writers:

David Almond (based on the book by:), Irena Brignull (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Skellig
Kelly Macdonald ... Louise
Bill Milner ... Michael
John Simm ... Dave
Skye Bennett ... Mina
Jermaine Allen Jermaine Allen ... Leakey
Eros Vlahos ... Coot
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Grace (as Edna Dore)
Alexander Armstrong ... Mr Hunt
Navin Chowdhry ... Mr Watson
Nickie Rainsford Nickie Rainsford ... Mina's Mother
Tameka Empson ... Nurse 1
Lisa Zahra Lisa Zahra ... Nurse 2
Keiron Self ... Suited Man
Queenie Wren Dempsey Queenie Wren Dempsey ... Baby Grace
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Storyline

Unatheletic pre-teen schoolboy Michael is dragged to a new home in the countryside by his father Dave. Fitting in with new classmates is hard, but Michael bonds with protective jock Leakey and a fellow nerd nature lover. In a garden shed he discovers a strange, weak man with owl wings, who becomes a friend whom he helps regain strength and evacuates him to a tree house when father burns down the shed. Learning the 'owl man' is a rundown force of nature, Michael hopes he can help his baby sister's probably fatal medical condition. Written by KGF Vissers

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some peril and language | See all certifications »

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Skellig has nictitating membranes, translucent inner eyelids which are found in birds (among other animals) and used to protect the eyes during flight. This can be clearly seen in one scene in the shed, where the camera focuses on his eye blinking. See more »

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(at around 12 mins) Louise drops on the floor flower in pot along with her mobile. A few seconds later the mobile is on top of box again. See more »

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You Get What You Give
Composed by The New Radicals
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A film of more depth and power than nearly all of its recent peers.
8 October 2010 | by SteveSkafteSee all my reviews

As far as children's fantasy films go, "Skellig" is excellent. One of the best ever, in fact. Unlike a lot of other such adaptations to come out in the past few years, this film is never overwhelmed by special effects or action sequences. Rather, it's quite grounded in reality as natural feeling. There's that certain combination of improbability and cinematic style that always keeps it from being an experience that transcends the genre, but that comes with the territory.

Bill Milner (as Michael), who I'd seen previously in "Is Anybody There?" is what focuses the film. He offers up a performance that's at once easy to identify with and totally believable. Skye Bennett, who played his friend, was also very good. She has the kind of brilliance that makes you look forward to seeing more of her. Two actors I'd previously liked a lot (Kelly Macdonald and John Simm) play Michael's parents. Though less significant roles, it's their talent that makes the family aspect of the film so much more convincing.

As for Tim Roth - he is what it all hinges on. The melancholy, fearfulness, emotional expression and power of his performance gives "Skellig" something beyond expectation. He takes the film to a higher level. The director, Annabel Jankel, who'd not previously made anything approaching decent quality, proves herself to be someone capable of telling a good story. I enjoyed this film, and I'd show it to my kids.

If I had any.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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