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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain ()


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English artist Louis Wain rises to prominence at the end of the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings that seemed to reflect his declining sanity.

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Louis Wain
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Emily Richardson-Wain
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Caroline Wain
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Sir William Ingram
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Josephine Wain
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Claire Wain
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Marie Wain
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Felicie Wain
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Mrs. Wain
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Dan Rider
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Herbert Railton
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Max Kase
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Alicia Simmonds
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Bendigo
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Henry Wood
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Dr. Elphick
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Mrs. DuFrayne
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H.G. Wells
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Narrator
Fehinti Balogun ...
Praga
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Woodville Jr
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Judith
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Dr Cooke (as Siobhán McSweeney)
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Dr. Quantock
Simon Munnery ...
Jem Mace
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Train Attendant
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Journeyman Boxer
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Young Louis
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Young Claire
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Young Marie
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Young Felicie
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Paper Girl (1891)
Felix Wilde ...
Peter
Windsor Wilde ...
Young Peter
Norbury Ackland ...
Kitten Peter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christine Callaghan ...
Dog walker (uncredited)
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Gravedigger (uncredited)
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Pauper (uncredited)
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Removal Man (uncredited)
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London Campaigner (uncredited)
David Persiva ...
Phil May (uncredited)
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Special Action (uncredited)
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Spa clientele (uncredited)
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Psychiatric Patient (uncredited)
Jas Rivers ...
William Wain (uncredited)
Karol Steele ...
American Cat Fancier / English Protester (uncredited)
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Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Peter Trevor ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by

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Will Sharpe

Written by

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Simon Stephenson ... (screenplay by) and
Will Sharpe ... (screenplay by)
 
Simon Stephenson ... (story by)

Produced by

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Adam Ackland ... producer (produced by)
Daniel Battsek ... executive producer
Ed Clarke ... producer (produced by)
Leah Clarke ... producer (produced by)
Ron Halpern ... executive producer
Guy Heeley ... producer (produced by)
Didier Lupfer ... executive producer
Dan MacRae ... executive producer
Ollie Madden ... executive producer
Julia Oh ... executive producer
Donald Sabourin ... co-producer
Simon Stephenson ... executive producer

Music by

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Arthur Sharpe

Cinematography by

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Erik Wilson ... (as Erik Alexander Wilson)

Film Editing by

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Selina Macarthur

Editorial Department

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Joshua Callis-Smith ... dailies colourist
Simon Chubbock ... lab supervisor
Sam Chynoweth ... digital intermediate color supervisor
Dan Coles ... colourist
Andy Dickinson ... senior lab operator
Johnathan Wei Dickinson ... digital intermediate editor
Craig Ferreira ... first assistant editor
Mark Fraser ... lab operator
Jon Harris ... additional editor
Lewis Humble ... post production coordinator
Christy Kail ... lab operator: dailies
Begoña Lopez ... digital intermediate producer
Ian Mosedale ... digital intermediate technical supervisor
Daniel Rosenberg ... trainee lab operator
Robert Siddall ... head of engineering

Casting By

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Dixie Chassay

Production Design by

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Suzie Davies

Art Direction by

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Caroline Barclay ... supervising art director
Thalia Ecclestone

Set Decoration by

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Charlotte Dirickx
Robert Haynes ... (props buyer)

Costume Design by

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Michael O'Connor

Makeup Department

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Marina Altomare ... prosthetics effects technician: silicone runner
Aurora Beadle ... prosthetic effects technician: silicone runner
Laura Blount ... Crowd hair and makeup supervisor
Linzi Bowen ... Crowd
Laura Breslin ... Hair and Makeup Assistant to Donald McInnes
Anita Burger ... hair stylist
Steven Byrne ... mould maker
Zac Coyle ... hair punching
Amy de Rees ... Crowd makeup and hair Artist
Annette Field ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Grace Firmin ... Hair and Makeup Trainee
Gemma Flaherty ... crowd hair stylist
Amy Haida ... hair & make up artist
Rachael Hallum ... hair & makeup junior
Vickie Lang ... Hair & Make Up Designer
Chris Lyons ... special effects teeth
Kristyan Mallett ... prosthetic makeup designer
Donald McInnes ... hair design: Benedict Cumberbatch / makeup designer: Benedict Cumberbatch
Jordan McMahon ... Hair and Makeup Trainee
Sophie Alexandra Medhurst ... prosthetic hair fx artist
Sally Miura ... crowd daily
Molly Peters ... hair and makeup artist
Nora Robertson ... hair stylist: crowd / makeup artist crowd
Hannah Scott ... hair artist
Kate Wakefield ... prosthetic silicone technician
Dominique Wallaker ... crowd hair and makeup
Victoria Warrington ... contact lens technician
Steven Harris ... prosthetic effects technician (uncredited)

Production Management

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Cheyenne Conway ... unit production manager
Scott Foundas ... executive in charge of production
Amelia Sabeti ... production assistant

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jamie D. Allen ... key second assistant director
Vlad Cirdeiu ... Crowd 3rd AD
Scott Claydon ... crowd third assistant director
Marie Devautour ... Crowd 2nd Assistant Director
Jackson Ezard ... third assistant director: Crowd
Nathan Foote ... Set PA
Mac Montero ... base third assistant director
Gemma Morton ... third assistant director: crowd / third assistant director: splinter unit
Laura Parkinson-Tuthill ... Floor second assistant director / third assistant director
Olly Robinson ... first assistant director
Maria Stamatakos ... crowd production assistant
Anastasia Tolmacova ... additional assistant director

Art Department

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Alex Abelman ... carpenter
Marc Ashmore ... carpenter
Helen Brake ... Petty Cash Buyer
Jamie Brown ... carpenter
Gary Bustard ... dressing props: dailies
Eva Calland-Waller ... art department: work experience
Paulina Camacho ... Work experience
Katie Dadswell ... graphics trainee
Richard Dalton ... standby props: first stand-by props
James Darnbrough ... set dresser
Nick Dilworth ... construction manager
Katie Driscoll ... graphic designer (creditOnly)
Seonaid Fowler ... graphics assistant
Tom Gibson ... standby props: Daily
Edward Grayson ... prop hand
Joanna Guillemot ... Standby painter
Callum Haden ... Chargehand
Caroline Harper ... Stand-by Art Director
Douglas Ingram ... storyboard artist
Polina Kalentsits ... assistant set decorator
Celestria Kimmins ... assistant art director
Kat Law ... draftsperson
Debbie Lowndes ... drapesmaster
Hafina Morgan ... petty cash buyer
Lara Murray ... hod scenic painter
Fabian Nyblom ... prop maker
Christopher Pigott ... chargehand dressing props
Mick Pirie ... buyer
Otis Poole-Evans ... carpenter
Elena Real-Davies ... Art Department Assistant
Matt Reed ... set dresser: dailies
Jen Saguaro ... drapes
P.R. Smith ... property master (as Phil Smith)
Michael Spence ... set dresser
Johnny Stoten ... dressing props: daily
Gemma Taylor ... art department trainee
Milly White ... art department: work experience
James Wright ... carpenter: dailies

Sound Department

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Jennifer Annor ... First assistant sound: second unit (dailies)
Ben Brazier ... Supervising Sound Editor
Robert Brazier ... sound effects editor: supervising sound editor
Ben Cross ... foley mixer
Simon Diggins ... ADR Mixer
David Giles ... production sound mixer: second unit
Rashad Hall-Heinz ... Production Sound Mixer
Chris Navarro ... adr mixer
John Richards ... adr mixer
Robbie Scott ... mix technician
Hugh Sherlock ... first assistant sound
Will Stanton ... assistant re-recording mixer
Ian Waggott ... foley artist
Jessica Watkins ... mix technician

Special Effects by

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Tom Paine ... special effects coordinator / special effects technician
Nick Rideout ... special effects supervisor
Paris Rivers ... special effects assistant
Steven Templeton ... sfx senior technician
Destiny Trow ... special effects trainee
Massimo Vico ... special effects senior technician
Chris Watson ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Antony Allen ... digital compositor
Stefano Bagnoli ... roto/prep artist: One Of Us
Jamie Bellamy ... digital compositor: One Of Us VFX
Kyran Bishop ... roto/prep artist: One of Us
Ruxandra Cristoiu ... compositor: one of us
Christiant D'Alberto ... senior compositor inhouse
Rupert Davies ... visual effects supervisor
Maurizio Di Vitto ... roto/prep artist
Alex Drewett ... matchmove artist: One of Us
Susana Fernández Casco ... Compositor
Jessica Garment ... roto/prep lead: One of Us
Jenny Gauci ... roto/prep lead: one of us
Simon Giblin ... Digital Visual Effects Artist
Catarina Gonçalves ... digital compositor: One Of Us VFX
Vincent Goodsell ... digital compositor
Lee Greatorex ... visual effects artist: One of Us
Carlijn Hoogstad ... visual effects production assistant: One of Us
Neil Impey ... visual effects onset supervisor
Thomas Kidd ... roto/prep artist: One of Us
Natalie MacDonald ... digital compositor
Katherine Melville ... roto/prep artist: One of Us
Danielle Millington-Peck ... visual effects editor
Chieka Ononye ... compositor
Stuart Partridge ... visual effects supervisor: In House
Steve Pavlovsky ... analog video artist
Dominik Platen ... Compositing Supervisor: One Of Us
Christian Poullay ... lead matchmove artist: One of Us
Robyn Roach ... roto/prep artist: One of Us
Matthew Sherwood ... matchmove artist: one of us
Sheila Silveira ... visual effects production coordinator: One Of Us
Stephen J. Smith ... roto/prep supervisor: One of Us
Christopher Taylor ... digital compositor
Lauren Took ... miniature model maker
Anatoly Vladimirov ... System Administrator: One of Us

Stunts

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Phil Campbell ... stunts
Elizabeth Donker Curtius ... stunt double: Stacy Martin
Tanguy Guinchard ... utility stunts
Mark Stanton-Kelly ... stunt performer
Luke Tumber ... Stunt double benedict cumberbatch

Camera and Electrical Department

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Westley Agius ... electrician
David Broadfoot ... standby rigger. grips dept.
Jaap Buitendijk ... still photographer
Joshua Callis-Smith ... digital imaging technician: main unit
Lucas Campain ... Camera Trainee
Robbie Chapman ... second assistant camera 'b' camera
Owen Charnley ... grip: dailies
Chris Cole ... Camera Trainee: Dailies
Sarah Collins ... 2nd AC
Georgina Cook ... Clapper Loader: Dailies
Lara Cornell ... assistant to Jaap Buitendijk
Kriss Dallimore ... first assistant camera: dailies
John Ferguson ... steadicam and b camera operator
Adam Forde ... Video Operator
Ilaria Fulvio ... first assistant camera: dailies - pickups
Jon Garwes ... first assistant camera
Harry Gay ... lighting technician: dailies
Oliver Hallam ... clapper loader: dailies - pickups
George Jenkins ... Lighting Console Operator
Jack Knott ... electrician
Matthew Mole ... Trainee Grip
Joshua Morgan-Green ... Best Boy Grip
Ronan Murphy ... Key Grip
Stephen Price ... phantom camera technician
Nicholas Randall ... Digital Imaging Technician & Video Trainee
Iwan Prys Reynolds ... Focus Puller A Camera
Ben Sansom ... camera trainee: dailies
William Sheffield ... Second Unit Gaffer
Matthew Stanley ... video assistant: second unit
Giulio Strata ... digital imaging technician: dailies
Oliver Whickman ... gaffer
Domingo Simon ... camera trainee: dailies (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Carlos Garcia Barragan ... animator
Xavier Marot ... animator
Constantinos Sophocleous ... one of us ltd: animator

Casting Department

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Ceri Bedingfield ... casting assistant
Lucy Jordan ... casting associate
Lucy Rands ... Child Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Carly Andrews ... Costume maker
India Ayles ... trainee assistant costume designer
Nina Bertolone ... principal costume stand by
Amy Brady ... junior costume maker
Sarah Brest ... Wardrobe Mistress
Viveene Campbell ... costume supervisor
Lea Chaudat ... junior costume daily
Grace Clark ... Assistant Costume Designer
Adem Aydin Grace ... costumer
Alex Grace ... Crowd Costume Supervisor
Grace Hands ... Costume Assistant
Ekaterina Kreinin ... Principal Cutter
Maia Herzog Lee ... costumer
Twan Lentjes ... Junior Costume Maker
Joan Murray ... costume maker
Patrick Reynolds ... Costume Maker
Cristina Ruggeri ... costumer
Joseph Thorpe ... principal costume standby
Cristy Watson ... crowd set costumer

Location Management

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Ben Ahmed ... Supervising Location Manager
Rachel Blewitt ... location scout
Megan Bussey ... Location Marshal (as Meg Bussey)
Lauren Chambers ... Unit Manager
Emma Harrison ... assistant location manager
Emily Hoy ... location coordinator
Peter Kelly ... location manager
Jaanus Murumaa ... assistant location manager: additional photography
Kurtis Parker ... assistant location manager
Harriet Press ... assistant location manager
Richie Ramsey ... Unit assistant / location assistant
Hannah Sapira ... location assistant: dailies
Antonio Suviri ... location scout
Piotr Litwinski ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Christoph Bauschinger ... music editor
Sarah Bridge ... Score Supervisor
Edward Farmer ... Orchestrator: Conductor
Olga FitzRoy ... score engineer & mixer
Lydia Kavina ... theremin
Yann McCullough ... music editor
Amy Stewart ... orchestra contractor: Isobel Griffiths Ltd.

Script and Continuity Department

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Alana Marmion-Warr ... script supervisor
Matt Steen ... script supervisor: second unit

Transportation Department

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Michael Geary ... picture car coordinator
Stevie Kotey ... transportation captain
David Lewis ... transport supplier
Ellie Rawlings ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

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Juliet Baptiste-Kelly ... Home Economist
Ariana Brophy ... utility stand-in
Caz Bennett Calaguas ... location marshal: dailies
Zoë Carey-Williams ... production assistant: dailies / stand-in/pa: dailies
Richard Carless ... marine coordinator
Harriet Crate ... production runner: daily
Hugo Currie ... EPK producer
Sam Dent ... horse master
Steve Dent ... horsemaster
Corine Dhondee ... assistant: Mr Sharpe
Lillie Fleur ... production coordinator
Zoe Flower ... unit publicist
Jonathan Fransman ... Legal & Business Affairs Executive: Film4
Mia Garfield ... runner stand-in: dailies
Katie-Mae Griffith ... assistant: Mr Cumberbatch
Max Hartney ... production assistant
Boyd Harvey ... insurance: Media Insurance Brokers
Robert Havill ... assistant to Ms. Foy
Johannes Helmling ... crowd pa: dailies
Rebecca Holmes ... assistant: Benedict Cumberbatch
Lewis Humble ... Post Production Coordinator
Rocio Lopez Costillas ... Crowd PA/Lock off PA: Daily (as Rocio Lopez)
Amber McClean ... Location PA
Yasmin McCullough ... Utility Stand in: dailies
Matt McNally ... EPK Producer
Pete Meads ... medic
Andy Piers Morris ... water safety
Richard Morrison ... main and end titles designer
Lola Olutola ... Skillset Production Trainee
Max Park ... development and production executive: Film4
Charlie Pinsent ... Assistant Production Accountant
Freya Pinsent ... financial controller
Alex Reynolds ... Movement Choreographer
Amy Sharman ... assistant production coordinator
Patricia Sommer ... crowd pa
Nathan Strachan ... home ents editor: PMA Film & Television
Ruth Sweeney ... Producers' Assistant
Sarah Turner ... Production Secretary
Dean Wares ... main and end titles designer
Jonathan Wayre ... vintage radio studio equipment supplied by
Franki Hackett ... horse dept (uncredited)

Thanks

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Elliott Daniels ... thanks to: Metropolitan Police Film Unit
Stephen Dixon ... thanks to: Metropolitan Police Film Unit
Humphrey Elles-Hill ... thanks
Brian Nickels ... in memory of

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, psychedelic pictures transformed the public's perception of cats forever. Set in the early 1900s, we follow Wain as he seeks to unlock the "electrical" mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson (Claire Foy).

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Also Known As
  • Louis Wain (United States)
  • Luisa Veina kaķu pasaule (Latvia)
  • 路易斯韋恩的迷幻貓世界 (Hong Kong, Cantonese title)
  • Наелектризиращият живот на Луис Уейн (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Il visionario mondo di Louis Wain (Italy)
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  • 111 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Although the character of Emily Richardson is meant to be ten years older than Louis, Claire Foy is actually eight years younger than Benedict Cumberbatch. See more »
Goofs When Mr. Wain first arrives in New York, as he walks along a city street. The year shown on the screen is 1907. As he walks down the street, he is passed by several horse drawn carriage and then an automobile of early 1900 vintage. Next, another in car passes which is from the post 1915-1925 era, later than the timeframe depicted. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Benedict Cumberbatch/Nikolay Baskov (2021). See more »
Quotes Louis Wain: You make the world beautiful and warm and kind. I just wanted to say thank you for that before it's too late.
Emily Richardson-Wain: I don't make the world beautiful, Louis. The world is beautiful, and you've helped me to see that, too. Just remember - however hard things get, however much you feel like you're struggling, the world is full of beauty. And it's up to you to capture it, Louis. To look and to share it with as many people as you can. You are a prism through which that beam of life refracts.
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