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Up There (2012)

Martin (deceased) is stuck in a dead-end job, welcoming the newly departed into the afterlife. All he dreams of is going 'Up There'. But his plans are thrown into disarray when he has to ... See full summary »


Zam Salim


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Credited cast:
Burn Gorman ... Martin
Iain De Caestecker ... Tommy
Warren Brown ... Slab Boy Joey
Kate O'Flynn ... Liz
Jo Hartley ... Margaret
Alexander Morton ... New Supervisor
Kulvinder Ghir ... Ali
Kirsty Strain ... Cheryl
Chris Waitt ... Counsellor
Aymen Hamdouchi ... Rash
Brad Moore ... Warder
James Young James Young ... Lino
David Cheung ... Warder 2
Paul McCole Paul McCole ... Tony
Leon Vickers Leon Vickers ... Registrar


Martin (deceased) is stuck in a dead-end job, welcoming the newly departed into the afterlife. All he dreams of is going 'Up There'. But his plans are thrown into disarray when he has to team up with the relentlessly chirpy Rash and together they lose a new arrival. The mismatched pair give chase and end up in a remote seaside town populated by cocky teenagers, sinister old women and the enigmatic Liz, who has 'suicide written all over her'. Can they stop bickering long enough to find the lost soul? Will Rash be reunited with his brother Chunky? And can Martin get back in time to finally get 'Up There'? UP THERE is a killer comedy about life, death and irritating friends. Written by Anonymous

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Caring in the afterlife is a dead-end job


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy



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Release Date:

16 November 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Laid Off See more »

Filming Locations:

Johnstone, Renfrewshire See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Salim developed this feature from his 2006 short 'Laid Off' which received over half a million hits on YouTube. See more »


Martin: My wife struggled to move on, but luckily Keith was there to comfort her...
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Written by C Fetti / Realbeatbangas
Performed by C Fetti
Courtesy of Ballerz Inc. Entertainment
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Moving on up
14 August 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Up There is a low budget quirky film dealing with the afterlife like it is being stuck in an Immigration Centre in Croydon as an employee.

Martin (Burn Gorman) killed in a road traffic accident is stuck in the afterlife waiting room. He is waiting, hoping he is ready to go up there but until then he welcomes the newly departed by helping them get registered and fill in the bureaucratic forms.

His afterlife is thrown into disarray when he has to team up with the chippy and motor mouthed cod street gangster Rash and together they lose a new arrival and end up in a small seaside town trying to find the runaway soul. Maybe Martin will finally care about the deceased people around him rather than hang around and wait for time to pass by.

Up There is a low key film with a washed out look. It definitely makes you feel that being dead is no fun, actually being dead is crap and boring where the guys try to find a nice place where they can see couples having sex.

Its a bittersweet, dry comedy and Burn Gorman plays it gloomily deadpan as he sees his best friend moving on to his grieving widow and his best friend in the afterlife move upstairs without him. Of course Gorman has form here, he played a dead Torchwood agent still walking after he got killed!

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