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Dead Frequency (2010)

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Sam Stuart (Mason) battles with depression and alcohol addiction. He is trying to hold down his job as a night-time radio presenter. He is also in love with Emily (Marshall) but is afraid ... See full summary »

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Rob Burrows

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Rob Burrows
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Mason Stephen Mason ... Sam Stuart
Cheryl Moody ... Jenny
Michaela Marshall Michaela Marshall ... Emily Jasper
Faye Ormston ... Diane
Simon Hodgson Simon Hodgson ... Kevin
Robin Bayne Robin Bayne ... Wayne
Roger Bowmer Roger Bowmer ... Father Matthews
Rob Burrows Rob Burrows ... Mr. Clarkson
Michael Barrell Michael Barrell ... Sgt. Handyside
Melanie Dagg Melanie Dagg ... Jess Edwards
George Collings George Collings ... Roger
Billie Anthony Gaddes Billie Anthony Gaddes ... Billy (as Billie Anthony'Gaddess)
Amy Ormston Amy Ormston ... Jogger
Ann Ridley Ann Ridley ... Pam (voice)
Denise Burrows Denise Burrows ... Woman in Car Park
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Sam Stuart (Mason) battles with depression and alcohol addiction. He is trying to hold down his job as a night-time radio presenter. He is also in love with Emily (Marshall) but is afraid to show his feelings in case of where this will lead. Along with some others they are members of a modern day vampire clan. Having evolved to tolerate daylight they remain vulnerable to attack if their cover is blown. Haunted by guilt from the past atrocities and coping with some very human interpersonal issues they are keen to integrate into society. However a mysterious new manager takes over at the radio station followed closely by government agents who hunt down vampires. This dark comedy handles real world themes in a supernatural way and the outcome of where this leads will keep you guessing until the end. Written by Jeopardy Aspect'Major

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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UK

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English

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2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Newcastle, England, UK

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Solarus Films See more »
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Dead Frequency was first screened India soon after its completion having received Official Selection at the Stepping Stone Film Festival in the fall of 2010. It was then taken on by and received A further theatrical screening in the North East of England at Cineworld in 2011. Since then it has been screened at intervals by Viva TV (Europe). In September 2012 it was further screened in London after receiving Official Selection at the Portobello Film Festival. Dead Frequency was first seen on video-on-demand in the USA before being taken onto the USA's Amazon Prime in Spring 2015. It is also on release in many countries (including it's native UK) on Google Play, but as with all the Solarus films it's main following has been in the USA. See more »

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Reborn Heart
Written by Rob Burrows and Neil Gutteridge
Performed by Corrinna Townsley
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Some will love it, some will hate it.
22 February 2011 | by williams8712345See all my reviews

It is easy to see why some may hate this film. It is different to any vampire film I have ever seen, but for me this makes it a gem. It has sought to evolve the vampire genre to a new level. The story grows gradually and the interpersonal dynamics in a vampire setting may be wasted on some while providing intrigue and depth that others will revel in. Add in the dark humour, oh, and did I mention an enchanting soundtrack and something tells me that its appeal has just widened.

Not the sulky superhuman vampire now so often now portrayed, but three dimensional characters with very real issues. Although there are some special effects the vampire theme was played down and the human aspects were played up. This gives it substance but may alienate those looking for gore and escapism. The cinematography, particularly impressive in places gave Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and truly existential look and feel.

The leading character Emily – portrayed a certain innocent naivety and vulnerability, while showing a tough side with bite. Sam is a deeper character but harder to read. Both performances reveal actors with a promise of more to come. The film is different because it echoes the lives of real people in contemporary Britain. Take powerful emotions and a dark humour, interleave these with topical issues that concern the undead and you are someway to understanding the triumph of originality that the writer and director has conjured.

The acting is frequently strong and the film espouses an original style that makes it stand out from the plethora of standard vampire theme offerings that flood the market. Very few films have come out of the North East of England. You can count them on half a hand. It has been a neglected area, frowned upon as under-achieving and suffering deprivation.

I hope that there are more original films like this to come and that dowdy image of the North East will be further challenged and finally defeated. This is Rob Burrows first film and the fact that it went straight into the cinema suggests that it has a substance to be reckoned with. I hope Rob stays in the North East to make many more. But then, looking at the talent he has found in abundance and the international acclaim already achieved with his first offering, why wouldn't he?


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