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Black Smoke Rising (2012)

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Grieving, drinking and smoking his way through life day by day, blues musician Jonah is compelled to go on a ghostly scavenger hunt by his recently deceased brother Rafe. Only it seems Rafe may have come along for the ride.

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Drew Cullingham

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Drew Cullingham
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Credited cast:
James Fisher ... Jonah
Jonnie Hurn ... Hardy
Wil Johnson ... Simon
Jill Greenacre ... Hannah
Chloe Farnworth ... Alice
Lucy Ter-Berg Lucy Ter-Berg ... Stephanie
Jon Campling ... Digger
Roxanne Gregory Roxanne Gregory ... Samantha
Aj Williams Aj Williams ... Rafe
Denis Hurn Denis Hurn ... Vicar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Hamer Paul Hamer ... Man at the Bus Stop
Ian Manson Ian Manson ... Psychiatrist
Frances Speedie Frances Speedie ... Niamh
Rob Taylor Rob Taylor ... Hardy's Rude Neighbour
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Grieving, drinking and smoking his way through life day by day, blues musician Jonah is compelled to go on a ghostly scavenger hunt by his recently deceased brother Rafe. Only it seems Rafe may have come along for the ride.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

5 September 2018 (UK) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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a gritty and relentless journey through grief to salvation
5 October 2012 | by ourinfoSee all my reviews

This B+W film is shot evocatively, visual contrasts adding to the dark subject. Jonah (played wonderfully by James Fisher) dominates the script and the film depicts him as a fully-believable and deeply bereaved character who's brother has recently died. Both brothers were in the same blues band and the fine music adds lightness and mood. Other performances are strongly characterised and it is good to see Jill Greeenacre on the screen again, this time as a clairvoyant assisting Jonah on his UK mystery-tour to find his own worth. A good deal of work has gone into the story-boarding and cutting room to develop a finely-crafted film with echoes of Hitchcock. If you are recently bereaved or depressed, then the film would be about as helpful as Leonard Cohen on a stormy night, but if you love mood, emotion and the sparks of life that visit from dark places, then this film satisfies.


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