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The Limelight (2012)

Gary Shand is an aging comedian who wants to make the big time.


Glen Maney, John Robson


Glen Maney


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Grover ... Al Moran
Glen Maney Glen Maney ... Gary Shand
Patrick Monahan Patrick Monahan ... Sean Bollinger
Mark Monero ... Adrian Love
Sonya Roseman Sonya Roseman ... Sara Meo
Craig Campbell Craig Campbell ... Chuck
Andrea Williamson Andrea Williamson ... Linda Shand
Darwood Grace Darwood Grace ... Mugger
Laura Maney Laura Maney ... Laura Shand
Nicholas Maney Nicholas Maney ... Nick Shand
Phil Nichol Phil Nichol ... Busker
Kevin McIntyre Kevin McIntyre ... Schizophrenic on Bench
John Robson John Robson ... Bouncer
Roger/Rachel Coomber Roger/Rachel Coomber ... Transvestite
Jim Paton Jim Paton ... Cyril


The film follows the journey of comedian Gary Shand in his quest for celebrity status and recognition from his peers and comedy fans. He's not the world's luckiest guy and winning his battle against depression, alcohol and on coming mental illness whilst trying to be successful on stage means that his life is a roller coaster. Written by GLEN MANEY

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20 April 2012 (UK) See more »


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£80,000 (estimated)
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best laugh I've had in ages
11 August 2012 | by alanmonk-447-285691See all my reviews

I've never written a review before but after seeing a poor review about this film.A film that I fell in love with,I thought I'd write one myself. I had this film recommended to me and decided to give it a go,so I downloaded it from the Distrify site via the official website and I have to say it's probably the best value £8.99 I've ever spent.I found some parts of this micro-budget film hilarious. It's the story of a comedian who is battling all sorts of things while he tries to become successful.Basically he loses everything but is still determined to carry on in his quest. The film stars newcomer Glen Maney (not heard of him before) and Ricky Grover (Andrew Cotton in Eastenders).There's also Mark Monero who I remember used to be in Eastenders and Patrick Monahan who is a UK stand-up who has been on TV a fair bit.Not to mention a comedian called Craig Campbell who is responsible for one of the funniest scenes in the film where he plays a really aggressive barman called 'Chuck". I've watched it twice now and I still keep finding little gems in the dialogue that have me laughing even when the film is finished. Ricky Grover as the nasty comedy manager has some brilliant lines and is one of the funniest characters I've seen in a while.It's a shame the BBC don't like broadcasting comedy that's actually funny because because his character would be ideal for a sit-com spin off. I forgot to mention Mr.Ali.Brilliantly played by Jay Sodagar (again not heard of him before but a UK Stand-Up).There's a scene where he's following the lead character to see if he has money and I was crying watching him bob and weave between cars. All these characters are skillfully allowed to produce their lines by the performance of Glen Maney as the lead.He really does carry the film.His character is almost depressing but he manages to keep him on the funny side of depression and that's all testament to Maney's skill and performance. The lead lady (Sonya Roseman) does a good job as her role as a straight woman for Maney to show his comedic talents off for a change and the bathroom performance when the lead is about to have sex for the first time in years had me crying with laughter. Now be prepared for some tinny sound.Some terrible colouring in places and on occasions those horrible sliding scene transitions that show the inexperience of the film makers.I have to say,all are noticeable BUT the film is well worth the watch and well worth the purchase money because it's quite simply the best black comedy I've seen in years. I won't give the story away but the twist at the end is good and from start to finish I found it a dark delight. The directors,John Robson (never heard of him but obviously has an eye for comedy on screen) and Glen Maney (The same goes for him) should be proud of their first feature film and I for one hope a big studio puts it's weight behind them because I would love people who are actually funny to start making films that are actually funny,instead of me being told how funny a film is by a Hollywood marketing department. Great film and I'll recommend it to anyone.

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