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A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide (2014)

A feel-good film about suicide! After many failed attempts at suicide, twenty-something Tom comes to the conclusion that he needs to think outside the box. He plans out the spectacular ... See full summary »

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Graham Hughes
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Mandy Bhari Mandy Bhari ... Julie
Ray Crofter ... Mr. Neilsen
Scott Cunningham Scott Cunningham ... Scott
Keith Grantham Keith Grantham ... James
Annabel Logan Annabel Logan ... Eve McKinlay
Amanda Marment ... Receptionist
Graeme McGeagh Graeme McGeagh ... Tom Collins
Patrick O'Brien ... Dr. Watson
Tragic O'Hara Tragic O'Hara ... Security Guard
Alan Robertson Alan Robertson ... Mr. Gray
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A feel-good film about suicide! After many failed attempts at suicide, twenty-something Tom comes to the conclusion that he needs to think outside the box. He plans out the spectacular suicide. We follow Tom as he comes to grips with his reasons for his self-destructive nature, develops relationships with those around him and struggles to come up with the Spectacular Suicide. Written by Anonymous

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UK

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7 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Originally the character of Dr. Watson was written as Dr. Hu. His book titles would have been "Hu Knows" and "Hu Knows Best". However no Asian actors responded to the casting call, so the character's name and ethnicity had to be changed. See more »

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A fresh look at mental health and wellbeing from a promising team.
24 June 2014 | by redxdressSee all my reviews

Not without its flaws, but this film gets it right in virtually all the ways that count. It does well to handle the subjects of mental health and suicidality with both humor and seriousness.

I thought the parts were generally well-cast. In particular, I thought the performances of the older character and the psychologist were memorable, and I was surprised to look online and not see more credits to their names yet!

The only minor criticisms I had were that at a few moments, either the script and/or some of the acting felt a bit mannered/ theatrical (rather than film-style), but that didn't take away from the admirable, scrappy, labor of love that really does come across. It's clear that a lot of thought went into this movie.

I do think it's really important to encourage up-and-coming local independent filmmakers, and I hope this work gets a broader circulation.


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