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The Lighthouse (2016)

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Based on real events which saw two lighthouse keepers stranded for months at sea in a freak storm, the film tells a tale of death, madness and isolation; a desolate trip into the heart of human darkness.


Chris Crow
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Credited cast:
Mark Lewis Jones ... Thomas Griffiths
Michael Jibson ... Thomas Howell
Ian Virgo ... Company Man #1
Nathan Sussex Nathan Sussex ... Taylor
Stephen McDade ... Fisherman
Joshua Richards Joshua Richards ... Jones
Fiona Franklyn Fiona Franklyn ... Rowers
Jason May ... Company Man #2
Nick Pratt Nick Pratt ... Sailors In Tavern
Gerald Tyler ... MacDonald
David Shillitoe David Shillitoe ... Men In Mist
Charles Curran Charles Curran ... Men In Mist
Stephen Mckenna Stephen Mckenna ... Sailors In Tavern
Adrian Lloyd Adrian Lloyd ... Sailors In Tavern
Fred Brooks Fred Brooks ... Sailors In Tavern


Based on the infamous Smalls Island Incident of 1801 'The Lighthouse' follows Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffith's disastrous posting to Smalls Island Lighthouse to 'keep the light' 25 miles from land and surrounded by the deadly Irish sea. The men are stranded in a freak storm that rages for months, nothing short of an act of God. The film tells a tale of death, madness and isolation; a desolate trip into the heart of human darkness.

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6 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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A very modest beam
3 March 2019 | by shakercoolaSee all my reviews

This is a story inspired by a true event in 1801, about two men in an isolated lighthouse on The Smalls - a forbidding cluster of basalt rocks 25 miles off the Welsh coast. It's glum, bleak and the narrative leads to the macabre but ultimately it's a dour and disappointing drama. It's not difficult to create drama with a two hander in a lighthouse but the director makes hard work of it. The two characters are given no real backstory so the actors are left to create what comes across as unexplained moodiness, skulking, and foreboding music for the first half hour. What is said adds very little, already telegraphed by their expressions. Trite lines are repeated, like "until the job is done" referring to inclement weather, and "we have a job to do" which isn't surprising given we know they have a job to do.

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