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Set the Thames on Fire (2015)

Two boys fall through the clockwork of a grotesque, nightmare London, endeavouring to survive and escape.


Al Joshua




Credited cast:
Noel Fielding ... Dickie
Sadie Frost ... Mrs. Hortense
Sally Phillips ... Colette
Morgana Robinson Morgana Robinson ... London Town Tannoy
Lily Loveless ... Emily
Max Bennett ... Sal
Penny Judd Penny Judd ... Chef
Timothy Renouf ... Jimmy Dean
Joelle Koissi ... Whore
Michael Winder Michael Winder ... Art
Collette Cooper ... Magdalen
Donna Preston Donna Preston ... Pop Pop's Fan
David Hoyle ... The Magician
Jay Finocchiaro ... Sleeping Pub Man
Phelim Kelly ... Clubber


Two boys fall through the clockwork of a grotesque, nightmare London, endeavouring to survive and escape.

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They come from dark clouds like rain Melancholy floods and that is all
17 October 2016 | by info-298-864900See all my reviews

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This film challenges depiction, classification and genre placement. Visual poetry tending to depress the spirit.

Sadness, endless sadness, melancholy longing; pain. Miserable, sickening, incoherent, absurd, extremely inspired nonsense. A Deliciously Dark Comedy - Needless to say, I love every damn bit of it!!!

Don't watch this if you have a limited sphere of thinking. It's important that you understand what you're in for. If you can't sit through a film that requires exertion and intuitive thinking, you're best to just stay away and prevent people from bashing a great film.

Some Movies with a comparable Surreal Mood or Atmosphere: The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz (2000) - Bunny and the Bull (2009) - Dark City (1998) - Erasehead (1977) - Bad Boy Bubby (1993) - Brazil (1985) - Skeletons (2010) - The Catechism Cataclysm (2011) - The City of the Lost Children (1995) - Tuvalu (1999) - Night Train (1999) - Naked Lunch (1991) - Voyeur (1986) - Delicatessen (1991) - Wat is it? (2005) - Rubin and Ed (1991) - Plan 10 from Outer Space (1995) - A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012) - Turbo Kid (2015) - The Lobster (2015) - Combat Shock (1984) - The Chumscrubber (2005) - City of Ember (2008) - Street Trash (1987)

The Mighty Boosh - TV Series (2003–2007) Flowers - TV Series (2016)

Not a masterpiece by any means. But strong performances, solid acting and cinematic atmosphere accompanied with quiet sound of rain.

An Amazing First Film - I hope the makers will keep making movies like this. In addition to profitable work.

After watching this picture for the third time it's still growing on me!

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16 September 2016 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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