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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.

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Credited cast:
Noel Fielding ... Dickie
Sadie Frost ... Mrs. Hortense
Sally Phillips ... Colette
Max Bennett ... Sal
Lily Loveless ... Emily
Morgana Robinson Morgana Robinson ... London Town Tannoy
Donna Preston Donna Preston ... Pop Pop's Fan
Penny Judd ... Chef
Collette Cooper ... Magdalen
Phelim Kelly ... Clubber
Timothy Renouf ... Jimmy Dean
Michael Winder ... Art
Lindy Pieri ... Psychiatric Patient
Claire Greasley Claire Greasley ... Prostitute
David Hoyle ... The Magician
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Two boys fall through the clockwork of a grotesque, nightmare London, endeavouring to survive and escape.

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Release Date:

16 September 2016 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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The story about a pigeon that befriended a statue that Art tells Sal is a summary of Oscar Wilde's short story The Happy Prince, although in the original the bird was a swallow and not a pigeon. See more »

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Written and performed by Collette Cooper
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Unbelievably SAD
16 October 2016 | by krabat-0See all my reviews

I saw it with half an eye on my work - couldn't bear to watch it.

There's a moment, when an aging magician performs one last trick, which made me pause and almost cry, but otherwise all of the other characters were representatives of a world lost onto itself - the horrifying image of every man for himself, when the *beep* hits the fan.

"As long as Iam alright". "And if I'm more than a little stupid or hope is just as good as an occasional free drink, then at least the monotony of slow death is broken".

It's probably one of the most bleak movies I have seen due to its severe chill of coming death.

its as a dying body with an almost dead heart in it, which only has one more trick it it... The rest is just on auto, because that how humans get through the day, and the ages.

Sorry, people - its a vision, not a failure. This is: "Don't go down this way". Which is way too much message for good art, but effective in all of its bleakness.

But REMARKABLE acting during this death of civilization. Sally Philips, Lily Loveless, Noel Fielding, Sadie Frost, Gerard Mcdermott, who make BIG of few lines. Its like a new generation to me, not being British. Tight fear, real insanity, comic vulgarity as in "everything is a (painful) laugh, when you're on a slow sinking ship".

I give it 8/10. Because its so goddamn painful!

Sorry, I just could not look it straight in the eyes. Thats me. Too much truth.


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