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Killing Thyme (2015)

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Eight year old Sam is desperate for an allotment. When he meets Norman, a curmudgeonly old man with a neglected allotment and a death wish, Sam thinks he has the solution to both of their problems.

Director:

M.J. McMahon

Writer:

Natalie Malla
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Cast

Cast overview:
Brian Cox ... Norman
Charlotte Riley ... Anna
Joe Reynolds ... Sam
Gino Pantelidou Gino Pantelidou ... Son
Luke Pantelidou Luke Pantelidou ... Father
Iain Dale Iain Dale ... Radio Presenter
Shelagh Fogarty Shelagh Fogarty ... Radio Presenter
Naima Kelly Naima Kelly ... Neighbour
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Eight year old Sam is desperate for an allotment. When he meets Norman, a curmudgeonly old man with a neglected allotment and a death wish, Sam thinks he has the solution to both of their problems.

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Sam wants an allotment, badly.

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Drama

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TV-G
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2015 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Shadwell, London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

£20,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Incredibly sophisticated, heartwarming and enjoyable 15-minute short with some top-notch acting talent and stunning visuals
9 April 2018 | by tommcoles-66948See all my reviews

This is a seriously sophisticated short film, executed with incredible detail in every department.

The music perfectly matches the tone of the piece with certain instruments managing to capture the very traits of the characters they underscore. The accordion, which by its very nature sound flat, perfectly matched the under-energised, downbeat feel of the old man. The soundscape of trains, bicycle bells and railings are seamlessly woven into the score in a way that enriches the visual experience and set the scene with skilled efficacy.

From the start the title cards suggest you are in for a visual treat with slick illustrations and quality art direction. The attention to detail in this respect is carried right through the piece with a colour palette that is measured and satisfying.

The performances from all three leads really take this film up a notch and the filmmakers have struck gold by casting some of the best British talent around in Charlotte Riley and Brian Cox. And the young boy, played by Joe Reynolds, is such a star.

This is a funny, tragic, tense, gripping, but above all incredibly heartwarming film... it's really got everything you could wish.

This is top notch film-making. I cant recommend it highly enough!


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