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Set Me Free: Vol. I (2016)

A troubled young woman runs away from home, unaware from the outside world that she has been missing and presumed dead for 20 years.


Kris Smith


Laura Belcher (screenplay), Max Rudd (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Taylor ... Lauren Howard / Ava Morgan
Steve Carroll Steve Carroll ... Graham Howard
Kim Waters ... Marie Howard
Ann-Marie Doggett Ann-Marie Doggett ... Rachel Boon
Mark Wells Mark Wells ... DS Stephen Miller
Jo Lay Jo Lay ... DC Natalie Gooch
Leila Kotori ... Charlotte Reynolds
Dominic Zwemmer Dominic Zwemmer ... Jim Cant
Max Rudd ... Ethan Wright
Lexie Main ... Scarlett Boon
Rory Anthony Rory Anthony ... Liam Boon (as Rory Galley)
Annie Brobby Annie Brobby ... DI Alison Joyce
James Ducker James Ducker ... Patrick
Ben McCall Ben McCall ... Andrew
Kris Smith ... Lloyd


A troubled young woman runs away from home, unaware from the outside world that she has been missing and presumed dead for 20 years.

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Release Date:

2 May 2016 (UK) See more »

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GBP6,000 (estimated)
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Kris Smith has confirmed that this will be his last ever independent film done on such a large scale. See more »


A camera operator is seen in the reflection in the shower scene. See more »


[Lauren looks at a photo of a man standing next to a plane]
Lauren Howard: Who's this?
Rachel Boon: Oh that's Michael, my husband.
Lauren Howard: That must be a loud... bird!
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Spin-off Set Me Free: Retribution (2019) See more »


Lonesome People
Written and performed by Lilian Hak
Old Powder, New Guns (album)
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A wonderful, yet gritty film. This is out there!
8 May 2016 | by jamesheyhoeSee all my reviews

Despite parallels with appalling real-life news stories, Set Me Free is neither a thriller nor a film about crime and/or captivity. If you've seen the trailer then you'll understand that there's more to this film than meets the eye anyway due to it's bizarre storytelling. Instead, it's a clever film about how the human spirit may transcend physical boundaries, and the disparity between external and internal freedom through the eyes of Lauren, our protagonist. Asche and Spencer's music for the film emphasises the gentle domesticity, rather than the shrieking claustrophobia, of Lauren's circumstances, later giving way to sustained ambient chimes that lend an unearthly edge to our own alien world. There's something very "Lovely Bones" about it as it is charming, eloquent and dark when it needs to be. As for the performances, only a couple of characters did not match the stronger actors during the scenes, but Nina Taylor is nothing short of perfect as the strange girl around whom this trembling universe revolves. Smith has the intelligence to trust his cast to show us the world in a different perspective.

This is something special. Don't ignore it. Especially the follow-up second chapter.

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