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Jellyfish (2018)

A young carer discovers an unlikely talent for stand-up comedy.

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James Gardner

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liv Hill ... Sarah Taylor
Sinead Matthews ... Karen Taylor
Cyril Nri Cyril Nri ... Adam Hale
Angus Barnett ... Vince
Tomos Eames ... Martin
Victoria Alcock Victoria Alcock ... Council Office Manager
Helen Kennedy ... Martin's Wife
Henry Lile Henry Lile ... Marcus Taylor
Jemima Newman ... Lucy Taylor
Connor Mills ... Daryl
Jay Sajjid Jay Sajjid ... Malik
Lauran Taylor-Griffin Lauran Taylor-Griffin ... Nicole
Mark Sangster ... Council Officer
Ria Zmitrowicz ... Nightclub Girl
Swainley Whipps Eden-Entwistle Swainley Whipps Eden-Entwistle ... Dudley
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Fifteen-year-old Sarah Taylor exists in the eye of the storm. The sole caretaker of her family, including precocious twin siblings and a manic-depressive mother who spends most of her time in bed, Sarah runs from school to home to work each and every day. Yet, despite her Herculean efforts to put food on the table and keep the electricity on, she is still forced to engage with more dehumanizing ways to make a few extra bucks-so it's no wonder that her back is up among her peers at school. Jellyfish tells the story of Sarah's discovery of an unexpected outlet for her frustration and quick-tempered wit: stand-up comedy. First-time feature film director James Gardner paints a dark and hard-edged picture of life in this grey seaside British town, and, in newcomer Liv Hill, he uncovers a revelatory talent. Thanks to her fiercely evocative and vulnerable depiction of Sarah, Hill gives the audience truly remarkable insight into a young woman living a life far beyond her years. Written by Liza Domnitz

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15 February 2019 (UK) See more »

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Totally unexpected emotional rollercoaster
17 February 2019 | by llpugpugSee all my reviews

I have never written a review but felt compelled to after watching this film. I hadn't even heard of the film when my friend asked me if I wanted to go see it with the loose permise that it's about a young girl that discovers she's good at stand up.

What the film gave me instead is an unexpected emotional rollercoaster, some really uncomfortable scenes, but actually a true reflection of real life situations. There are topics covered throughout the film that many people can relate and empathise with, some more difficult than others. Liv Hill is brilliant in this and delivers a very emotive performance, and actually the stand up comedy narrative is for me not the main focus of the story, it's more that she finds solace in it as an escape for everything else she has to deal with. The main story for me is relationships, and having to navigate these to try and lead a normal life when it's anything but normal.

This is not a film for kids at all, but I highly recommend watching this. Just maybe not a film to go and watch if you're already emotionally fragile...


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