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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 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 ... 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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Astonishingly good for a first film
25 June 2018 | by tortycat3-1See all my reviews

I saw this at the Edinburgh film festival. The first film for this director, and I expected not to like it as the subject matter is not what I would normally see at the cinema, I was really surprised at how good it was. The story of a 15 year old girl struggling to keep her family going and the toll it took upon her personally. The acting was excellent, and the direction and editing mature and very well executed. There were a couple of scenes which really made me wince, but nothing was gratuitous and they served to emphasise the points they were making-the loss of control for someone who is still a child but forced to try and make her way in an adult world with no support. The supporting characters were well realised and added to the film as a whole.

Go and see it. It's not an 'easy ride' but well worth persevering with. The ending, which I will not spoil, is to some extent what the viewer makes of it. See it to see what I mean!


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