Lily O'Connor (Agyness Deyn) is a witty and searingly defiant Northerner with epilepsy and a tough past. When she finds out that the brother she's long thought dead could still be alive, she risks her life to go in search of him. As she abandons her safe routine in a seaside town and heads into the treacherous underbelly of London she takes us on a deeply moving trip that really is like nothing you've seen before. Will Lily's bravery help her connect her past and her future - or will she die trying?
Too much static but one crackling saving grace
- Electricity review by AM
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You rated this film: 3
It seems odd to say this about an actress with a very short acting career, but this is very much a star vehicle. This is very much Agyness Deyn's film. Best known for her modelling career to date, with only a couple of previous minor roles, this film stands or falls on her acting ability for she is in virtually every scene in a film which revolves entirely around her character. The good news is she sparkles, the bad news is the script (based on a novel) does not. The story has too many implausible events (strangers being taken into homes for example) to resonate. Miss Deyn's has 4 films in the can since then, and based on this evidence will have many more. With a bit of care in choosing her scripts, she could go far.
This project probably looked good on paper to Agyness and her acting coach slash management team. The only good thing about this film is that Agyness has proved she can actually act well but she should change aforesaid management team because this one is a major stinker, really boring where nothing interesting happens at all. I totally agree with reviewer AM's 'star vehicle' comment. The director seems to be desperately channeling Mike Leigh without any success at all. If I had gone to the cinema to watch this I would have walked out halfway and demanded a refund. But don't worry, if you are still interested you will probably see it listed soon on Channel 4 at around 2am. That's only if even they decide to pick it up on the cheap. Sorry Agyness, there's definitely a better one out there for you!
- Electricity review by bc
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You rated this film: 4
Brilliant performance by Agyness Deyn - our hearts went out to her!!!! Compelling and original storyline. Atmospherically shot on location in Saltburn by Sea. As a professional musician - the choice of music as well as specifically composed - excellent. Agree to a certain extent with reviewer AM but still rate this quality British film as well worth the viewing. BC