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THE GREAT ECSTASY OF
UK: Tartan Films
Cast: Dan Spencer, Lesley Manville, Danny Dyer, Ryan Winsley, Charles Mnene, Stuart Laing, Michael Howe, Miranda Wilson, Rob Dixon, Ami Instone, Munaf Salman, David Kennedy, Dean Robinson, Sharon D Clarke, Matt Rogers
Director: Thomas Clay
UK: 97 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains very strong sexual violence
UK Release Date: 20 October 2006 (Limited Release - London, West End Odeon Panton St)
Set in the English coastal town of Newhaven, as the shadow of the 2003 Gulf War looms large, THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL is the story of disaffected youth in the UK as seen through the eyes of the eponymous teenager, a lonely, awkward boy who falls in with the wrong crowd.
Despite obvious academic prowess and a talent for playing the cello, Robert (Dan Spencer) begins experimenting with drugs. His behaviour becomes increasingly erratic until, on one fateful night, he and two friends lose all touch with the reality of the outside world.
25 year-old director Thomas Clay's extraordinary film features the beautiful and stately camerawork of acclaimed DP Yorgos Arvanitis (ETERNITY & A DAY, a MA SOEUR!) and startlingly assured performances from newcomers Dan Spencer, Ryan Winsley and Charles Mnene alongside established acting talents Danny Dyer (THE FOOTBALL FACTORY, THE BUSINESS) and Lesley Manville (VERA DRAKE, ALL OR NOTHING).