Simon Blake (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Moody, bleak and uneven, this award-winning low-budget thriller rests on the able shoulders of Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones) who stars as Carver, a North London photographer failing to cope with his son's apparently accidental death and the breakdown of his relationship with ex-wife Rachel (Amanda Mealing), the boy's mother. He falls into a downward spiral, turning to drink and drugs as he seeks the truth about his son's life and befriends a troubled ten-year-old boy (Joseph Duffy) to ease his pain, before being targeted by a gang of young thugs. Strong performances and vivid production design buoy up this evocative, troubling film that shows flashes of brilliance from writer/director Simon Blake, making his feature debut. RSC star Jonathan Slinger, Elodie Yung as Carver's girlfriend and rapper Sonny Green also make an impression in a drama that Blake describes as an examination of "how vulnerable you are as a parent".


A father is left traumatised when his son dies in a car accident, and struggles to find a direction in his life. A seemingly harmless incident involving a local child leads him into a feud with a gang of teenagers, and the conflict between them rapidly gets out of control. Thriller, starring Aidan Gillen and Jonathan Slinger.

Cast & Crew

Tom Carver Aidan Gillen
Ed Jonathan Slinger
Christina Elodie Yung
Rachel Amanda Mealing
Carl Sonny Green
Margaret Kate Ashfield
Jimmy Joseph Duffy
Director Simon Blake
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Verve Pictures/Blunt PicturesGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse.Released on: 8 May 2015