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Starfish

  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Bill Clark (2)
  • 90 mins
  • 15

Summary

"Starfish" tells the story of a couple whose love is tested to its limit after their perfect life falls apart in a single moment.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This true-life medical saga chronicles the struggle faced by Rutland couple Tom and Nicola Ray when he was suddenly struck down by sepsis, an often fatal response to infection that sends the body's immune system haywire. After quadruple amputation and the removal of part of his face, Tom survived to confront a future he never anticipated. Thanks to convincing prosthetics (and Ray himself as a body double) actor Tom Riley gives a harrowingly convincing portrayal of a man battling understandable bitterness and self-pity. Riley is complemented by a heart-rending Joanne Froggatt as the wife and mother buckling under the strain of keeping their young family together. Evidently assembled on modest resources, writer/director Bill Clark's film treats bracing subject matter with honesty and often startling intimacy but never loses sight of the courage shown by this particular family and the many others in the country affected by a truly horrifying condition. The heroic cast certainly play their parts by raising awareness through an undeniably affecting drama.

Credits

Cast

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Nicola RayJoanne Froggatt
Tom RayTom Riley
Grace RayEllie Copping
JeanMichele Dotrice
Tom's motherPhoebe Nicholls
Young Tom RayOliver Cunliffe
Tom's brotherJoseph McErlearn
Tom's sisterIsla Crowther
Tom's fatherGreg Haiste

Crew

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DirectorBill Clark (2)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Genesius Pictures
Released on
2016-10-28
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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