Thomas Clay



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Status: Completed

Director(s): Thomas Clay

Main cast: Lesley Manville, Danny Dyer, Stuart Laing

Long synopsis : In a small English coastal town, three teenage boys are drawn into a world of temptation and violence. Bored, troubled, excluded, unable to accept or even to recognise moral boundaries, the boys’ actions move inexorably towards a shocking act that will horrify their sleepy community and expose its deepest, hidden fears. Brutal, poetic and explosive, infused with a dark and ironic wit, THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL issues a fierce challenge to the moral and political complacency of our times and heralds the arrival of a remarkable new British cinematic talent. 25-year-old director Thomas Clay’s extraordinary film features the beautiful and stately camerawork of acclaimed DP Yorgos Arvanitis (ETERNITY AND A DAY, A MA SOEUR!) and startlingly assured performances from newcomers Dan Spencer, Ryan Winsley and Charles Mnene, alongside established acting talents Danny Dyer (HUMAN TRAFFIC, THE FOOTBALL FACTORY) and Lesley Manville (VERA DRAKE, ALL OR NOTHING).


  • Lesley Manville, Danny Dyer, Stuart Laing, Ryan Winsley, Miranda Wilson, Charles Mnene


  • Producer(s): Joseph Lang
  • Director(s): Thomas Clay
  • Screenplay: Thomas Clay, Joseph Lang
  • DP: Giorgos Arvanitis
  • Editing: David Wigram
  • Original Music: Jonathan Henry Harvey, Amy Purcell
  • Set Design: Attila Raczkevy
  • Genre(s): Crime, Drama

  • Production company: PULL BACK CAMERA LTD
  • Production date: 2005
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 96 min
  • Festival de Cannes 2005
  • Munich International Film Festival 2005
  • T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival 2005
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2005
  • Sarajevo Film Festival 2005
  • L’‰trange Festival 2005
  • Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy 2005
  • Busan International Film Festival 2005
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2005
  • Ljubljana International Film Festival 2005
  • Stockholm Film Festival 2005
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2005
  • Gijon International Film Festival 2005
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2006
  • Istanbul Film Festival 2006
  • Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2006