Thomas Clay's THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL, starring Dan Spencer, Ryan Winsley, Charles Mn

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There are eleven stills from Thomas Clay's The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael on the website of international sales agent Wild Bunch Sales Limited.

The screenplay for The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael was written by Clay and Joseph Lang. The movie stars Dan Spencer as Robert Carmichael, Ryan Winsley as Joe, Charles Mnene as Ben, Danny Dyer as Larry Haydn, Lesley Manville as Sarah Carmichael, Miranda Wilson as Monica Abbott, Michael Howe as Jonathan Abbott, and Ami Instone as Marie.

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael premièred at the 44th International Critics' Week (44e Semaine Internationale de la Critique) - a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) - on May 15th of last year, and has been screened at a number of other European film festivals, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) in Scotland and the Raindance Film Festival in London, England.

Here's a brief description of The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael from the Fangoria article "Eating Out of Cannes": "Thomas Clay's THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL is really a disaffected youth picture, but it ends with the most gratuitously offensive bloodbath in years. People literally ran for the exits when the title character sexually violates a pregnant woman with a broken bottle and then rapes her with a sword. Clearly, the Cannes crowd hadn't seen Lucio Fulci's NEW YORK RIPPER! Clay's use of Iraq War footage over the end credits to glibly politicize this moment caused just as much upset as the graphic imagery. Even Tartan Films boss Hamish McAlpine balked at this one!"

Below is a description of The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael from the Wild Bunch website.

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).

Boudu Film: The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael official subsite
Variety: Review of The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael
Wild Bunch: The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael stills gallery (8 JPEGs - enable cookies & double-click on link)
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