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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 01.19.10] United Kingdom movie news horror video

Director Philip Ridley has made a handful of memorable, if difficult to watch, films since his debut in 1988. I’ve only seen The Reflecting Skin, a film with such powerful images that some still stick with me today, but I’m always willing to see what the director has on offer next and considering the long breaks between projects and a cast like this one, it’s even harder to overlook Heartless.

The new project stars Timothy Spall, Eddie Marsan and up-and-comer Jim Sturgess as Jamie Morgan, a young man who was born with a heart shaped birth mark on his face. The story takes place in London’s East End, a place notorious for gang violence, but this isn't a straight forward gang film. Check out this crazy sounding synopsis:

When his [Jamie’s] mother is viciously murdered, the media reports it’s by a hoodie wearing a devil mask. But Jamie soon realizes the thugs aren’t wearing disguises at all; they really are demons and hell on earth is beginning to plague the capital city. Yet all is not what it seems in enfant terrible Ridley’s unique horror fantasy landscape ingeniously informed by the current climate of fear running through every strata of modern society.

We haven’t seen a whole lot from the film but a video interview with co-star Noel Clarke gives us our first glimpse at Sturgess in the lead role and a preview of what we can expect from Ridley’s newest work. Our UK correspondent wasn’t a big fan of the film but considering how dividing Ridley's other works have been, I can’t help but want to see it for myself.

Clip after the break. Thanks to Diane from Jim Strugess Online for the heads up.

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