“Jellyfish” Director James Gardner Speaks At Regent Street Cinema

Jellyfish will screen at Regent Street Cinema on Wednesday February 20 with a special q and a with director James Gardner and actors Liv Hill and Sinead Matthews.


A screening of Jellyfish will be accompanied by a q and a with debuting director James Gardner (a recent NFTS graduate), and actors Liv Hill and Sinead Matthews at Regent Street Cinema on February 20.

The film, described as “fierce, bitter, funny, and heartbreaking”, sees a young carer discover an unlikely talent for stand-up comedy.

Jellyfish is a familiar but compassionately drawn portrait of hardscrabble lives, centred by a terrific performance by Liv Hill,” said Ian Freer in his Empire Magazine review. “Everything else in this film pales into insignificance when we’re faced with one of the best breakout performances I think I’ve ever seen in Liv Hill,” said Jamie East in The Sun.


Hill, also nominated as best newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards, also received a special mention at the Alice Nella Cittá event held during the Rome International Film Festival, where Jellyfish also picked up best film.

Between being bullied at school, put upon by her overbearing boss at the local arcade and having to look after her younger brother, sister and manic-depressive mother, life isn’t easy for Sarah Taylor (Hill in a performance described as “wounded silence and pressure-cooker rage” that caries the film).

When Sarah’s drama teacher channels her ferocious and volatile energies in to a stand-up comedy routine for the graduation showcase, Sarah discovers that she may have a hidden talent.

Jellyfish, which won the EIFF 2018 Michael Powell Award for ‘Best Performance in a British Feature Film’ for both Hill and Matthews follows Sarah’s love for comedy as it grows and the showcase draws nearer, the delicate balance in her life becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.

Little by little the walls start to close in, ultimately forcing her to choose between her responsibilities as a carer and her newfound passion for comedy.

“What I hope the film does is to make the audience laugh and cry in equal measure, and hopefully give them a view through a window that is unseen, because a lot of what we are talking about with Jellyfish is happening behind closed doors,” Gardner told Aesthetica magazine in a recent interview.

Jellyfish is screening at various cinemas across the UK now.

Amilia Totten
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