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Northern Lights (2016)

As Emma approaches adulthood, she tries to live an ordinary life and keep up with her late mothers expectations. However, her anxiety weighs over her, stopping her from enjoying the last few youthful years.

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Nicholas Connor

Writer:

Nicholas Connor
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gemma North ... Joan
Rhys Cadman Rhys Cadman ... Rob
Katherine Quinn ... Emma
Carole Griffiths Carole Griffiths ... Pauline
Megan Grady Megan Grady ... Mia
Anthony Marrochia Anthony Marrochia ... Man on street
Jan Marcinek Jan Marcinek ... Mark
Nicholas Sheard Nicholas Sheard ... Extra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Will Bennett Will Bennett ... Football Player
Joe Brooke Joe Brooke ... Football Player
Edward Buckley Edward Buckley ... Football player
Geraldine Connor Geraldine Connor ... Extra
Hamish Kilpatrick Hamish Kilpatrick ... Football Player
James Lau James Lau ... Football Player
Amy Netherwood Amy Netherwood ... Extra
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As Emma approaches adulthood, she tries to live an ordinary life and keep up with her late mothers expectations. However, her anxiety weighs over her, stopping her from enjoying the last few youthful years.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2016 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

£12,000 (estimated)
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Cherwell Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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16 : 9
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Trivia

Director, Nicholas Connor, wrote the role of Mia for actress Megan Grady and had no second choices in casting her. See more »

Goofs

A lav microphone is visible on Rhys Cadman in the scene at the run down park. See more »

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References Kes (1969) See more »

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The Test Of Time
by Some Kind Of Illness
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Excellent
29 October 2016 | by jordanmn-32231See all my reviews

Northern lights is a heartfelt success from start to finish. From its first few moments, the film draws us in, captivates us and immediately makes a connection with the audience being a more down to earth drama which we can all in some way relate to.

The film, set in North England, follows Emma and her friend Rob during the time of their GCSE exams and deals with issues such as stress, anxiety, friendship and loss.

The film is entertaining, giving us time to connect with the characters. We are allowed to follow them through happiness and heartbreak. The film provides, natural feeling, moments of comedy and tragedy that amplify the tone of the film and bring the audience in closer without it feeling forced on us.

The acting is brilliant from start to finish. Each character is portrayed on screen very well in a way that it makes them likable and relatable. Our main characters, Emma, played by Katie Quinn, and Rob, played by Rhys Cadman portray their characters in an almost perfect way displaying the true chemistry of on screen friendship.

The visuals of the film are stunning from the get go. We are treated to some beautiful cinematography and lighting that adds to the tone of the film in a way that really captivates the audience. The editing too is done superbly, allowing the film to flow and keep the audience interested but also allows time for the more heartfelt and happy moments coupled with the sad times without it feeling pushed on us.

In summary, it is in my opinion that this film is a great success and director and writer Nicholas Connor has created a film that sticks with us. The blend of great acting, gorgeous visuals and a down to earth plot really elevates the film in a great way and makes it distinct. I would like to recommend that if you haven't seen the film already that you really do consider watching it as it really is worth it.


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