Jellyfish

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Certificate: 15
Length: 101 mins
Director: James Gardner
Cast: Liv Hill, Sinead Matthews, Cyril Nri

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 [15]. However, 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. As her love for comedy grows and the showcase draws nearer, the delicate balance in her life becomes 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.

“A calling card for everyone involved, especially Hill, who always shows the flickers of Sarah’s inner life, even as her character feigns blank, not bovvered.” ★★★ – The Guardian

“Imagine an intermittently despondent Lolita aping Lenny Bruce. Sarah’s jocular yet painful “triumph” is a triumph for current indie cinema.” – Huffington Post