NOW IN CINEMAS! The long-awaited and award-winning new film from the producer of The Full Monty, STILL LIFE is a poignant drama about a quiet man who finds joy in helping everyone but himself.

Director: Uberto Pasolini
Cast: Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury, Andrew Buchan
Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: United Kingdom

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Still Life

“This film particularly resonated with me. So beautifully captured. There is a humour to the movie too and Eddie Marsan is just fantastic in the way that he manages to convey the internal life of this very good man. The film also manages to show, in subtle moments, the importance of connection. I was so moved by Still Life. More than anything I think it’s about decency. I just loved it.”

“Deeply moving and richly rewarding – a film with incredible heart. Marsan is brilliant, his is a finely embodied, indelible performance deserving of every accolade. Resonant and life-affirming, Still Life is a tonic for the soul.”
Jim Mitchell, EMPIRE

“Eddie Marsan is superb in a touching portrait of an unremarkable hero – a character who has an extraordinary humanity, matched only by his heroic modesty. Still Life has the sort of quiet poise that has all but disappeared from modern movies. It’s an old-fashioned film in a good way – almost like an Ealing comedy. The film has an understated sense of humour, a sensitive production design – expressive but unfussy – and a natural and unforced rhythm. It’s very much a handmade film, based on a thoughtful script. If the great Polish minimalist Krzysztof Kieslowski were still alive, he would recognise a pupil.“
Paul Byrnes, SMH/THE AGE

“Wistfully funny. Sweet, poignant and absorbing.”

“A gem. Quiet and moving, warm and generous-of-spirit.”
Julian Wood, FILMINK

“Uniquely rewarding. There’s a static, stoic grace to this picture that is quite unlike anything in cinemas at the moment. An unusually warm and comforting experience.”
Leigh Paatsch, THE HERALD SUN

Grade: A.
Immensely warm-hearted, it’s a movie bursting with poignant moments. A beautiful film. It’s dripping with nostalgia and contains many sweet, memorable touches. The finest performance of Marsan’s career thus far. Charming and thought-provoking, there aren’t many films that have reduced me to tears but Still Life can now be added to that short list.”

Matthew Toomey, ABC LOCAL RADIO

“A real joy. Very moving.”
Richard Wilkins, CHANNEL 9 TODAY SHOW

“A gem. The ten-minute standing ovation in Venice was well-deserved.”
Filippo L’Astorina, THE UPCOMING

Art Cinema Prize for Best Film, Best Director (Horizons) &
Pasinetti Critics’ Prize
WINNER – 2014 VOICES FILM FESTIVAL – Grand Prix & Best Actor

The long-awaited and multi award-winning new film from Uberto Pasolini, producer of the beloved worldwide smash-hit The Full Monty, STILL LIFE is a poignant and inspirational drama about a quiet, optimistic and selfless man who finds joy in helping everyone but himself.

For over 22 years, life for the unassuming John May (an indelible performance from the extraordinary Eddie Marsan) has been his work for the local council in South London, finding the next of kin for those in his community who have passed away alone. But in this age of ‘efficiency’, John’s meticulousness and care is no longer deemed necessary, and he is abruptly made redundant. John is left with one assignment: a search for the relatives of an elderly neighbour, Billy Stoke.

As he journeys beyond London to piece together Billy’s past, John uncovers a life of mischief, misadventure, love and regret, most of all for an abandoned daughter, Kelly (the radiant Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey) whom John manages to locate. These two insular people are naturally drawn to each other, and as friendship blossoms, John’s outlook opens imperceptibly to life’s possibilities…

Beautifully observed and profoundly affecting, STILL LIFE is a gem – a resonant and universal celebration of dignity, community values and human connection, and ultimately, all that life is worth living for.

Red Carpet Photocall with Joanne Froggatt, Eddie Marsan & Uberto Pasolini: Venice Film Festival World Premiere (3/9/2013).

STILL LIFE’S “quiet achiever” Eddie Marsan profiled by Stephanie Bunbury for Fairfax Media.

Meet Alan Barr, Ballarat Victoria’s own “John May” – The Age (19/7/14).

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