Arthur Darvill in Pelican Blood

Described as “an atmospheric, edgy paean to that one mad love affair we all live to regret…” by the Edinburgh Film Festival, Pelican Blood sees Doctor Who companion Arthur Darvill  (Rory Williams) lineup alongside Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank; City Of Ember; Control), Emma Booth (The Boys Are Back) and Christopher Fulford (Whitechapel) in Cris Cole’s adaptation of Cris Freddi’s acclaimed novel.

Directed by Karl Golden the film tells the tale of an impetuous young couple who embark on a capricious affair after meeting on a suicide website chat room. Here’s the full plot synopsis:

Following the break-up with his girlfriend, Stevie (Booth), a disastrously unsuccessful suicide attempt and the death of his mother, Nikko (Treadaway) has decided to put his obsessive-compulsive disorder tendencies to good use by working as a professional house cleaner and is devoting all his leisure time to his hobby: bird spotting with his best friends, Cameron (Darvill) and Bish (Ali Craig). Nikko’s target is to spot 500 different birds, at which point he plans to end it all in every sense of the phrase, and he’s already well into the 490s.

But just as Nikko’s life is beginning to settle into something resembling normality, Stevie arrives back on the scene and reignites their highly volatile, sexually charged relationship, much to the dismay of those close to Nikko. An animal rights activist and environmental campaigner with serious emotional and psychological issues of her own, Stevie may be the one thing Nikko wants but she’s also the last thing he needs.

Here’s the UK trailer (note this is a 15 certificate movie…):

Considered a moving, often humorous and consistently passionate look at the things that make people tick, Pelican Blood is a bold and original British indie film with a vibrant soundtrack that includes tracks by The Coral, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Crystal Castles, The Do, Little Hell and The Specials, so even if you don’t fancy the movie, the soundtrack is worth getting hold of.

Pelican Blood (15) is released on DVD (£12.99) by Icon Home Entertainment on 7th March 2011 you can pre-order from Amazon for just £7.99!

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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