Jellyfish selected for official competition at Dinard Film Festival

Jellyfish has been selected to screen at the prestigious Dinard Film Festival in France this September.

The film will screen alongside five other films in official competition. This year's jury includes Emmanuelle Bercot, Alex Lutz, Thierry Lacaze, Sabrina Ouazani, Rupert Grint, Ian Hart and Kate Dickie. The jury president is none other than Monica Bellucci. 

Dinard takes place from the 26th to the 30th of September and you can find out more about the festival by clicking here


Liv named in Indiewire's 'Best Debut Movie Performances of All Time'

Liv has been named in Indiewire's 'Best Debut Movie Performances of All Time' critic's poll by Danielle Solzman. Danielle said...

"The best debut performance that I’ve seen was Liv Hill in Jellyfish during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. It was her first feature film. Hill starred as high school student Sarah Taylor. She more or less becomes a second mother to her younger siblings. Liv gracefully handles the role, which sees her getting bullied by classmates in her drama class.  Even though the film was produced before the whole #MeToo era started, there are men in the film who abuse their power. This is beside the point. Liv had never performed stand-up comedy before agreeing to do the role and yet here she is on stage performing stand-up comedy using her truth as the basis for a routine. Sarah is such a vulnerable character but shows that she’s not afraid of being silent. I saw a lot of raw talent in Liv Hill’s performance, and I can’t wait to see Liv take the world by storm."

Read the full article here - The Best Debut Movie Performances of All Time — IndieWire Critics Survey


Liv and Sinéad WIN the 'Michael Powell Award' FOR 'BEST performance in a British feature film'!

We are humbled, thrilled, proud and simply overjoyed at the news Edinburgh International Film Festival have jointly awarded the 'Michael Powell Award' for 'Best Performance in a British Feature Film' to Liv and Sinéad for their performances in Jellyfish. 

The jury said: “In the category of Best Performance in a British Feature Film, the Michael Powell jury recognises an actress who carries their character in every bone of their body and on whose shoulders rests the ultimate success of the film. Liv Hill’s performance in Jellyfish encompasses a wide range of superbly delivered emotion, from acute comedy to the depths of despair. As her story unfolds, we see a 15-year old girl dealing with so much that we are completely invested, and the intensity, intelligence, and nuance of her portrayal made us shed a tear.

The award also goes to Sinead Matthews who creates a visceral character of abysmal highs and lows with assured powerful and elegant touches. In less capable hands, the character could have been detrimental to the movie but her thoughtful and complex portrayal of a woman in the grip of mental health issues was extraordinary.”

Liv Hill said: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award and even more delighted to be sharing it with the extraordinary Sinead Matthews. Jellyfish was a very special experience for me and I still feel so lucky to have worked with James Gardner on his first feature - and mine! Thank you to the jury and Edinburgh International Film Festival for supporting the film."

Sinead Matthews said: “I am so completely thrilled and honoured to be given a prestigious award like this and to share it with Liv Hill makes it all the more special.”

Once again, a huge thank you to EIFF for inviting us to share our film at your wonderful film festival and for recognising Liv and Sinéad's work.


Jellyfish selected for official competition at Edinburgh International Film Festival

We're very excited to announce this morning that Jellyfish will have its European Premiere (and first official screening in the UK) in competition at the longest continually running film festival in the world, Edinburgh International Film Festival.

We are also extremely proud to be nominated for the Micheal Powell award for 'Best British Feature'.

The festival takes place from 20th June to July 2nd and Jellyfish will be screening twice...

- Monday 25th of June at 6pm
- Wednesday 27th of June at 6pm

Tickets for all screenings go on general sale at 10am on 25 May.

Edinburgh is a fantastic film festival and very close to our hearts, as the first time we showed anything of the film to anyone was at the Works In Progress Lab, which we were invited to pitch on last year. Off the back of the WIP lab we met the wonderful folks at Bankside Films and continue to enjoy this amazing journey, sharing the film with the world.

It's a huge honour to be invited back to Edinburgh to show the completed film and we look forward to seeing as many of you, who have waited so long for a chance to see the film in the UK, at the festival as possible.


Liv and James in conversation with 'Cultured Vultures'

While in NYC at the world premiere of Jellyfish, Liv and James were interviewed by Danielle Solzman from 'Cultured Vultures'.

"if there’s a film that blew me away during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, it’s Jellyfish from director James Gardner. Prior to the world premiere a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Gardner and actress Liv Hill to discuss the film. Remember Liv Hill’s name because she delivers a breakthrough performance in Jellyfish."

Read the full article here.

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Jellyfish reviewed by 'The Torch' magazine

Torch magazine have reviewed Jellyfish.

"The stunning Liv Hill is a revelation in the role as more emotions are conveyed in her eyes than can be portrayed through words in a script. The power of her performance causes audiences to feel what she feels in the most painful way, as she helplessly watches her barely-held-together life fall apart. Audiences can feel the conflicted emotions she holds for her negligent mother through the small tightening of her mouth."

Read the full review here.

The Torch

Liv cast in new BBC drama 'Snatches'

Straight off the back of her BAFTA nomination, Liv has been cast by the BBC in an original new drama called 'Snatches', which will have an all-female set of writers and stars.

The cast includes Doctor Foster star Jodie Comer and Atonement’s Romola Garai, as well as Corinne Skinner-Carter (EastEnders), Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey), Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones), Liv Hill (Three Girls), Kiran Sonia Sawar (Black Mirror) and Antonia Thomas (Misfits).

Snatches is curated by Royal Court Artistic Director, Vicky Featherstone, and is written by some of the UK’s most celebrated female writers, including Bafta-winning Abi Morgan (The Hour, The Split), Zinnie Harris (Spooks) and Tanika Gupta (Anita And Me).

Read more on the story on the Radio Times website here.


Jellyfish reviewed by 'Unpaid Film Critic'

Jellyfish has been reviewed by 'Unpaid Film Critic' Wendy Moscow.

"Even though the empathetic high school teacher as savior has become a cliché in films such as this, Cyril Nri is wonderful as Mr. Hale, the drama teacher whose emotional “backstage” and “frontstage” turns on a dime. He sees Sarah’s potential and devises an unlikely creative outlet for her rage and ferocious wit – stand-up comedy."

Read Wendy's full review here.

Unpaid Film Critic

Jellyfish 1 of 17 films 'Vulture' want you to see

Jellyfish makes another 'top 17' list, this time on NYC's online magazine 'Vulture'.

"The girl, Sarah (the superb Liv Hill) has a fierce will and acid tongue, which inspires her drama teacher (Cyril Niri, a black man whose voice is uncannily like Oliver Reed’s) to suggest she try stand-up. Don’t worry, this is not A Star is Born: Joan Rivers Edition or even a sentimental tale like last years Patty Cake$. It’s bitter and sad, with a good, unresolved ending."

Read the full article here.


Jellyfish awarded "A" by 'TV & The City'

Jellyfish has been reviewed by I.Simon and been awarded an "A" rating.

"Gardner’s direction & script, which he co-wrote with Simon Lord, are nothing short of amazing. He gives us a well crafted, realistic, compelling protagonist in Sarah, who can be quick-tempered, but you understand why, and you sympathize with her because you feel her pain and her longing to take care of her family."

Read the full review here.


Jellyfish "must see" and in 'Berkreviews' top three of Tribeca

Critic Jonathan Berk reviewed Jellyfish and named it as one of his top three films of Tribeca 2018 and a "must see".

"Hill gave the best performance and is an actress I’ll be on the lookout for in the future. See this movie, and know that it will be tough. However, the way it ends was ultimately satisfying and poetic. Jellyfish earns the MUST SEE rating."

Read Jonathan's full review here