Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005)

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Avg Rating: 3.4 / 5. Voted: 22

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Directed by: Thomas Clay
Starring: Daniel Spencer (Robert Carmichael), Ryan Winsley (Joe), Charles Mnene (Ben), Lesley Manville (Sarah Carmichael), Danny Dyer (Larry Haydn), Michael Howe (Chef), Miranda Wilson (Chef’s wife)
Country: UK, European Cinema
Language: English
Runtime: 01:33:28
Genres: Gruesome, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Teensploitation, Drugs, Home Invasion

Plot – Spoilers:
A group of teenagers in the coastal town of Newhaven, England are increasingly bored with what the town offers as they get deeper into hard drugs. One of them, Robert a cellist, is also interested in movie-making. He lives with his fairly-involved mother and despite being introverted is considered a regular teenager who gets by with decent grades. The other friends include Joe the leader and bully who has recently been kicked out of school and Ben, Joe’s steadfast sidekick who’s passionate about football.

As their drug use increases, so does their lack of empathy for the other townsfolk, particularly women. It all eventually culminates in a brutal ending for one family.

12 thoughts on “Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005)

  • April 21, 2020 at 3:37 am

    What a great find

    Keep up the great work on this site

  • May 6, 2020 at 1:22 am

    This feels like Funny Games as British Social Realism. That’s a solid recipe.

  • August 4, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    I would have probably enjoyed this a lot more with subs. I found it really hard to understand what was being said most of the time and so got bored often. Was well shot, especially the scene in the house with the DJ. Brutal ending, but sort of lost on me how things unraveled that drastically. Only hour n half but seemed a hell of a lot longer. Much love to EUM for making it available. Cheers!

  • September 13, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    glad this was available to watch but not for people who want believable grit.

  • October 31, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Damn crazy ending. Thanks effedup for this find!

  • November 2, 2020 at 12:42 am

    This movie is fucking garabage!!….

    Complete waste of fucking time. Boring as fuck, lame. Dont watch this.

    • November 28, 2020 at 9:59 pm

      Beautiful condensed snapshots in certain sequences (e.g. when kid urinates in car [great, concise characterization]).

      All in all, the movie is too slow. The statements&themes presented remind me of a homeless person (that smells like he, without stopping, rolled in a dump for 1 week, eating the leftover food within said dump) adopting the classical philosophers stance and giving his opinion on very important, relevant issues. I can’t believe this stuff exists.

  • December 25, 2020 at 4:34 am

    A ‘Pull Back Camera Production’… more like a pull back foreskin production. Bag of wank. More fool me for giving it a chance after seeing Danny Dire was in it. Don’t waste your time.

  • March 13, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    This is a really sick movie. I’d love to know what Gordon Ramsey thinks of it. Really twisted people that made this one. It’s so fucked up you have to watch it twice. 3 out of 5.

  • April 5, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    a bit of a mess – moved to the end scene without any coherent reason

  • April 24, 2021 at 12:46 pm



    You may need to be from the UK to get some of the references here but this is real life suburban boredom and inertia right here. .

    The scene where Joe goes fishing down the docks is a nothing scene but it’s exactly how we have lived here.

    Unemployment.. desolation… Depression.. no hope no future ..
    It’s all here

    Yes it’s slow.. but it’s as real life like as you will get. . Aside from the murders although of course this does happen ..

    A marvelous adventurous film especially for the UK .

    A marvel


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