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Jellyfish (2018 film)

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Directed byJames Gardner
Written byJames Gardner and Simon Lord
StarringLiv Hill, Sinead Matthews, Cyril Nri
Box office£35,000 (UK)

Jellyfish is a 2018 drama film directed by James Gardner, written by James Gardner and Simon Lord, and starring Liv Hill, Sinead Matthews and Cyril Nri. The film tells the story of a young carer growing up in Margate and the hardships she faces. The film was shot entirely in location in the Margate and wider Kent area.

The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and then later at the Dinard Film Festival.


It won three awards at the Dinard Film Festival; The Golden Hitchcock Jury Grand Prize, Hitchcock for Best Screenplay and Special Mention Acting Prize for Liv Hill.[1] The UK Premiere took place at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2018.

Other awards include; Best Film, Rome International Film Festival (Alice Nella Cittá), Best Performance, Edinburgh International Film Festival (Live Hill and Sinead Matthews shared), Best Film & ‘The Marcin Award’, Ale Kino. Liv Hill also received a nomination for Young Performer of the Year by the London Critics Circle and Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards.[2]


Nigel Andrews of the Financial Times described Jellyfish as "funny, touching and vividly memorable", awarding the film five stars.[3] Further reviews ran in the Sun, Evening Standard, The Times, Guardian and Empire amongst others. Charlotte O'Sullivan praised Hill's authenticity in the role,[4] and Tom Beasley considered Hill's performance as 'revelatory'.[5]

The film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 83%.[6]

As of June 2019 its UK Box Office was £35,000.


  1. Prouteau, Cynthia. "2018 Awards". Dinard Film Festival. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  2. "Nominations · BIFA · British Independent Film Awards". BIFA · British Independent Film Awards. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  3. Andrews, Nigel (13 February 2019). "Jellyfish is funny, touching and vividly memorable". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  4. O'Sullivan, Charlotte (2019-02-15). "Jellyfish is a tale of broken Britain with brilliant breakout stars". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  5. Beasley, Tom (2019-02-07). "Jellyfish and stand-up comedy in film: what happens when the laughs don't come?". inews.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  6. Jellyfish (2018), retrieved 2019-06-09

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