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Jellyfish, filmed in Margate, to premiere at the Carlton cinema in Westgate-on-Sea

By Katie Davis

An award-winning film shot solely in Margate is set to premiere in the district.

Following success at several international film festivals, where it has so far won seven awards, Jellyfish is to be shown at the Carlton cinema in Westgate-on-Sea for its people's premiere.

The red-carpet event on Tuesday, February 5 will be attended by the cast and filmmakers.

Jellyfish was shot soley in Margate (6455131)
Jellyfish was shot soley in Margate (6455131)

Filmed entirely in Margate, Jellyfish is the debut feature by writer/ director Jamer Gardner, and stars Bafta nominee Liv Hill in her breakthrough film role, alongside Cyril Nri and Sinead Matthews.

The synopsis reads: "Between being bullied at school, put upon by her overbearing boss at the local Margate amusement arcade and having to look after her unstable mother and her two younger siblings, life isn't easy for 15-year-old Sarah Taylor (Liv Hill).

But when Sarah's drama teacher channels her ferocious and volatile energies into a stand-up comedy routine for the graduation showcase, Sarah discovers that she may have a hidden talent.

"As her love for comedy grows, the delicate balance in Sarah's life becomes increasingly difficult to maintain.

"Little by little the walls start to close in, ultimately forcing her to choose between her responsibilities to her family and her newfound passion for comedy."

Liv Hill was previously nominated for a best supporting actress Bafta for her role in the BBC production Three Girls.

For her performance in Jellyfish, she has been nominated as most promising newcomer at the British Independent Films Awards and for young performer of the year by the London Critics Circle Awards.

The film received its world premiere at the Tribeca film festival last April, and has since received acclaim at several festivals, winning best film in the Alice Nella Città strand of the Rome International Film Festival, four awards at the Dinard film festival, and the Michael Powell Award for best performance at the Edinburgh international film festival.

Jellyfish will preview in Thanet from February 8 before opening across the UK on February 15.

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