Sky Arts. May 2013

DOCTOR WHO star Matt Smith makes his directorial debut in this gripping drama written by acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens. Set in a bleak council estate in South London, the piece focuses on the relationship between Stephen (Joe Cole), his girlfriend Stephanie (Avigail Tlalim) and best-friend Carl (Craig Roberts), which is about to be torn about by Carl’s imminent departure for university. Life is further strained for Stephen and his brother Alex (Perry Millward) as their mother lies dying from cancer in their run-down flat. With Carl’s departure and his mother’s final days looming closer, Stephen is resorted to desperate measures in order to keep his life together. Powerfully directed by Matt Smith and strikingly shot by acclaimed cinematographer Ole Bratt Birkeland (UTOPIA), CARGESE is a challenging and visceral drama and a stunning showcase for strong and emerging UK talent.

Starring Joe Cole, Craig Roberts, Avigail Tlalim and Perry Millward

Directed by Matt Smith
Written by Simon Stephens
Produced by Adrian Bate
Produced by Pip Broughton
Executive Producer Gina Carter
Executive Producer Zoe Rocha

Thursday 30th May 2013, 9:30pm. Sky Arts 1 & Sky Arts 1 HD