November 19th, 2010



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Jamie Morgan, a young man with a large heart-shaped birthmark on his face, discovers that there are demons on the streets of East London.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.1/10 (4,149 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Philip Ridley

Stars: Jim Sturgess, Clémence Poésy, Noel Clarke

Jamie Morgan, a young man with a large heart-shaped birthmark on his face, discovers that there are demons on the streets of East London.

Jim Sturgess - Jamie Morgan
Clémence Poésy - Tia
Noel Clarke - A.J.
Luke Treadaway - Lee Morgan
Justin Salinger - Raymond Morgan
Fraser Ayres - Vinnie
Ruth Sheen - Marion Morgan
David Florez - Local Resident #1 (as Dave Florez)
Nikita Mistry - Belle
Timothy Spall - George Morgan
Connie Hyde - Linda
Nadia Theaker - Charlie
David Sibley - Sociologist
Imogen Church - News Reporter
Joseph Mawle - Papa B

Taglines: The darker it gets the more you see


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 19 November 2010

Filming Locations: East London, London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,033 (USA) (21 November 2010) (1 Screen)

Gross: $2,033 (USA) (21 November 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Philip Ridley's first film in 15 years. Ridley spent the intervening years writing plays and children's books.

[first lines]
Lee Morgan: Good morning, Uncle Jamie.
Jamie Morgan: How many times do I got to tell you that when the red light is on, that means I'm developing!

User Review

demons of the mind


Ridley's first film in way too many years is a dark urban fairytale about a young photographer who encounters murderous demons on the streets of London. Firstly, I have to admit to being a huge fan of Ridley's work and The Reflecting Skin is in my personal Top 10 movies of all time, so I have to say I loved this genre-playing horror film.

Heartless is, to my mind, Ridley's most conventional film to date as it is the first truly genre-based film he has made, but, underneath the conventions of the horror film we find his usual philosophical musings on death, beauty, existentialism, good and evil, chaos and the individual's struggle to make sense of the world.

Heartless is a step towards the mainstream for Ridley and that may well be its commercial undoing; too "mainstream" genre for the art-house crowd, too cerebral for the thrill loving multiplex gore-hound.

Ultimately, this is a serious film, a dark and often beautiful film that haunts the mind after viewing and already demands a second viewing of me to unravel some of its dark mysteries. Intelligent, moving, sometimes shocking and occasionally funny this is an engrossing and enjoyable piece of work that gives food for thought as well as an entertaining ghost train of a ride. Approach this one with an open mind and you will be rewarded with a strong contemporary horror film with some real depth and intelligence.


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