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Third Star, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, available on BBC iPlayer for a limited period only
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Photographer: Jamie Stoker
Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/third-star-photos/

Third Star, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is now available for free viewing legitimately on the BBC iPlayer for a limited time only (until next Saturday - 28 April). Watch it here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01gkj7x/Third_Star/

Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Field, Tom Burke and Adam Robertson star in this emotional comedy about four young men on an ill-advised camping trip along the Pembrokeshire coast.

Directed by Bafta winner Hattie Dalton and written by Vaughan Sivell, the film tells the story of James, a dying young man on a mission to his favourite place on earth - Barafundle Bay - before it's too late. With the help of his three closest friends, he sets off on a journey of a lifetime.

This is a link to a review I like by Kate Muir in The Times:
http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/the-times-third-star-review.html

And a short but pithy review from my favourite paper for Arts coverage The Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/8524557/Third-Star-review.html

Raks's Reaction

I really love this film and I took it straight to my heart. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Why?

I saw Third Star 3 times at the cinema last Summer, over the course of 3 weeks, when I was at a particular stage in my life. I rewatched it on DVD last month, trying to be objective. The film is MIND-BLOWING. I love the four friends, their friendships, the scenery, the music, the little incidents on their roadtrip, the Directorial choices, and all four performances are very strong.

What struck me most was that Benedict in real life is full of life and energy and looks healthy. In Third Star, he looks so thin and frail and ethereal and vulnerable and - quite literally - as though he is at death's door.

His performance in the film is - as expected - heart-breaking. He really conveys the anger and frustration and sadness of someone who has unexpectedly - against their will and hope - run out of time.

The film is sold as being about male friendship and terminal cancer which it is, but it is also about something else which I won't reveal as that would be a major spoiler! Anyway, I thought the film was excellent as it looks at a range of serious subjects in a thought-provoking way.


Photographer: Jamie Stoker
Photo credit: http://benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/third-star-photos/

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