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Beyond the Fire (2009)

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From tragedy comes a burning love, but can passion survive the torment of a sinister past


Maeve Murphy


Maeve Murphy
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Complete credited cast:
Scot Williams ... Sheamy O'Brien
Cara Seymour ... Katie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victoria Aitken Victoria Aitken ... Amy
Alison Cain Alison Cain ... Lisa
Jimmy Cullen Jimmy Cullen ... Angry Driver
Stu Daye Stu Daye ... The Outlaws
Brett Findlay Brett Findlay ... Dying Patient Paul (as Brett Findley)
Gerard Harris Gerard Harris ... Barman
Ricardo Hawkes Ricardo Hawkes ... Hoodie
Jason Lacey Jason Lacey ... Angry Venue Owner
Pauline Martindale Pauline Martindale ... Leader of the Rosary
Sen Monro ... Detention Centre Guard (as Senar Mehmed)
Jennifer Munby ... Judge
Maeve Murphy ... Therapist
Pauline Murphy Pauline Murphy ... Breige Barlady
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BEYOND THE FIRE tells the story of Sheamy, a gentle Irish ex-priest who arrives in London to find his old family friend and mentor Father Brendan. After an unsuccessful search Sheamy reaches out to the only other person he knows in London, Rory. Rory, a talented musician and band member, takes Sheamy under his wing and introduces him to his flatmate Katie. Immediately, the attraction is undeniable between Sheamy and Katie. However, Katie is a warm hearted woman with her own emotional scars. Their intense romance is short-lived and begins to collapse when the past comes back to haunt them. Written by Maeve Murphy

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Through the darkest secret...comes the deepest love




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Giving it up for Lent.
10 December 2014 | by veronicaspaintboxSee all my reviews

A well made and well filmed account of the relationship between a devout ex priest, Sheamy and a trendy female band manager Katy,it lacked an existential edge and was too well rounded and glib in some way. Awkward moments abound where the couple seemed to be too old for the courtship scenes in the clubs and bars of Liverpool. Other strangely inappropriate scenes include the main female character teaching Sheamy about sex by drawing a diagram of a vagina and stilted dialogue were at kilter with the sophisticated appearance of both characters with their post punk Portishead scene clothes. I have never seen a recently defrocked priest look so cool and leathery with a double tat of angel wings. It's a bit of a female fantasy number, Thorn Birds not withstanding. The film is about traumatic abuse and forgiveness as well as sex and passion as a healing tool. The sex scenes are well acted and filmed and convey a loving chemistry between the couple. I don't want to spoil the story but the forgiveness of abuse was a bit hard to swallow and certain statistics at the end of the film focused on Catholic abuse of minors and not also rape, which was more than a bit annoying for a female viewer.

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17 June 2009 (UK) See more »

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