Break My Fall
UK, 2011, 107 minutes, SD
Break My Fall Synopsis

Three days in the lives of four friends on the pulsating streets of East London. Girlfriends Liza and Sally have a band to pull together and a birthday to celebrate, yet from this moment on their lives will change forever.


Liza (Kat Redstone) hovers precariously between change and self-destruction, between leaving her failing relationship with girlfriend Sally and finding success with their band, Blanket. Sally (Sophie Anderson) works nights in a dead end job, clings to her fantasies of a better life and ignores the chaos around her. Vin (Kai Brandon Ly) works as a rent boy, is secretly in love with Sally and in denial about everything else. Jamie (Collin Clay Chace) works nights in a gay cabaret bar, but longs to break free of his friends and their drug-infested dramas and settle down with a nice man. In the three days leading up to Liza’s 25th birthday things finally come to a head between Liza and Sally. After a failed birthday dinner, the four friends are plunged into emotional meltdown at an illegal rave and by the end of the night there’s no going back to how things were.




"Kanchi Wichmann’s promising debut contains plenty of sights, sounds and sensations that will be familiar to those acquainted with the east London queer scene... boasts strong music from current local bands and impressive photography, as well as some powerfully sustained set pieces." - Time Out




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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
With the lead characters involved in a band, it's expected that there's a couple of musical soundtracks that are featured in this film.  I find this debut film of Wichmann... more
With the lead characters involved in a band, it's expected that there's a couple of musical soundtracks that are featured in this film.  I find this debut film of Wichmann to have a raw yet realistic take on lesbian relationships and romantic failures.  It takes viewers along on a ride, to witness Sally and Liza's last three days prior to their break-up and viewers witness scenes of partying and even drug use,  things that in one way or another contributes to the pair's relationship decay. There's great promise in terms of acting performances, and Redstone and Anderson as the two leads give impressive portrayals of their characters. Needless, to say there are times when viewers can notice shaky camera movements although this could've been done on purpose as some kind of metaphor.  Emotional at times,  do check this out especially if you're very much into the LGBT genre.
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
A gritty and realistic depiction of lesbians and the breaking up process between such individuals. The soundtrack used is engaging and adds to the overall mood but it's the commendable... more
A gritty and realistic depiction of lesbians and the breaking up process between such individuals. The soundtrack used is engaging and adds to the overall mood but it's the commendable performances that also caught my attention. Kat Redstone as Lisa was impressive but Sophie Anderson as Sally was for me, a major force in this film. Her portrayal of Sally's character has depth and very candidly genuine. Director Wichmann's debut feature is something worth checking out! 
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Reviewed by Tania123
From the outset I was happy to forgive this scrappy indie its budget constraints - it is after all a debut British feature without the bells and whistles of funding... more
From the outset I was happy to forgive this scrappy indie its budget constraints - it is after all a debut British feature without the bells and whistles of funding support - and was happy I did. It has a sort of grungy appeal of a film in the gutter looking at the stars, with flawed characters leading aimless, flawed lives, but clinging to the shreds of romance they seem to have grabbed but with no idea where from. Basically, the story of my youth! Best scenes were the arguments between Liza and Sally, uncomfortable though they were to watch, they were very well handled, the camera remaining un-intrusive, the emotions raw and sticky. One of those films that disappeared quickly but will be unearthed as a gritty classic in future I reckon.
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