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Astonish Me (2011)

When a young boy gets locked in the Natural History Museum after closing, a mysterious guard gives him a magical ticket that allows him to visit a restricted area of the museum, where a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Will Jacklin Will Jacklin ... Archie
Anthony Gopaul Anthony Gopaul ... Museum Attendant
Christian McKay ... The Museum Guard
Bill Nighy ... The Professor
Gemma Arterton ... The Guide
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When a young boy gets locked in the Natural History Museum after closing, a mysterious guard gives him a magical ticket that allows him to visit a restricted area of the museum, where a professor and a guide show him examples of the wondrous new species of animals being discovered every day on Earth. Written by Anonymous

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26 July 2011 (UK) See more »

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This short film was written by noted director Stephen Poliakoff to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund. Poliakoff enlisted Bill Nighy, with whom he has worked numerous times, and Gemma Arterton, who was given her first screen role by Poliakoff, to star. The film screened in Odeon cinemas across the UK in August 2011 and was made available for viewing online as well. See more »

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Nice Short, it is what it is
12 February 2019 | by KyleLichtSee all my reviews

We watched this short film when talking about new species and biological diversity in my Environmental Biology class. It was a fun surprise to see Bill Nighy! It's always a pleasure to see him. The film, however, is clearly a PSA for the World Wildlife Foundation, promoting the vastness of different species and how species are dying off. There's nothing wrong with that though; I just viewed the movie with a different lens. Some of the cinematography and effects were incredible but overall, its purpose was to promote the WWF, so I think that'll excuse my complaint that it's kind of cheesy. For my class, however, it was a nice short to exhibit biological diversity and that new species are constantly being found.


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