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Short summary

When Jodie goes missing, her parents are left behind to pick up the pieces. They frantically try every option to get her to come home, or for her kidnappers to release her. While they search the mortuaries looking for clues, a private investigator discovers a murky world and a terrible secret everyone wants to keep.

After reading the script, lead Marc Bannerman was unable to sleep for two nights. On the end of the second day developing a stress related rash.

An executive from Film Four stated that if Hawken could get someone to make No Reasons it would be the most controversial British movie since Ken Russell's Devils. Hawken on the basis of that decided to make the movie any way he could.

Hawken planned to make the movie with £5000 and unknown actors. It was to be his first movie. When Death Walks made with a zero budget was made first, Hawken was able to secure additional funding allowing him to select known performers from stage, screen and television.

User reviews

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    • Author: spacebreeze
    Some weeks ago I was fortunate enough to see Death Walks, a no budget movie with twists a plenty. Then this weekend I got to see No Reasons, a movie from the same director.

    No Reasons is a slow burning drama that slowly turns from being fairly normal, to un-normal, slowly all the plots merge together like fingers. It's a freaky offering from a rookie director that really starts to show what the movies creator is capable of.

    So Spencer Hawken made Death Walks for nothing, then No Reasons for around £15k, which i'm told is nothing for a film; now trust me when I say this No Reasons is a polished work of art, a screwed up work of art, but still a work of art. This makes me think what on earth could this guy do with twice that amount, three times the amount, its mind boggling.

    Death Walks has a style, a kind of jolly style, No Reasons has nothing like that, its like a humanized version of a Serbian Film, every bit as screwed up.

    When the end credits began to roll the audience was plundered into silence, but then a lone individual let out an expletive, and shortly afterwards, a mid credits twist that will mean A LOT to those that have seen Death Walks a huge round of applause rang out.

    The music is astounding, camera-work slick, performances great.

    No Reasons shows that we have a new name to watch, Christopher Nolan, your cards are marked.
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    • Author: Ironrunner
    Having been treated to a bit of zero budget amazingness just 4 weeks earlier in Death Walks, Spencer hawken is back with No Reasons a disturbing movie weaved by the same cloth as Death Walks. To quote the character of Sally (Lucinda Rhodes) "life is not all pink fluffy clouds". Oh my goodness this is not a nice movie, truly awesome, but shocking. The first hour dawdled on by luring you into a false sense of security, the second hour grabbed you by the privates and vomited into your mouth. This is awesome to the most extreme, I cannot think of another movie that takes you quite down a dark twisted path like this one. I worry someone will let the secret out of the bag, because when it comes to twists and secrets this is the best one I've seen in a very long time. Great performances, seedy villains, female rapists... its all good family fun to the very last, somewhat shocking second.
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    • Author: Kelerius
    This is the second film by director Spencer Hawken, and if you are familiar with his debut film Death Walks, you'll find that No Reasons is a completely different animal.

    Death Walks is a relatively light comedy horror - a popcorn movie, if you like. With No Reasons Hawken has taken another path, and this path leads you to places that you really don't want to think about, let alone go.

    Make no mistake - this is a dark movie.

    I'm not just saying that for effect. No Reasons is not for the faint-hearted or sensitive viewer, as it deals with subjects that will make most people very uncomfortable.

    The film begins with Paul (Marc Bannerman) and Sally (Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar), who are approaching the first anniversary of their 15-year-old daughter Jodie (Elisha Applebaum) going missing.

    The story expands as we are gradually introduced to a bunch of mostly unsavoury characters including villain Julian (Roland Manookian), local journalist Kevin (an admirably creepy performance by Daniel Smales), down-on-his-luck private investigator Maurice (the wonderful Daniel Peacock), therapist Dr Spencer ('Allo 'Allo's Vicki Michelle), school teacher Mr Taylor (Jon Guerriero), pushy Simone (Lorraine Stanley) and assorted police officers (Louise Michelle, Scott Mullins, Alan Hitching, Peter James Hole).

    I won't go into further details regarding the plot as you should discover it for yourself, but it won't surprise you to know that things are not as simple as they appear, and there's at least one horrible secret to be uncovered.

    Following swiftly on the heels of the no-budget and mostly amateur-made Death Walks, No Reasons is a step up in quality in many regards. Hawken and his core crew appear to have learned a lot in a very short time.

    Working with a budget meant that Hawken could hire some professional "name" actors (Peacock, Bannerman, Michelle, Manookian, Stanley) to work alongside Death Walks stalwarts Mullins, Guerriero, Smales and Holly Boeva, who all seem to have been inspired to new levels of performance by working alongside more experienced colleagues.

    The film also looks more professional visually compared to the raw style of Death Walks, with impressive cinematography and some excellent location work.  Tom Wolfe supplies an atmospheric score which adds so much to the downbeat mood of the film.

    The opening scenes are incredibly well acted and directed, and brilliantly portray the utterly devastating effect a missing child can have on the lives of the parents. This is proper drama.

    Of course this is a Spencer Hawken film, so there are twists and shocks in store as the story unfolds towards the ending, which will leave you open-mouthed and lost for words. When the final scene played out and the credits rolled, there was complete silence in the cinema. One viewer eventually broke the silence with a simple "F***ing hell."

    There is a lot to the story, which unfolds gradually - tortuously even. That is probably my only issue with the film - I think it could perhaps have been tightened up a bit so that it moved along at a slightly quicker pace. I don't mind a slow burning film but a few times I found myself wanting to know more, right now! Although perhaps this could actually be a positive, that the viewer starts to feel as tortured as some of the characters!

    No Reasons is almost certainly going to create some controversy. It is a bold, grim and unflinching exploration of the darker side of life that rarely shows its face to the world.

    Spencer Hawken was reportedly influenced to write No Reasons by reading about two horrible real-life stories in a newspaper. He is of the opinion that tales based in the reality of everyday life are far more terrifying than those featuring fantastical and fictional creatures.

    Based on No Reasons, I think he's probably right.
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Marc Bannerman Marc Bannerman - Paul
    Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar - Sally (as Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty)
    Daniel Peacock Daniel Peacock - Maurice
    Roland Manookian Roland Manookian - Julian
    Stuart Manning Stuart Manning - Robin
    Lorraine Stanley Lorraine Stanley - Simone
    Vicki Michelle Vicki Michelle - Dr. Victoria Spencer
    Anna Karen Anna Karen - Yvonne
    Dexter Koh Dexter Koh - Dexter
    Louise Michelle Louise Michelle - PC Claire Coogan
    Jazz Lintott Jazz Lintott - Raj
    Jon Guerriero Jon Guerriero - Mr. Taylor
    Elisha Applebaum Elisha Applebaum - Jodie
    Jessie Williams Jessie Williams - Angel
    Daniel Smales Daniel Smales - Kevin
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