Gabriel & Me
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|Gabriel & Me|
|Directed by||Udayan Prasad|
|Produced by||Film Lab North UK|
|Written by||Lee Hall|
|Music by||Will Slater|
Isle of Man Film
UK Film Council
Gabriel and Me is a 2001 film starring Iain Glen, Sean Landless and Billy Connolly as the angel Gabriel. It originated from the British play I Luv You Jimmy Spud. Some outdoor scenes were filmed in North East England including the Roker pier in Sunderland.
Whilst "praying" in a derelict and abandoned church one day, Jimmy is visited by Gabriel (Billy Connolly), who advises him on how to become an angel.
He goes home and sows a multitude of feathers onto an old dress and goes wandering around the docks. We next see him on the absolute top of a tower crane, watching a boy cycling below. The boy skids and lands in the water. Jimmy sees his chance to prove himself and dives in to rescue him. The boy, a Pakistani boy scout, thanks him and they become friends.
Jimmy practices "flying" by jumping off a plank, and is seen to hover unnaturally long, as if achieving his aim.
His dad discovers the new pair of friends in the bedroom one day, with Jimmy in his "dress", he is furious and smashes a trumpet Jimmy had borrowed from school for angel practice.
Jimmy's grandfather sells his homing pigeons to buy Jimmy a new trumpet.
Dad's illness (seemingly lung cancer) worsens and he goes into hospital. Jimmy is told that he will not return. He visits dad in hospital wearing his angel dress and plays Swing Low, Sweet Chariot on the trumpet.
Disillusioned by his father's death he burns the angel dress. However Gabriel returns and explains that he has met his goal.
The film ends with the famous throw on the jetty which inspired Jimmy so much.
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