If you enjoyed the soundtrack to the film by Paul Saunderson, it is now available to buy from iTunes UK. A new behind the scenes photo (above), of Tom wearing prosthetics on the set of Starfish has been shared on Twitter, and a new photo from the Q&A at the Starfish premiere has been shared by the Starfish account.
@markaustinitv hosts post screening Q&A at the @starfishthefilm Premiere last week. @JoFroggatt @JoFroggatt @thisisTomRiley @RayHudsonandray pic.twitter.com/9v7aGXMVNa— Starfish the Film (@starfishthefilm) October 30, 2016
Several good reviews for Tom's performance have appeared online over the weekend. Click the links below to read them in full.
The physical aspects of Tom’s condition are graphically presented with the help of skilful prosthetics and co-operation from the real life Tom Ray, who acted as body double. But the main power of the film comes from the finely judged performances of Riley and Froggatt. Good supporting performances too from Michelle Dotrice as Nic’s well meaning but interfering mother and Phoebe Nicholls as Tom’s rather neurotic mum. There are some flashbacks where we see Tom as a child with the father who deserted him, his mother and his brothers which, while visually effective, don’t really add a lot to the storytelling, while the film’s eagerness to promote the little known effects of septicaemia does perhaps come over sometimes as a touch evangelical. But these are very minor reservations about what is a frank, brave and often harrowing piece of storytelling with two excellent central performances. Close-Up Film
This true story could have been a relentless downer, but filmmaker Bill Clark and his skilled cast have infused every scene with real-life grit and humour. So even when things get dark - and they get very emotional indeed - there's a striking honesty that keeps us engaged and sympathetic. And the central performances from Joanne Froggatt and Tom Riley carry real power. Shadows On The Wall
That’s not to say that the performances are not good. Tom Riley especially captivates on screen so many of his scenes the cameras rest on his eyes and he conveys so many emotions in a blink of an eye. battleroyalewithcheese
Aided by superb prosthetics and make-up effects, Riley delivers the performance of his career here, selling Tom’s plight with wonderful insight and never shying away from the rage bubbling under his surface. On Screen Film
You can’t knock the actors’ commitment. Riley puts in long hours in the prosthetics wagon, finding ways to insinuate Tom’s mental and physical anguish without recourse to words or gestures. Movie Mail