New film by David Ryle and Gem Fletcher reveals the poetry of playing with fire


The stuntman as a cinematic role feels like it belongs to a simpler era of the film industry, before CGI made almost anything possible and when getting the right shot sometimes involved genuine peril. Thankfully, the focus on authenticity in film has in recent years ensured the continued demand for stunt work, while safety standards have at the same time risen a great deal. Yet there is still a sense of genuine danger around stunt work and it still takes a brave person to throw themselves into the path of a moving car or set themselves on fire.

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