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The Survivalist

The Survivalist
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 101 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Stephen Fingleton
  • Cast: Martin McCann, Mia Goth, Olwen Fouere
  • UK release: 12 February 2016

After the breakdown of society, a nameless man (McCann) scratches out a basic existence in a Northern Irish forest, but then he meets two strangers (Goth and Fouere), and they strike a deal for survival. With provocative themes and explicit nudity it avoids cliché and exploitation, and the exceptional cast give it weight and heart. Stunning and thought-provoking.

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In a kill-or-be-killed world where starvation is rife and strangers are always dangerous, The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits. When a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his forest refuge, his loneliness drives him to overcome his suspicion and strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board. But as desire becomes stronger than necessity, the exchange becomes an uneasy, ongoing arrangement which threatens not only his carefully constructed world but also his life.

BAFTA-nominee for Outstanding British Debut 2016, ''The Survivalist' is a captivating thriller from BIFA Debut Director 2015 award-winner Stephen Fingleton and features stellar performances from Martin McCann ('71, Shadow Dancer, X+Y), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac Part II, A Cure for Wellness) and Olwen Fouéré (This Must be the Place).

✮✮✮✮ "Overwhelmingly tense and brutal thriller from first-time feature director Stephen Fingleton" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Run time: 104 mins

BBFC Certified 18 - brief strong sexual activity, abortion scene, strong violence

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The Survivalist

8 Feb 20164 stars

Stephen Fingleton’s BAFTA-nominated debut is a highly personal portrait of survival

By filtering the enormity of global catastrophe through the prism of individual survival, writer-director Stephen Fingleton’s remarkable first film (nominated for a 2016 BAFTA for Outstanding Debut) effectively imagines the complete breakdown of society…

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