WHO’S IN IT?
Ruth Wilson (Saving Mr. Banks), Mark Stanley (Mr. Turner), Sean Bean (Jupiter Ascending), Esme Creed-Miles (Mister Lonely), Aiden McCullough (film debut), Shane Attwooll (Legend), Steve Garti (Millions), Una McNulty (film debut), Jonah Russell (The Honeytrap), Paul Roberson (film debut)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant), director, writer; Tracy O’Riordan (The Arbor), producer; Harry Escott (Shame), composer; Adriano Goldman (Sin Nombre), cinematographer; Luke Dunkley (Crust) and Nick Fenton (Submarine), editors
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
After the death of her father, Alice Bell (Wilson) returns to her family’s farm in Yorkshire for the first time in fifteen years, to claim the tenancy she believes is rightfully hers. There, she encounters her older brother Joe (Stanley) who has become worn down after years of running the farm as well as caring for his dying father. Joe is angered by Alice’s sudden reappearance and her claim for the farm’s tenancy, and she finds herself caught in a struggle with her only sibling while she also tackles some unpleasant memories from her past…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
Ruth Wilson gets her moment to shine on the big screen in a powerful performance that makes Dark River float much more than it already is, due to the fact that it’s also a gripping and emotional tale by writer-director Clio Barnard.