The Rise

The Rise

Rowan Athale (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
First-time writer/director Rowan Athale delivers a British crime thriller with a twist: the gangsters here aren't cunning cockneys but canny northerners. Our hero is ex-con Harvey (Luke Treadaway), and things aren't looking good for him. In the opening scene he's bloodied, back in a cell and being interrogated by world-weary detective Timothy Spall. A series of flashbacks in the style of The Usual Suspects follows, as we find out why this young pretender and his endearingly half-hearted partners-in-crime (Misfits star Iwan Rheon, Gerard Kearns and Matthew Lewis), dared to take on the local drug lord (a typically menacing Neil Maskell). The title refers to a sprawling council estate in Leeds, which, thanks to the brooding cinematography, wouldn't look out of place in a post-apocalypse blockbuster. The end result is a slick, satisfying debut.


A criminal under police interrogation openly admits his part in a robbery that ended in an attempted murder. He tells the inspector handling the case the story of how his reunion with three friends following his release from prison led to his part in the crime, and how their actions were driven by revenge. Crime drama, starring Luke Treadaway and Timothy Spall.

Cast & Crew

Harvey Luke Treadaway
Dempsey Iwan Rheon
Charlie Gerard Kearns
Dodd Matthew Lewis
DI West Timothy Spall
Nicola Vanessa Kirby
Roper Neil Maskell
PC Nixon Lewis Rainer
Sgt Kendon Brad Moore
Albert Paul Clayton
Tracey Lucy Fenton
Director Rowan Athale
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: E1Guidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse. Available on: DVDReleased on: 20 Sep 2013