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Dominic Brunt (2015)

83min
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Review

Our Score
Emmerdale actor Dominic Brunt made an impressive directorial debut with 2013 horror Before Dawn, a terrifying and emotionally resonant take on the zombie apocalypse. There are monsters in his tense sophomore feature, too, but these brutes are all too real, as newspaper headlines from austerity Britain can testify. In a town in northern Britain, best friends Bex (Victoria Smurfit) and Dawn (Joanne Mitchell) struggle to expand their market-stall business, which leaves them at the mercy of charming but ruthless loan shark Jeremy (brilliantly and chillingly played by RSC actor Jonathan Slinger). Let's just say he makes them an offer he won't let them refuse. Brunt creates an ominous atmosphere punctuated by staccato bursts of shocking violence against anyone who gets in the scoundrel's way - age, gender or disability (Dawn has an autistic son) are no protection against his depredations or the brutality of his man-mountain sidekick (Adam Fogerty). Slinger creates one of British cinema's vilest villains, excruciatingly smug but menacing and deadly to boot. But be warned, the climax (echoing the kitchen scene from Hitchcock's Torn Curtain) is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Cast & Crew

Bex Victoria Smurfit
Jeremy Jonathan Slinger
Dawn Joanne Mitchell
Si Adam Fogerty
Linda Rula Lenska
David Andrew Dunn (2)
Nev Charlie Chuck
Liam Anthony Mark Streeter
Pauline Kerry Bennett
Mr Hawley Geoffrey Newland
Director Dominic Brunt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudityReleased on: 4 Sep 2015