Lenny Abrahamson (2015)

15 Certificate


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Emma Donoghue found inspiration for her bestselling novel Room in the real-life case of Josef Fritzl, who incarcerated his daughter in a basement for 24 years and systematically raped and impregnated her. Her screenplay for this film version also tells its story from the innocent point of view of five-year-old Jack (newcomer Jacob Tremblay), born into the cramped captivity he shares with his mother (Oscar-winning Brie Larson), abducted seven years ago. Directed with tactile, close-up empathy by Lenny Abrahamson, Room establishes an almost mundane routine of home-education, exercise and co-dependence, punctuated by the nocturnal visitations of "Old Nick" (Sean Bridgers), their anonymous captor. Though the book's readers will know the outcome, seeing this almost unbearable nightmare realised with such care and restraint is an ultimately uplifting experience.


Premiere. A woman who has been held captive for years lives in a single room with her son, who has never experienced life beyond its walls. She resolves to make sure he has a complete and fulfilling life, but when they finally escape, she faces the challenge of helping him cope with a world he has no experience of. Drama based on Emma Donoghue's novel, starring an Oscar-winning Brie Larson, with Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H Macy. Every 60 minutes from 6.00am.

Cast & Crew

Ma Brie Larson
Jack Jacob Tremblay
Grandpa Robert William H Macy
Old Nick Sean Bridgers
Nancy Joan Allen
Leo Tom McCamus
Dr Mittal Cas Anvar
Doug Matt Gordon
Office Parker Amanda Brugel
Officer Grabowski Joe Pingue
Director Lenny Abrahamson
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Jan 2016