Dedham Film festival

for people who love film

2 - 17 October 2015


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Tyrannosaur (2011)

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Date: Friday 28th September

Time: 7.30pm

Location: The Duchy Barn

Event Duration: 2 hours with interval

Certificate 18

Price: £5.00

The story of Joseph (Peter Mullan) a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating results on both of their lives.

Tyrannosaur sounds like a particularly extreme work of British working-class realism, but director Paddy Considine and his cast have no use for comfortable distance created by cliché. Considine stays with his characters, making sure we know them too well, showing how much their own behavior torments them. Joseph mourns his wife, tends to a dying friend, and fills his days with cheap amusement in the absence of a job, but the film provides many hints that his past was filled with anger and rage before unemployment hit.

Refreshments will be available before the performance and during the interval.

"Portions are so oppressively harsh they almost verge on parody. But Considine and his great cast never let things go over the top. And I have to tell you, when Joseph and Hannah come to a place of understanding, I was incredibly moved. It's not an easy film to sit through, but it's worth it for moments like that. "
Sundance 2011