Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden
The first recipient of the IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award, shorts director Hope Dickson-Leach makes an assured transition to feature filmmaking with this beautifully controlled debut – set against the backdrop of the devastating 2014 Somerset floods – which garnered excellent reviews after screenings at LFF and Toronto 2016.
Clover (Ellie Kendrick: The Diary of Anne Frank, Game of Thrones) is finishing a veterinary course when she is called back to her family’s Somerset farm after a sudden tragedy. There she is met by her brooding father Aubrey (David Troughton). Quiet and dour, unable to move on from past sorrows, he is trapped in anger while the farm lies in disrepair; and it’s not long before the simmering emotions and financial pressures they face become impossible to ignore.
With a finely-crafted script, impressive performances and exceptional cinematography of the landscape by Nanu Segal, Dickson-Leach’s slow-burning film portrays the vicissitudes of farming life with depth and realism, marking her as a new voice to watch in contemporary British cinema.