For Those In Peril

The debut feature from acclaimed Scottish short filmmaker Paul Wright was one of a tiny selection of British films selected for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival – it screened as part of Critics’ Week – and it’s not hard to see why. This is contemporary low-budget arthouse in extremis, all juddery editing, extreme close-ups, drifting choral music and hushed, Terrence Malick-esque voiceover. Twenty-one-year-old George MacKay is phenomenal as Aaron, the sole survivor of a fishing boat tragedy who has become a bad-luck omen for his fellow townsfolk. Isolated from his community and convinced that the men on the boat – including his brother – could still be alive, Aaron sinks into depression and psychosis.

As a portrait of encroaching mental illness, ‘For Those in Peril’ works superbly. Wright goes for sensory overload, incorporating diverse video techniques and a jarring, disorienting soundscape. But this becomes repetitive: there’s only so many times an audience will fall for the same manipulative editing tricks. Still, with fine performances and a rich sense of place, this is a promising start.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday October 4 2013
Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Paul Wright
Screenwriter: Paul Wright
Cast: George Mackay
Michael Smiley
Kate Dickie

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Loueen

Totally amazing / must see / must recommend to friends. On a cognitive level the movie uses flashbacks, old home movie sequences, news reel footage with the acting and this works extremely well. On an emotional level this is not a 'spectator' movie. You will be drawn into the emotions and yes pain of this family. And you will be better for the experience. GO SEE IT !!

Loueen

Totally amazing / must see / must recommend to friends. On a cognitive level the movie uses flashbacks, old home movie sequences, news reel footage with the acting and this works extremely well. On an emotional level this is not a 'spectator' movie. You will be drawn into the emotions and yes pain of this family. And you will be better for the experience. GO SEE IT !!