The Near Room

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Time Out says

This Scottish thriller, developed by British Screen and written by Robert Murphy, is regrettably no advert for the future of small-budget, big-screen British product. Dunbar's a Glaswegian journo-turned-investigator whose search for a young girl (his daughter, unbeknownst to her) leads him into heavy-duty pressure, caught between hard-nosed editors, bent cops, prostitutes, paedophiles and power-hungry lawyers. 'The machinations of the secret state have been exposed,' says a character, but it's only a ruse. Hayman's stylised TV direction, the sountrack atmospherics, the over-use of red filters and circling overhead camera, and the formula performances detract from what could have been a topical noir drama.
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Release details

UK release:

1995

Duration:

89 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

David Hayman

Cast:

James Ellis, David Hayman, Emma Faulkner, Julie Graham, David O'Hara, Adrian Dunbar, Robert Pugh

Music:

Paul McGeechan, James Grant

Production Designer:

Andy Harris

Editor:

Martin Sharpe

Cinematography:

Kevin Rowley

Screenwriter:

Robert Murphy

Producer:

Len Crooks

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