Blood Cells

Film, Drama
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Blood Cells

The legacy of a very British rural crisis is explored in this thoughtful, if slightly unconvincing indie drama

This low-key, moody British indie follows a drifter, Adam (played by Barry Ward, the charismatic lead in Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’), as he moves around the country trying to make peace with a troubled past rooted in the destruction of his family’s farm during the 2001 foot-and-mouth crisis.

It’s shot in an alluring, intimate, immediate style and the sensitive, inquiring photography is by far the film’s strongest selling point. But Adam’s series of brief encounters, as he reconnects with old friends and family, can feel shallow and underexplored, despite a strong performance from Ward.

There’s also a niggling sense that Adam is more a catalyst for some well-styled movie atmospherics than any serious examination of his character’s troubles.

By: Dave Calhoun

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Release details

Release date: Tuesday June 30 2015
Duration: 86 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph Bull, Luke Seomore
Screenwriter: Joseph Bull, Luke Seomore
Cast: Jimmy Akingbola
Olivia Bernstone
Silas Carson
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