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For Those In Peril

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
For Those In Peril
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Time Out Says

3 out of 5 stars

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.

Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

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

Cast and Crew

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