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The Near Room

  • Film

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

  • Duration:89 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:David Hayman
  • Screenwriter:Robert Murphy
  • Cast:
    • Adrian Dunbar
    • David O'Hara
    • Julie Graham
    • Emma Faulkner
    • David Hayman
    • James Ellis
    • Robert Pugh
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