December saw the release of Benedict Cumberbatch’s third film of the year Wreckers - another British independent movie also starring Claire Foy and Shaun Evans.
You can watch Wreckers on Curzon on demand now.
Three star review of Wreckers by Kate Muir in The Times.
The beautiful Norfolk fens hide dark secrets in D. R. Hood’s debut, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy
Wreckers is a small canvas, but it contains fascinating performances from Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy as a couple returning to their roots in the country. The fact that those roots are twisted, rotting and deeply hidden beneath the surface emerges slowly during sun-dappled days in the Norfolk fens.
Cumberbatch plays David, who works with disturbed children, and for once he is not typecast as a toff. It’s good to hear him without the commanding officer’s tones from War Horse or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. As Dawn, the young wife and primary-school teacher, Foy is a delicate revelation, and this film will be a useful calling card for her career. (Last seen as a wild-haired, caged madwoman in the trashy The Season of the Witch.) The third character in this fraternal and possibly sexual love triangle is David’s brother Nick, fresh back from Afghanistan with serious war damage, and played by Shaun Evans. The first-time director D. R. Hood traps the three in an isolated, run-down house with peeling wallpaper, which awaits turning into a dream home. But DIY alone is not enough to achieve the dream, and the brothers’ past and abusive family slip into the foreground, casting dark shadows over the Cath Kidston set. At night Nick shouts and sleepwalks, at one point taking a lettuce to bed and snuggling up.
Dawn is the focus of the film, and her relationship with David is beautifully tender, as she struggles to get pregnant. But increasingly Dawn takes on the role of reluctant detective, and becomes aware of her outsider status, a city girl unaware of the past that surrounds her we’re slightly in minor Straw Dogs or Hot Fuzz territory — the bucolic, charming village that turns out to have less-than-charming residents, all apparently indulging in wife-beating, incest and other crime behind closed doors. Much, perhaps too much, is made by the cinematographer of country churches, stained glass and rippling fields. If only this had been pushed to the claustrophobic, darker side, the film would be more commercial.
But Hood, to her credit, holds back, allows her actors to improvise and goes for ambiguity rather than vulgar punch. Her next project will be worth looking out for. Plus any film that showcases an open-topped white Karmann Ghia has my vote.
My understanding from speaking to Dictynna Hood(the director) is that the Q&A is likely to be filmed and released on youtube at a later date. Keep an eye on the Wreckers facebook for details.
Hopefully if enough of us have asked for the Curzon Q&A to be filmed we might get our wish. I’m not counting my chickens. There’s probably too much to sort out at short notice but it was worth asking.
Reblogging for the handy ticket link. The screening was about 70% sold before Benedict was announced so if you want a ticket do please be speedy.
Just to confirm all three of the leads - Benedict, Claire Foy and Shaun Evans will be at the Q&A.
So Benedict will be at the Wreckers Q&A.
Curzon Soho 17 December 18.30 £12.50 each. I cant go but hope its packed with fans.
Wreckers from @artificialeye gets a brief write up in The Guardian’s guide to the coming week.
Wreckers is released on 16th December and they are still a few tickets left to the Curzon Soho screening with director Q&A afterwards on 17th December. And if you can’t see the film in the cinema it will be available for viewing at home on Curzon On Demand.
Thanks to the wonderful Lorna for the scan.
>@artificial eye Press pack for Wreckers starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy and Shaun Evans.
Quotes from Wreckers pressbook:
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (DAVID)
It’s great to play outside the usual casting demographic and to be asked to improvise with a group of actors whose work I have admired as an audience. Dictynna knew the world and background of her characters stories with tender detail and still let us explore our own ideas about them. David is a complex one and understanding his past was key to making sense of his actions although I think in the final edit there is a good ambiguity that allows an audience to reach for clues or understanding instead of the usual passive drip feed you are patronised by when it comes to the whys what’s and wherefores of a fictional character. Much better to let an audience play detective than have everything explained and then forgotten about.
Certain freedoms are great with a tighter budget and yet there are also new restrictions. You are limited in the number of set ups or the complexity of lighting and coverage but that starts to dictate a style that you have to embrace. Dictynna was infinitely patient and flexible and Annemarie was ever inventive and a strong voice on blocking as her framing often had to contain the whole scene. But there was a guerilla film unit flexibility because we were so small that often meant less time between takes and set ups so it was easier to get a rhythm going. However night shoots in the cold on a budget are never fun! But that is a reality whatever the circumstances of the production. It was great to do work for a less experienced crew and director who are finding their voices and skill sets and to learn with them. I always feel like a beginner on every job so you get close to people when you share that experience. Go team Wreckers!
Also, Wreckers soundtrack by Andrew Lovett is now available for pruchase at iTunes
Wreckers starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy & Shaun Evans is due for release on 16 December 2011. The lovely people at Artificial Eye have put together this fabulous poster for the film and are offering to make it available for Benedict fans to buy.
There are two different sizes available and the costs are set out below:
QUAD SIZE CINEMA POSTER (40” x 30”)
UK £28.00 + VAT including post and packaging
Europe £33 + VAT including post and packaging
Rest of World £39 + VAT including post and packaging
DOUBLE CROWN SIZE POSTER (20” x 30”)
UK £22 + VAT including post and packaging
Europe £27 + VAT including post and packaging
Rest of World £33 + VAT including post and packaging
In order to do a print of the posters there needs to be interest from 50 or more people in one of the sizes.
So register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
No guarantee of any order before Christmas.
Wreckers premiered tonight at the London Film Festival. Benedict is away in Belgium filming Parade’s End but the director Dictynna Hood and the remainder of the central cast (Claire Foy, Shaun Evans and Peter Mcdonald were there to introduce the film).
You can read our review of the film here.
Claire Foy at the Wreckers Q&A at the @BFI London Film Festival