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This impressive film is set in a farm shortly after a devastating event has taken place. That event is the sudden passing of a young farmer and Clover (Ellie Kendrick) has arrived home to the family business shortly afterwards to help sort his affairs. Aubrey (David Troughton) is there in body though possibly not mind, seemingly incapable of any such arrangements; for the funeral, for the welfare of his animals, the general upkeep of the farm or indeed his own well-being. There is an obvious, long-standing conflict between the two family members and over the course of »
- Paul Heath
It'll take some finding, but one of the best films of the year is in UK cinemas today. Here's our review of The Levelling...
When the UK box office chart comes in next week, I’d expect Alien: Covenant to be comfortably ensconced in the top slot, with the likes of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, Beauty & The Beast and The Boss Baby scrapping over what it leaves behind. And I’d wager that, with a limited screen count, comparably tiny promotional spend, and little more than word of mouth to send it on its way, The Levelling will do well to get anywhere near the top 20.
In truth, it took a bit of digging just to be able to get to review the film, let alone find it on a cinema screen around the country. But this is the kind of production that needs film lovers to get out and push, »
Author: Andy Furlong
A bleak backdrop of Somerset scenery amid an atmospheric abyss of grief and guilt are just some of the underlying themes in Hope Dickson Leach’s feature film debut.
The Levelling follows trainee veterinarian Clover Catto (Game of Thrones’ Ellie Kendrick) who returns home to her family farm following the death of her brother in what appears to be a suicide. Upon returning she encounters her estranged father (David Troughton) who is now a shadow of his former self. It is this troubled reconciliation over the loss of a loved one that forms the film’s central conceit, which allows these two central characters to slowly dissect their family’s turbulent past.
Because The Levelling starts with Clover’s return to the farm under the most tragic of circumstances it establishes a melancholic mood from the offset that the film never breaks from. The farm is chaotic »
- Andy Furlong
The Levelling, 2016.
Directed by Hope Dickson Leach.
Trainee vet Clover (Ellie Kendrick) returns home to the family farm in Somerset following the death of her brother. She finds the farm in chaos and her father a shadow of his former self. Their relationship has been fractured for some time, but this could be an opportunity for them to settle their differences.
Crumbling urban landscapes are usually the default setting for gritty, emotionally charged British dramas. But, for her first feature, The Levelling, Hope Dickson Leach has turned that on its head and moved to the land of soaps like The Archers and Emmerdale. And she’s done it to startling effect.
Here, the backdrop is the Somerset Levels, specifically the devastating floods of 2014, with a farm on its knees as a result. Its family are in much the same place, »
- Freda Cooper
Monterey Media has announced the April 25th release of The Levelling, the critically acclaimed directorial debut of Hope Dickson Leach, which stars Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones) alongside David Troughton, Jack Holden and Joe Blakemore. Take a look at the trailer below…
Somerset, England. Trainee veterinarian Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) returns to the farm where she grew up after hearing news that her brother Harry (Joe Blakemore) has died – what appears to be a suicide. Finding the family home in a state of horrendous disrepair following the 2014 floods that devastated the area, Clover is forced to confront her father Aubrey – about the farm, the livestock and, crucially, the details surrounding Harry’s death. Clover’s discoveries send her on an emotional journey of reckoning – with her family, her childhood and herself.
The Levelling is set for release on DVD and VOD on April 25th. »
- Amie Cranswick
From the unglamorous muddiness of its contemporary English farmland setting, to the lyrical interludes as nocturnal animals swim in murky waters and woodland creatures quiver in damp hedgerows, Hope Dickson Leach’s feature directorial debut is startlingly assured. “The Levelling” is an intimate story, waterlogged with guilt, grief and blame, but it explores this dark spectrum with such unsentimental honesty that its tiny moments of uplift, when its repressed characters form tentative connections despite themselves, are magnified and moving. Unlike so many first-timers, Dickson Leach, who also wrote the script, never allows her reach to exceed her grasp: she sets boundary markers around the edges of her territory and doesn’t stray beyond them. Instead she gets her hands dirty, bedding down into these difficult, truculent characters and plunging us deep into the chilly loam of her mournful, atmospheric story.
It starts with an ending. Clover (“Game of Thrones” actor »
- Jessica Kiang
Monterey Media has picked up the U.S. rights to Tiff film The Levelling, and is planning a theatrical release for early spring. Starring Ellie Kendrick (Game Of Thrones), David Troughton, Jack Holden and Joe Blakemore, the film follows Clover Catto (Kendrick), who returns to the farm where she grew up after hearing news that her brother’s apparent suicide. Finding the family home in a state of horrendous disrepair Clover is forced to confront her father Aubrey, which… »
The Los Angeles-based distributor has picked up all Us rights from Mongrel International to Hope Dickson Leach’s drama.
The Levelling takes place in Somerset, England, where a trainee veterinarian returns to the family farm following the apparent suicide of her brother.
Monterey plans an early spring release on the film, which premiered at last September’s Toronto International Film Festival and becomes the 14th Toronto selection that monterey has acquired in nine years.
It screened late last year at the BFI London Film Festival where Leach was awarded the first Iwc Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI to support exceptional new and emerging UK filmmakers.
“We are very excited to help introduce Ms Kendrick’s finely layered »
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