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Tyrannosaur -- Joseph is an unemployed widower with a drinking problem and a volatile temper. Hannah is a pious woman working at a charity shop, hiding a dark secret. When circumstance brings the pair together, Hannah appears as Joseph's guardian angel only to find that he might be her savior. Striking performances and a deeply moving story make TYRANNOSAUR a must-see.
Tyrannosaur -- Joseph is a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As his life spirals into chaos, a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.
Tyrannosaur -- A woman looks for a way out of her abusive relationship.

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Release Date:
7 October 2011 (Ireland) See more »
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Plot:
Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 19 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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Violent, bleak, transformational brilliance See more (87 total) »

Cast

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Peter Mullan ... Joseph
Archie Lal ... Post Office Cashier
Jag Sanghera ... Gurav
Mike Fearnley ... Dan
Paul Conway ... Terry
Lee Rufford ... Paul

Olivia Colman ... Hannah

Samuel Bottomley ... Samuel

Sian Breckin ... Kelly

Paul Popplewell ... Bod

Eddie Marsan ... James
Robin Butler ... Jack

Sally Carman ... Marie

Ned Dennehy ... Tommy
Fiona Carnegie ... Woman in Shop
Julia Mallam ... Drunk Woman
Chris Wheat ... Wake Singer
Craig Considine ... Craig
Robert Haythorne ... Rob
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vicki Hackett ... Woman Viewing House (uncredited)
Piers Mettrick ... Man in Pub (uncredited)
Carol Plant ... Prison Visitor (uncredited)

Directed by
Paddy Considine 
 
Writing credits
Paddy Considine (written by)

Produced by
Suzanne Alizart .... executive producer
Katherine Butler .... executive producer
Peter Carlton .... executive producer
Will Clarke .... executive producer
Hugo Heppell .... executive producer
Mark Herbert .... executive producer
Sarada McDermott .... line producer
Diarmid Scrimshaw .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dan Baker 
Chris Baldwin 
 
Cinematography by
Erik Wilson (director of photography) (as Erik Alexander Wilson)
 
Film Editing by
Pia Di Ciaula 
 
Casting by
Des Hamilton 
 
Production Design by
Simon Rogers 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Ranner 
 
Set Decoration by
Laura Marsh 
 
Costume Design by
Lance Milligan 
 
Makeup Department
Rebecca Kempton .... hair stylist (as Becky Kempton)
Rebecca Kempton .... makeup artist (as Becky Kempton)
Nadia Stacey .... Make-up & Hair Designer
 
Production Management
Tracey Josephs .... head of production: Film4
Fiona Lamptey .... production manager: Film4
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Mike Morrison .... post-production supervisor
Jason Nightingale .... unit manager
Barry Ryan .... head of production: Warp X
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laura Hulmes .... second assistant director (as Laura Coggan)
Ryan Kitto .... trainee assistant director
Gemma Nunn .... third assistant director
Dan Winch .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Oliver Benson .... art department trainee
Adam Betts .... stand-by prop hand
Michael Betts .... property master
Vanessa Blackburn .... art department trainee
Elizabeth Bromby .... art department trainee
Lizzy Butler .... art department trainee
Lucy Gardetto .... stand-by props
Alan Marshall .... prosthetic model maker
Peter E. Millar .... stand-by prop hand (as Peter Millar)
James O'Brien .... stand-by prop hand
Richard O'Brien .... props hand
Susan Ross .... scenic artist
Kiera Tudway .... art director: additional photography
Tina Charad .... visual research (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Phillip Barrett .... foley recordist
Penny Chettle .... audio post creative director: Spool (as Penny Linfield)
David Gerard .... assistant dialogue editor
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Gideon Jensen .... sound maintenance
Mary Kearns .... audio post coordinator
Greg Marshall .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Pennington .... dialogue editor
Billy Quinn .... production sound mixer: additional photography
Chris Sheedy .... sound recordist
Richard Smith .... foley editor
Ben Squires .... sound designer
Simon Trundle .... foley recordist
Ian Waggott .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Jörundur Rafn Arnarson .... compositor (as Jorundur Arnarson)
Jörundur Rafn Arnarson .... visual effects production assistant: Framestore (as Jorundur Arnarson)
Valdimar Baldvinsson .... assistant technical director: Framestore
Dadi Einarsson .... cg supervisor: Framestore
Aevar Gudmundsson .... cg supervisor: Framestore
Aron Hjartarson .... compositor: Framestore
Linda Hronn Kristjansdottir .... animator: Framestore (as Linda Krisjánsdóttir)
Rob Pizzey .... digital colourist
Arnþruður Dögg Sigurðardóttir .... visual effects producer: Framestore
Simon Whalley .... visual effects executive producer: Framestore
 
Stunts
Renny Krupinski .... fight coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Backhouse .... daily electrician
Borja Berrosteguieta .... camera assistant
Richard Carlton .... still photographer: second unit
Owen Charnley .... grip
Jack English .... still photographer
Ric Hallworth .... electrician (as Richard Hallworth)
Ian Jackson .... daily electrician
Alex Lockett .... digital assistant: stills
Andy Lowe .... gaffer
Lee Martin .... rigging gaffer
Paul Maryan .... daily electrician
John McDermott .... daily grip
Daniel Moger .... grip (as Dan Moger)
Richard Philpott .... daily camera operator
Iwan Prys Reynolds .... focus puller
Vishal Sharma .... photographer: wedding stills
Adam Shell .... data wrangler support
Amy Somers .... camera trainee
Ross Sterling .... stills assistant
Marc Tempest .... daily grip (as Mark Tempest)
Matt Wright .... camera assistant: additional photography (as Matthew Wright)
Matt Wright .... data wrangler (as Matthew Wright)
 
Casting Department
Lara Manwaring .... assistant casting director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rose Love .... costume trainee
Hayley Neil .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Fiorenza Bagnariol .... digital film bureau
Rob Farris .... digital intermediate producer
Marie Fernandes .... digital intermediate producer
Richard Giles .... digital on-line editor
Toby Glover .... supervising on-line editor
Dan Helme .... digital intermediate data wrangler
Richard Hodgson .... avid technical support: XS Hire
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau
Rahat Kulshreshtha .... post-production assistant
Patrick Malone .... digital intermediate head of department
Supriya Naidu-James .... first assistant editor
Russell Noon .... post-production assistant
John Palmer .... digital film bureau manager
Rob Pizzey .... digital colorist
Gordon Pratt .... digital film bureau
Aurora Shannon .... digital intermediate assistant
Laurent Treherne .... digital film technical supervisor
Emily Greenwood .... senior digital film editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Danny Gulliver .... location manager
Billy Pegg .... location scout (as Graham Billy Pegg)
Dan Connolly .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Boughtwood .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Alan Evans .... unit driver
Alex Moreshall .... unit vehicles
Niall Shomka .... unit vehicles
 
Other crew
Bukola Abiodun .... production assistant (as Olubukola Abiodun)
Emily Anderton .... production executive: UK Film Council
Geraldine Atlee .... senior business affairs executive: UK Film Council
Nicky Ball .... crew & freelance development manager: Screen Yorkshire
Robyn Barresi .... daily runner (as Robyn Henderson)
Charles Bates .... production accountant
Nancy Bray .... assistant production coordinator
Mary Brehony .... legal services: EM Media
Vito Bruno .... floor runner
Chris Buckley .... production assistant
Victoria Catton .... company secretary: Inflammable
Matt Clarke .... title designer: Framestore
Leonard Crooks .... head of New Cinema Fund: UK Film Council (as Lenny Crooks)
Christabelle Dilks .... post-production script
Mark Durkin .... head of finance: EM Media
Zoe Flower .... unit publicist: EM Foundation
Steve Fox .... unit medic
Lizzie Francke .... senior production executive: UK Film Council
Sam Gregory .... title designer: FRamestore
Robin Gutch .... managing director: Warp X
Emma Helliwell .... production assistant: additional photography
Fran Helstrip .... security: unit base
Emma Hewitt .... public relations and marketing executive: EM Media
Dave Holloway .... epk
Chris Hordley .... production liaison manager: Screen Yorkshire
Mark Hudson .... security: unit base
Tommy Husband .... production assistant
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
David Johnstone .... insurance services: Media Insurance Brokers
Gareth Jones .... post-production accountant
Jen Kenwood .... development executive: Warp X
Emily Lappin .... head of communications: EM Media
Louise Long .... business affairs: Film4
Alex Marshall .... head of business and commercial affairs: Warp X
Samantha Milnes .... production coordinator
Stephen Murphy .... head of legal: Optimum Releasing
Keeley Naylor .... unit publicist: EM Foundation
Tony O'Reilly .... production assistant: additional photography
Danny Perkins .... chief executive officer: Optimum Releasing
Angie Pontefract .... script supervisor
Amanda Pyne .... production finance: UK Film Council
Jim Richardson .... head of production support: Film4
Barry Ryan .... head of production: Warp X
Niall Shamma .... finance director: Warp X
Sue Bruce Smith .... head of commercial development: Film4 (as Sue Bruce-Smith)
David Stewart .... animal handler: Creature Feature
 
Thanks
Anna Duffield .... special thanks
Conor McCaughan .... special thanks
Gary Oldman .... special thanks
 

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92 min
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Trivia:
In the early bar scene where Joseph is sitting alone talking to himself, the voice off screen saying, "Are you all right, Joseph?" belongs to director Paddy Considine, who said he was so taken in by Peter Mullan's performance that the question was totally spontaneous.See more »
Quotes:
Hannah:I feel safe with you.
Joseph:Nobody's safe with me.
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Movie Connections:
References Jurassic Park (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sing All Our Cares AwaySee more »

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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Violent, bleak, transformational brilliance, 19 December 2011
Author: The_Frase from United Kingdom

Paddy Considine's directorial debut has been a widely anticipated event. With his excellent performances throughout his British cinematic career, most notably his work with Shane Meadows, a dark, churning piece of cinema was what we have been expecting.

We have not been let down. Tyrannosaur is as gritty as it is gripping. The setting in a Northern industrial, working class community – the estates of Leeds, creates the imprisoned physical environment for Joseph (Peter Mullen) an alcoholic, self-loathing widower who meets a Christian charity worker (Olivia Coleman) and we are drawn into their troublesome worlds.

The films workings of violence and desperation draws another influence to my mind, which is Gary Oldman's directorial debut 'Nil by Mouth'. Both are lavished in gritty, deglamorised violence. Both have a tendency to stare the darkness in the eye, unlike some audience members (including myself) that will have an undeniable urge to look away. It's a representation of life on the underside, where it often is difficult, dark, testing and sometimes evil in its twists of fate.

The film has a strong link to animalistic representations, an element to which instantly brought Andrea Arnolds award winning short film 'Dog' to mind. The idea of trapped animals and the capabilities of those pushed too far is a powerful and dominating theme.

Needless to say the challenging viewing nature of this film forms the base of its appeal. Its unflinching and unapologetic brutality could be deemed too prosaic for the majority of mainstream cinema goers. You will need to be ready for the challenge to fully take in and be moved by the film, it's not one to watch on a Sunday morning, put it that way.

The direction and acting are the notables in this production. Most notably Olivia Coleman, whose supporting role threatens to overshadow that of Mullen's, if it wasn't for his own exceptional performance. Mullen portrays Joseph in such a way that despite his loathsome qualities he remains human and even relatable, at times when other characters don't.

But it is Coleman's character and performance that really underpins and illuminates the rest of the feature. Her character is an almost polarised opposite in comparison with Joseph however as the plot turns we are exposed to an array of character transformations. It is these that actually help support the minimalistic plot which allows us to focus and be consumed by these iridescent performances.

Considine has excelled himself in his writing and direction, with very few criticisms that could be levelled at each, other than those looking to nit-pick. Whilst somewhat preoccupied with the grim and depressive side of the characters, the film triumphs as it chase's the ray of light at the end of the tunnel. For all its depressing and challenging nature it mirrors the lives it portrays and the personal struggles of the characters, as they keep pushing and fighting. An excellent first feature from Considine and I personally cannot wait for his next offering.

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