The story of Shell, a girl who lives with her father Pete in a remote gas station in the Scottish Highlands, in their struggle against the elements and the impossible love they feel during the last winter that she will be in that place.

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Shell is a roadside movie about a teenage girl who has grown up in a remote petrol station in the Scottish Highlands. Abandoned by her mother when she was a child Shell has stayed to take ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Graham
Stars: Lorna Craig, Paul Higgins, Alexander Morton
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The story of Shell, a girl who lives with her father Pete in a remote gas station in the Scottish Highlands, in their struggle against the elements and the impossible love they feel during the last winter that she will be in that place. The Scottish Scott Graham in the feature film debut with an adaptation of his short Shell, winner of the London Short Film Festival. His next short film, Native Son, was released in the Critics' Week in Cannes in 2010. Written by Sddq.Shahid

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A purpose-built garage was built on the shores of Little Loch Broom near the Scottish Highlands town of Ullapool. See more »

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Pete: I thought you've left me.
Shell: Did you?
Pete: We've been happy here, haven't we?
Shell: Hmm.
Pete: I still love you.
Shell: I love you too.
Pete: I need you to stay.
Shell: I know.
Pete: Shell needs you too.
Shell: I'm not going anywhere.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »

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Walk of Life
Performed by Dire Straits
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV licensing
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The north end of anywhere
16 November 2014 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

There are still places in the far north west of Scotland where you can drive for miles and scarcely see a house, with vast uninhabited moors between the roads, but for the most part, life in these parts is a story of small, remote communities that are communities nonetheless. Scott Graham's film takes us to lonelier place, however, the story of a young woman living an unhealthily close life with her needy, epileptic father: this might not be a normal life even in the highlands, but this a certainly a place where the daily practice of separation from others could lead to emotional isolation. The film follows the maxim of "show don't tell", which is often a good one; but here we only see a bleak portrait of empty lives, with exemplary incidents but little narrative: it's almost impossible to judge anyone as "good", "bad", or even "likeable" this far outside the normal physical and moral terrain. It's not an awful film, but a dash of something - humour, plot, malice - would not have gone amiss.


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