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Set in North London, 'Still' is a gritty and atmospheric thriller about the violent disintegration of a man and father. Tom Carver (Aidan Gillen) is a man stumbling blindly towards a crossroad in his life, thrown out of focus by the death of his teenage son a year earlier. He becomes involved in a feud with a teenage gang after a seemingly harmless collision with a young kid. As the feud becomes more horrifying, Carver's world starts to unravel forcing him to make decisions that will change his life forever. Written by
The story and execution of this film has an undeniable sense of reality. Based in London, a city which was recently plagued by young offenders, looting in their masses and destroying the lives of many, striking fear into all its residents - this film couldn't have been better timed.
It is shockingly accurate; from the characters and the cast, right down to the script, illustrating a very dark and unfortunate scenario we all hope to steer clear of. The level of empathy you adopt is in the goose-bump and tears range as you are faced with the reality of the protagonist's, (Tom Carver, played by the very talented Aidan Gillen), extremely unpleasant chapter in his life, and those in the direct line of fire.
Brilliant performance from the leading cast: Aidan Gillen, Amanda Mealing, Jonathan Slinger, Elodie Yung and Sonny Green, each totally encompassing their roles as real individuals with real problems and presented in stunning cinematography which gets increasingly personal as the film moves towards its unforgettable climax, evoking a very close relationship with all of the characters.
Simon Blake had a very clear vision, equipped with a well developed script, which he's finessed into a highly celebrated first feature in the British Independent Thriller category.
Prepare for a harrowing journey as you step into the life of Tom Carver.
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