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A Lonely Place to Die (2011)

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A group of mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands discover a kidnapped girl and are pursued by her captors.


Julian Gilbey


Julian Gilbey, Will Gilbey (as William Gilbey)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Newman ... Rob
Ed Speleers ... Ed
Melissa George ... Alison
Kate Magowan ... Jenny
Garry Sweeney ... Alex
Holly Boyd ... Anna
Douglas Russell ... Hunter 1
Alan Steele ... Hunter 2
Sean Harris ... Mr. Kidd
Stephen McCole ... Mr. Mcrae
Karel Roden ... Darko
Eamonn Walker ... Andy
Paul Anderson ... Chris
Eric Barlow Eric Barlow ... Sergeant Gray
Jamie Edgell Jamie Edgell ... House Owner


A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness. They become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as they try to get the girl to safety. Written by Carnaby International

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Out there, there's nowhere to hide

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some strong violence | See all certifications »

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English | Serbian

Release Date:

2 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lonely Place to Die - Todesfalle Highlands See more »

Filming Locations:

Essex, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$176,801 (United Kingdom), 9 September 2011, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While scouting locations for the film, the Gilbey brothers used head cameras while climbing and exploring various locations. These videos appear in the end credits of the film to look like "home movies" of the films climbing group. See more »


When Alison starts throwing items at the intruder, the number of knives shown on the wall change from 5 to 3 and back to 5. See more »


Mr. Kidd: [to someone dying of gunshot wounds] You feel that? That's the price of your nobility... hurts doesn't it?
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Crazy Credits

Over the credits home made footage shows Alison's party in previous climbing adventures See more »


Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 6 September 2011 (2011) See more »


By Yon Castle Wa'
written by Heather Heywood
Arranged and Performed by Sophie Ramsay
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"Consistently engrossing thriller..."
19 September 2012 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

British screenwriter, film editor and director Julian Gilbey's fourth feature film which he co-wrote with British film editor and screenwriter William Gilbey after his screenplay "A Long Weekend", had it's world premiere at the second ActionFest Film Festival in Ashville, North Carolina, USA in 2011 and was screened at the 6th Toronto After Dark Film Festival in 2011. It was shot entirely on locations in the Scottish Highlands in Northern Scotland and is a UK production which was produced by producer Michael Loveday. It tells the story about climbers Alison, Ed and Rob who arrives at a cottage in the highlands of Scotland where the married couple Alex and Jenny has been awaiting them. The five climbers gear up and set out on a climbing trip the following day, but on their way they hear a human voice screaming, discovers that the voice is coming from an air pipe and finds an adolescent east-European girl named Anna caught in a coffin under the earth's surface.

Finely and engagingly directed by British filmmaker Julian Gilbey, this fast-paced fictional tale draws a riveting portrayal of a group of climbers struggle to survive and save the life of a young girl after realizing that they are being hunted by some crazy kidnappers. While notable for its naturalistic rural milieu depictions, the fine cinematography by Syrian cinematographer Ali Asad, editing by Julian Gilbey and his brother William Gilbey and use of sound, this character-driven, plot-driven and somewhat violent action film contains a good score by English composer Michael Richard Plowman.

This forebodingly atmospheric crime story which is set against the backdrop of the majestic Scottish highlands, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, multiple viewpoints and the fine acting performances by Australian actress Melissa George, Czech actor Karel Roden and English actor Sean Harris. A consistently engrossing thriller which gained, among other awards, the Fans Choice Award for Best Action Film, Best Cinematography Ali Asad and Most Thrilling Film at the 6th Toronto After Dark Film Festival in 2011.

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