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Shell (2012)

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.

Director:

Scott Graham

Writer:

Scott Graham
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chloe Pirrie ... Shell
Michael Smiley ... Hugh
Joseph Mawle ... Pete
Iain De Caestecker ... Adam
Paul Thomas Hickey Paul Thomas Hickey ... Robert (as Paul Hickey)
Kate Dickie ... Claire
Morven Christie ... Young Mother
Milla Gibson Milla Gibson ... Daughter
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Trucker
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Шелл See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although set at a remote gas station, the title does not refer to the petrol company but to adolescent lead. See more »

Quotes

Shell: Adam works at the sawmill.
Pete: Aye, you said.
Pete: Yeah, there was a break-in on Friday night.
Shell: Oh. What did they steal?
Adam: Five chain saws, brand new.
Pete: They know who did it?
Adam: They think I did it. They never said but they phoned the house on Saturday morning and told me not to come back in. They've never had anything go missing before so it's...
Shell: That's a shame.
Adam: Yeah, I know I can get my job back at the pub if I want, but I'm thinking about starting up something for myself. A bit like your setup here Pete, I ...
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Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Walk of Life
Performed by Dire Straits
Courtesy of Mercury UK
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
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A sense of isolation
13 September 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Shell has wonderful shots of the sparse desolate landscapes of the remote communities in the highlands of Scotland.

Shell is also a film of few words but it comes across as drab and isolated as its setting.

Shell (Chloe Pirrie) is a teenager on the cusp of womanhood working at her dad's petrol station. It is a place frequented by locals and long distance lorry drivers. Her epileptic father Pete (Joseph Mawle) spends time scrapping cars in the garage attached to the petrol station. He has been looking after Shell since his wife abandoned them both many years ago.

Both are locked in and need each other. Pete realises that it is unhealthy for Shell to stay with him. There is little in these parts of the highlands that has something to offer Shell apart from lonely divorced men and frisky teenagers.

There is no narrative here, Shell provides warmth to those who visit. Her father remains distant, as he knows this is what life is like here. Always has been and always will be, he decides to take matters in his own hands to force a change.

There has been several dramas made in the past such as this set in remote communities. I am thinking of Morgan's Boy from 1984 set in a Welsh hill farm which went for a bleak ending but at least it had more drama.


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