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The Survivalist (2015)

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In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he finds his existence threatened.


Stephen Fingleton
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Mia Goth ... Milja
Olwen Fouéré ... Kathryn (as Olwen Fouere)
Martin McCann ... Survivalist
Barry Ward ... Forager
Andrew Simpson ... Gaunt Man
Douglas Russell ... The Snatcher
Ryan McParland ... Crossbow Raider
Michael Og Lane Michael Og Lane ... Raider
Kieri Kennedy ... The woman in the photograph
Ciaran Flynn Ciaran Flynn ... Watchman
Hussina Raja Hussina Raja ... Watchwoman
Sean Doupe Sean Doupe ... Raider
Logan Kerr Logan Kerr ... Raider
Aran Downey Aran Downey ... Raider
Dexter Louca Godfrey Dexter Louca Godfrey ... Settlement Child


In a kill-or-be-killed world where starvation is rife and strangers are always dangerous, The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits. When a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his forest refuge, his loneliness drives him to overcome his suspicion and strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board. But as desire becomes stronger than necessity, the exchange becomes an uneasy, ongoing arrangement which threatens not only his carefully constructed world but also his life. Written by Bulldog Distribution Limited

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

12 February 2016 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Was filmed in Antrim, Northern Ireland See more »


Around 36 min into the film 'the survivalist', Milja and Kathryn are working in the garden. While filming Kathryn you can see clearly a (young) woman walking in the take wearing a red coat. See more »


[first lines]
Kathryn: [appearing outside his shack] My name is Kathryn. And this is my daughter Milja. Would you be able to spare some of your crop?
Survivalist: [no]
Kathryn: We can offer something in exchange.
[shows seeds]
Kathryn: A real treasure, then. We have legumes, rusticas, strong varieties. These could boost your yield.
[tosses over a package of seeds]
Kathryn: Surely you can spare something. There's more than enough.
Survivalist: That's what they all thought.
Kathryn: Well, then perhaps... Perhaps, we could stay the night.
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A visually stunning and harrowing futuristic thriller
18 April 2015 | by michaelblehrmanSee all my reviews

Haunting post apocalyptic tale. Sublimely acted, directed, and photographed. May not be for everyone, but a must for anyone who loves film and is bored of the spate of fantasy and YA dystopian dramas that are all too prevalent. This movie can be seen as both a futuristic nightmare and as a cautionary tale about our wasting of our resources and the dangers that loom. Martin McCann provides the heart and soul of the film in the title role and he is certainly destined for stardom. All the performances are brave and gut wrenching. Given the darkness of the film and its graphic visuals I am not sure if this film can find a wide audience but it is guaranteed to become a festival favorite and cult success.

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