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Bypass (2014)

Tim is a good kid. Tim is a criminal.

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Duane Hopkins

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Duane Hopkins
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Cast

Credited cast:
George MacKay ... Tim
Ben Dilloway ... Greg (as Benjamin Dilloway)
Charlotte Spencer ... Lilly
Donald Sumpter ... Grandfather
Matt Cross Matt Cross ... Lester
Anton Saunders ... Fence
Lara Peake ... Helen
Arabella Arnott Arabella Arnott ... Mum
Chanel Cresswell ... Emily
Barry Ward ... New Supplier
Nicola Stapleton ... Samantha - Post Office Cashier
Andre Squire Andre Squire ... Gang
Adam Astill ... Hospital Doctor
Jason Bytheway Jason Bytheway ... Bailiff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Billingham Alan Billingham ... Hospital Patient
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Tim is a good kid. Tim is a criminal.

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English

Release Date:

26 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Director Duane Hopkins started work on this film while making his first feature film Better Things. The starting point was the question 'Is morality a luxury?'. See more »

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A reflection of modern Britain
29 June 2015 | by thanksforthemessageSee all my reviews

'A Britain within a Britain' - Bypass is a film that captures the life of those in a post-industrial world. Where Thatcher's legacy is the choice between going hungry or sleeping in a cold room.

I found this film to be a breath of fresh air and a step down a path British cinema hasn't delved for far too long. Portrayals of the working class have become a rarity and austerity has become the norm. To find a film that isn't another form of escapism but has the bravery to point the camera at our own lives should be applauded.

Third Films always reward those that delve deeper into their work, and Bypass is no exception, it is rife with metaphors and solemn themes that act as the undercurrent within the film, adding gravity to the choices Tim must make.

The narrative picks up a swift pace, coupled with the striking cinematography of David Procter, I found myself being pulled through some intense scenes, especially when Tim's illness (a reflection of the world he lives in) begins to take hold. Each pause from the action only adds to the weight on Tim's shoulders which builds and builds to a climactic finish.

George Mackay delivers a performance that makes it hard not to sympathise with Tim's plight, making it hit home that Bypass' setting isn't diegetic, but a place many of us live in.


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