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The Wasting (2017)

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A teenager in an English town struggles to come of age, braving sexual awakening and fighting her controlling parents by refusing to eat...until a nightmarish ghost appears that may be real... See full summary »


Carolyn Saunders
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Alexz Johnson ... Grace
Shelagh McLeod ... Valerie
Gray O'Brien ... Ilyas
Lauren McQueen ... Sophie
Brendan Flynn ... Kai
Anna Treasure ... Virginia
Maisy Nixon Maisy Nixon ... Little Girl
Sean Saunders Stevenson Sean Saunders Stevenson ... Liam
Jacqueline McMillan Jacqueline McMillan ... Dr. Hiddleston
Jon Wynch Jon Wynch ... Paramedic
Shabana Smith Shabana Smith ... Shabana
Catriona McDonald Catriona McDonald ... Philippa
Peter Sacco Peter Sacco ... Dr. Barlas
Brian Cairns Brian Cairns ... Liam's Grandpa
Matt Roberts Matt Roberts ... Paramedic


A teenager in an English town struggles to come of age, braving sexual awakening and fighting her controlling parents by refusing to eat...until a nightmarish ghost appears that may be real, or may be a deadly creation of her starving body.

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Sexual awakening, anorexia and a nightmare of a ghost See more »


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Wasted believing
25 September 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The idea sounded very interesting and creative, so there was enough to make one want to see it. The cover looked quite eerie. So saw 'The Wasting' with genuine interest and wanting to at least sort of like it even if it had many problems.

Seeing it, well 'The Wasting' certainly did have many problems and it is pretty much exactly the same feelings had when watching a few other films recently, except this had better acting. The bad news was that there was not an awful lot good, let alone great, about it, so it was difficult for me to sort of like it, the little that's good being far overshadowed by the bad. Having prepared myself to do that, that was disappointing. Not a terrible film or without redeeming qualities, and there is far worse out there of the genre and overall. Liked the concept for 'The Wasting', the execution was just wanting.

'The Wasting' at least didn't insult my intelligence. It at least didn't make me angry watching it. Despite giving it a relatively low score and negative review, it even didn't make me regret watching it altogether.

It started off quite promisingly in an unsettling sort of way and the film didn't look too bad considering the type of film it was, not high art which wasn't expected but not amateurish as was feared.

Setting was quite spooky at times as was the lighting and while the acting was not the greatest the actors came over as committed.

Unfortunately, 'The Wasting' did lack tension and suspense and the infrequent creepiness was never that eerie and rather obvious. The script is stilted and very repetitive while the direction tends to be static and pedestrian

Was let down by the story. Conceptually interesting and wasn't too bad starting, at least too there actually was one, but the dull pace, due to some very uneventful stretches in particularly the middle, and the muddled way it was structured, meaning things didn't make sense, cheapened things. The characters are flimsily developed and bland even though the actors do their best. It can feel vague and while nothing is intelligence insulting there is both ridiculousness and trying to take it too seriously.

Overall, lacklustre but not a complete waste of a great idea. 4/10 Bethany Cox

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