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Iona (2015)

Iona takes her teenage son to the holy island where she was born so they can hide from a violent crime. As her son seeks forgiveness for what he has done Iona comes to terms with her loss of faith.

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Scott Graham

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Scott Graham
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Credited cast:
Ruth Negga ... Iona
Douglas Henshall ... Daniel
Tom Brooke ... Matthew
Michelle Duncan ... Elizabeth
Ben Gallagher Ben Gallagher ... Bull (Billy)
Sorcha Groundsell ... Sarah
Christine Steele Christine Steele ... Young Reader
Matthew Zajac ... Detective
Jim Sturgeon ... Stephen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Moffatt David Moffatt ... Dance Partner / Villager
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Iona takes her teenage son to the holy island where she was born so they can hide from a violent crime. As her son seeks forgiveness for what he has done Iona comes to terms with her loss of faith.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

25 March 2016 (UK) See more »

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£1,000,000 (estimated)
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color
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Here I Am To Worship (Light Of The World)
Written by Tim Hughes
Capitol CMG Publishing
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An austere tale
24 April 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Writer and director Scott Graham has made a glum, ponderous film which has few words and little plot. Some of the shots of the island of Iona are beautiful to look at but really this film is a waste of time.

Iona is a small island in the Inner Hebrides. It is a place of natural beauty with a strong religious and farming community. Returning to the island after some years away is Ruth Negga also called Iona with her teenage son Billy (Ben Gallagher) also called Bull. Iona is escaping an aggressive situation that led Bull to commit a violent act.

Iona's arrival dredges up a complicated past involving her kind of adopted father who also used to be her lover Daniel (Douglas Henshall) and his daughter Elisabeth (Michelle Duncan) who used to be best pals with Iona. Bull gets friendly with Iona's disabled daughter and is also attracted to the tight religious community that Iona once found suffocating.

Having myself been brought up in a small island community I can sense what Graham might had been aiming for but it was all so pensive and dull. I liked Negga's performance and there is a nice Celidh sequence with music and dancing.


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