Sunday, 14 February 2016

The Survivalist Review

The Survivalist is getting released in key cities and On Demand around the UK this weekend. I was lucky enough to see this post-apocalyptic drama at the 2015 London Film Festival. My review is up at Starburst Magazine. Here's a little taster:

Opening with a simple red line that charts the exponential population growth that occurred around the time oil production began, The Survivalist offers a bleak new world after the collapse of civilisation when the population has plummeted back down to sustainable levels again. We don't get to see much of what this post-apocalyptic future is like, but we see enough to learn that human nature hasn't changed a bit since the dawn of man.

Martin McCann plays an isolated loner who has settled in the woods and is scraping a living by setting traps to catch anyone who comes near his tiny farm. Here he is growing enough food to survive, and burning pages of the bible to keep his bare hut warm. With no dialogue for a decent chunk of the film, the titular protagonist goes through his daily rituals, concentrating only on the basics of life; warmth, keeping clean and making food. It is only when a starving mother and daughter arrive and ask for food that his solitary existence is shattered.

Stephen Fingleton won Best Debut Director at the British Independent Film Awards in 2015 for this so go give it a shot!

Here's the trailer: