The Girl with All the Gifts

Colm McCarthy

IFFR 2017

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  • 110'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2016
Years ago, the world was hit by a zombie epidemic. Since then, Melanie and her classmates have lived in captivity on a British military base. The children are hybrid beings – half human and half 'hungry', as the zombies are called – and they are used as guinea pigs to develop a vaccine. The scientist Caroline Caldwell (a great role by Glenn Close) sacrifices her patients one by one.
Until the base is flooded with 'hungries' and the mordacious Melanie manages to flee with a group of soldiers, the evil Caldwell and her teacher, the sympathetic Helen Justineau. The group travels to a weed-infested London, where moral dilemmas emerge. The result is a bloody zombie thriller with stunning sound effects and probing camerawork. At the end, the film turns into a coming-of-age drama when Melanie – convincingly played by the very young Sennia Nanua – proves that she really is a girl with gifts.
Director
Colm McCarthy
Country of production
United Kingdom
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
110'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Camille Gatin, Angus Lamont, Will Clarke
Production Company
Poison Chef
Sales
Altitude Film Sales
Screenplay
based on a novel by Mike Carey, Mike Carey
Cinematography
Simon Dennis
Editor
Matthew Cannings
Production Design
Kristian Milsted
Sound Design
Dillon Bennett
Music
Cristobal Tapia de Veer
Cast
Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua, Dominique Tipper, Anamaria Marinca