The Levelling

Hope Dickson Leach

IFFR 2017

Bright Future

  • 83'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2016
Suicide? No, his son’s death was just an accident. This is what rugged farmer Aubrey maintains to his daughter, Clover, who has returned to her parents’ farm for the funeral. She is having none of it (“You don’t stick the barrel of a gun in your mouth by accident”) – but neither can she comprehend what made her brother so unhappy.
A decaying farm somewhere in the grey English countryside: in Hope Dickson Leach’s hands, a desolate place where there is always a bottle of whisky in the cupboard and talking is a dirty word. A good backdrop to the psychological warfare carried on by father and daughter, without a lot of dialogue. Every nervous shiver in Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones), the harsh set of David Troughton’s mouth – Leach records it all, faultlessly. Each scene brings us closer to both parties, and to understanding the suicide. In the meantime, the milking carries on.
Director
Hope Dickson Leach
Country of production
United Kingdom
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
83'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Rachel Robey
Production Company
Wellington Films Limited
Sales
Mongrel International
Screenplay
Hope Dickson Leach
Cinematography
Nanu Segal
Editor
Tom Hemmings
Production Design
Sarah Finlay
Sound Design
Ben Baird
Music
Hutch Demouilpied
Cast
Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden, Joe Blakemore