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THE SURVIVALIST

by Stephen Fingleton

synopsis

Food has been scarce since the earth’s oil resources ran out, and everybody is left fighting for survival. A young man lives alone in a forest hut on a remote plot of land where with ever-present danger, he patrols his garden, gun in hand. His lonely existence is thrown off balance when two strangers, Kathryn and her teenage daughter Milja, arrive one day at his door. They beg for food and lodgings in exchange for sex. After reaching an understanding, the three dissimilar characters manage to live their lives together under one roof. However, in a world where even the slightest mistake may lead to death, distrust remains a constant and justifiable companion. Northern Irish filmmaker Stephen Fingleton’s debut film The Survivalist delivers a captivating end-of-the-world drama while simultaneously proving that skilful character depiction and existentialistic tension relies less on dialogue and more on an atmospheric setting and chemistry between performers.

international title: The Survivalist
original title: The Survivalist
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: K5 International Ltd
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Stephen Fingleton
film run: 104'
screenplay: Stephen Fingleton
cast: Martin McCann
cinematography by: Damien Elliott
film editing: Mark Towns
art director: John Leslie
costumes designer: Susan Scott
production: thefyzz

main awards/selection

Belfast Film Festival 2015 
Zurich Film Festival 2015 
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