Twisted grief and paranoia run through the veins of this gritty Scottish thriller.
Dir. Rodger Griffiths / United Kingdom / 2023 / English
A hunting trip turns deadly when three brothers (Daniel Portman, Calum Ross and Brian Vernel) plot to take out their temperamental, abusive father (Paul Higgins). Determined to end the cycle of abuse that has already claimed their mother, the boys bury him in the forest. But returning later to the shallow grave, there is a problem. The body is not there. The darkest of takes on the daddy issues drama, Rodger Griffiths’ debut feature coaxes star-making performances from an exceptional cast of Scottish talent. Building a deeply claustrophobic tone, from the dense forest landscape, to the brothers’ emotionally damaged inner worlds, Griffiths blends a thoughtful exploration of generational trauma and toxic masculinity with the grit of classic thrillers.
Anna Bogutskaya, Film and Talks Programmer
Director Rodger Griffiths will be at the festival to present his film, alongside stars Paul Higgins, Daniel Portman, Calum Ross, Anita Vettesse and Brian Vernel.
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Director: Rodger Griffiths
Rodger Griffiths is a graduate of Digital Film and TV (BA Hons) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has an MA in Screenwriting from Screen Academy Scotland. His short film directing credits include Peter’s Room, which screened at Edinburgh Short Film Festival; Wiped, which screened at Rome Independent Film Festival, and Drinkypoos, which was shortlisted in the Scottish Students on Screen Award. His proof of concept short, Take the Shot, previously screened Edinburgh International Film Festival. Kill is his debut feature film.
Writers: Rob Drummond, Rodger Griffiths
Producers: Lee Brazier, Claire Mundell
Cast: Paul Higgins, Daniel Portman, Calum Ross, Brian Vernel
Sales Agent: CAA Media Finance ([email protected])
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Photo: Calum Ross, Paul Higgins, Brian Vernel and Daniel Portman in KIll
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