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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE NARRATIVE

THE SURVIVALIST

TFF 2015 Directed by Stephen Fingleton
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE THE SURVIVALIST [TFF 2015]
In this organic post-apocalyptic drama, first-time filmmaker Stephen Fingleton's main character, known merely as the Survivalist, struggles for his existence on a makeshift farm. He lives in isolation and guards his crops closely, fearing marauding gangs. When Kathryn and her daughter Milja wander into his life looking for food and shelter his carefully ordered world is upset. As the three of them start their restless co-existence, suspicion and dependence intertwine and allegiances shift from day to day. Self-preservation takes on a new meaning as each new mouth stretches the capacity of the farm, and the masked raiders are never too far off.

Fingleton deftly navigates the conventions of the genre by keeping the focus on the farm and its surrounding areas, and so, relies on emotions over special effects. The pared down aesthetic and simplicity of the setting provides an authentic backdrop to this taut drama. By presenting more questions than answers, The Survivalist is a gripping exploration of our most primal instinct—survival at any cost.

—Jule Rozite
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Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction
In this organic post-apocalyptic drama, first-time filmmaker Stephen Fingleton's main character, known merely as the Survivalist, struggles for his existence on a makeshift farm. He lives in isolation and guards his crops closely, fearing marauding gangs. When Kathryn and her daughter Milja wander into his life looking for food and shelter his carefully ordered world is upset. As the three of them start their restless co-existence, suspicion and dependence intertwine and allegiances shift from day to day. Self-preservation takes on a new meaning as each new mouth stretches the capacity of the farm, and the masked raiders are never too far off.

Fingleton deftly navigates the conventions of the genre by keeping the focus on the farm and its surrounding areas, and so, relies on emotions over special effects. The pared down aesthetic and simplicity of the setting provides an authentic backdrop to this taut drama. By presenting more questions than answers, The Survivalist is a gripping exploration of our most primal instinct—survival at any cost.

—Jule Rozite
Film Information
Year: 2015
Length: 109 minutes
Language: English
Country: U.K., Northern Ireland
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Stephen Fingleton
Screenwriter: Stephen Fingleton
Producer: Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, David Gilbery
Editor: Mark Towns
Cinematographer: Damien Elliott
Executive Producer: Simon Lewis, Arnaud Lannic, Christophe Lannic, Nick Quested, Daniel Baur, Oliver Simon, Natascha Wharton, Andrew Reid
Cast: Martin McCann, Mia Goth, Olwen Fouéré
Contacts

Print Source
Margaret Lewis
Goldcrest Post
New York, 10014
Phone: 212 897 3966
mlewis@goldcrestfilms.com

International Sales Contact
Carl Clifton
K5 International Limited
Munich, 81543
Phone: 893 750 5590
carl@k5mediagroup.com

Press Contact
Susan Norget
Susan Norget Film Promotion
New York City, NY 10013
Phone: 212 431 0090
susan@norget.com

US Sales Contact
John Sloss
Cinetic
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 204 7979
sales@cineticmedia.com

Special Note
About the Director(s)
Northern Irish writer-director Stephen Fingleton’s short SLR was shortlisted for an Oscar®. His screenplay for his feature debut, The Survivalist, was voted onto Hollywood’s Black List and topped the UK Brit List for the year’s best unproduced scripts.

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