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The Survivalist

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United Kingdom · 2015
1h 44m
Director Stephen Fingleton
Starring Mia Goth, Martin McCann, Olwen Fouéré, Barry Ward
Genre Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller

In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in the forest, avoiding all human contact in order to protect his resources. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he finds his isolated existence threatened.

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Time Out London by

The cautious chemistry between the three characters means the atmosphere is never less than taut, and it provides the perfect launchpad for a tense, poignant finale that marks Fingleton out as a name to watch.


Village Voice by Craig D. Lindsey

Directed with a muted tone but a scenic eye by Brit first-timer Stephen Fingleton, The Survivalist, like most postapocalyptic movies, is both dire and oddly poetic.


The A.V. Club by Katie Rife

The Survivalist rewards with thoughtful cinematography — one fluid shot that effectively shifts the balance of power in a scene is especially noteworthy — and character development. But viewers looking for zombie attacks or thrilling chase scenes should go elsewhere.


Los Angeles Times by Katie Walsh

The camera work is meticulous and exquisite in its expression, creating a sense of tense foreboding throughout, linking characters and images with a creepy omniscience.


Empire by Kim Newman

This is a harsh, unsentimental science fiction film, though the performances suggest small surviving flames of empathy and yearning amid the tough, practical attitudes.


Total Film by Matt Glasby

Too slow for the mainstream, perhaps, this presents a disgusted worldview thats painstakingly plausible, however much we may wish differently.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

The physical suspense is all but unbearable: a sexualised hunger, fear and need. Fingleton writes and directs with gusto and flair.

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