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The Dig review – a hole lot of buried rage

An Irish bog consumes two men seeking revenge and redemption, in Ryan and Andy Tohill’s tense thriller

Twins Ryan and Andy Tohill’s distinctive homecoming parable, further proof of Irish cinema’s resurgent boldness and versatility, finds a striking visual metaphor for the emotional labours required to find peace of mind nowadays. In the prologue’s teachable example of show-don’t-tell film-making, rough-hewn, edgy Ronan (Moe Dunford) returns to the boarded-up farmhouse he once called home with an apparent eye to starting afresh. An obstacle to the quiet life soon emerges, in the form of a crumpled older man, Sean (Lorcan Cranitch), observed digging up the adjoining peat bog. Why his quest agitates the prodigal farmhand is but gradually revealed; yet with admirable economy the Tohills and screenwriter Stuart Drennan establish a stand-off between men in small, dark holes who have sublimated all feeling into obsessive, possibly futile activity.
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‘Vs.’ DVD Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Connor Swindells, Adam ‘Shotty Horroh’ Rooney, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Nicholas Pinnock, Ruth Sheen, Emily Taaffe, Mc Paige “Paigey Cakes” Meade, Joivan Wade | Written by Ed Lilly, Daniel Hayes | Directed by Ed Lilly

Vs. is an urban rites of passage drama set in the hostile and exciting UK rap battle scene.

That is the synopsis for Vs. on the IMDb but I’m here to tell you that this movie is so so much more than this. This is one of the most powerful, thought provoking, superbly acted, respectfully told and emotionally driven movies I personally have had the pleasure of seeing in quite some time. I will get into the plot and subject matter now in a minute, but up front I would like to admit that this movie spoke to my heart and broke through a wall I didn’t think needed broken through. Yes, it’s a low
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Vs. review – the 8 Mile of Southend

This low-budget British film about a young white male channelling his rage into the rap battle scene has real storytelling punch

Vs is a movie about the UK rap battle scene, directed by Ed Lilly, co-written by him and Daniel Hayes. It may be a bit rough around the edges, and rough everywhere else as well, but it also has real urgency and storytelling punch, and the contests themselves are tremendously witty, inventive and exciting. If you’ve ever yearned for more literate film scripts, more intelligent verbal pyrotechnics, well … here you go. It’s about a young white rapper who has issues with his mother, and naturally it may owe something to Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile from 2003, starring Eminem, but I enjoyed this more. It is much less freighted with celebrity self-consciousness.

Adam (Connor Swindells) is a young man who was put into foster care as an infant by his teenage mum.
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Watch an exclusive clip from British rap battle drama Vs.

The British rap battle drama Vs. is set for release in UK cinemas this Friday, and we’ve got an exclusive clip from the film which you can watch right here…

A troubled foster teen (Conor Swindells) – is introduced to the “no limits” world of UK battle-rap, where his aggression and sharp lyricism quickly makes him a controversial fan favourite. But when he doorsteps his biological mother after twelve years in care, he’s forced to face his toughest opponent yet: his past.

Vs. is set for release on October 19th in the UK and features a cast that includes Conor Swindells, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Joivan Wade, Shotty Horroh, Paigey Cakey, Nicholas Pinnock, Emily Taaffe, and Ruth Sheen.

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Film Review: ‘The Dig’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘The Dig’
There’s a whole lot of digging, but not much suspense or interest dug up in “The Dig.” This first feature for sibling directorial duo Andy and Ryan Tohill follows several shorts, and probably should’ve been another one: Stuart Drennan’s screenplay scarcely provides enough incident or psychological insight to sustain 90-odd damply atmospheric minutes. Instead, this glum mood piece simply hits the same bleak note over and over to dulling effect, despite a murder-mystery hook that goes barely exploited until the very end. It’s a challenging sit with limited rewards, and is likely to similarly provide a challenge to commercial placements.

There’s no family left to greet Ronan Callahan (Moe Dunford of “Vikings”) when he emerges from a long prison stint, and the rural community he left behind won’t be glad to see him back. He settles as best he can into the near-ruins of his late father’s farmhouse,
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New trailer for Battle Rap feature Vs. arrives

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Altitude Films has released a new trailer for Ed Lily’s directorial debut, Vs. featuring some cutting Battle Raps.

Ed Lily makes his feature directorial debut on a story which touches on themes of family, gender and sexuality. The film is replete with a series of unpredictable turns that challenges the posturing machismo image of the battle rap scene.

The film stars Conor Swindells (Keepers), Fola Evans-Akingbola (Siren), Joivan Wade (The First Purge) Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella), Emily Taaffe (Little Bird) Ruth Sheen (Another Year) and UK battle-rappers Shotty Horroh and Paigey Cakey.

Also in trailers – Matthew McConaughey gets high in teaser trailer for The Beach Bum

The film is released on October 19th.

Vs. Official Synopsis

A troubled foster kid uses his scathing word skills to become an unlikely rap battle champion. But when he gets caught up in his own hype, he must confront his past to accept who he really is.
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British rap drama Vs. gets a trailer

Ahead of its UK release next month, a trailer has arrived online for the upcoming rap drama Vs. Directed by Ed Lilly, the film stars Conor Swindells, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Joivan Wade, Shotty Horroh, Paigey Cakey, Nicholas Pinnock, Emily Taaffe, and Ruth Sheen; check it out here…

A troubled foster teen (Swindells) – is introduced to the “no limits” world of UK battle-rap, where his aggression and sharp lyricism quickly makes him a controversial fan favourite. But when he doorsteps his biological mother after twelve years in care, he’s forced to face his toughest opponent yet: his past.

Vs. is set for release on October 19th in the UK.

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Tiff Review: ‘The Dig’ is a Story of Redemption as Angry as it is Heartfelt

After fifteen years in jail for murder, Ronan Callahan (Moe Dunford) returns home to find his victim’s father caught in a loop. Every day spent behind bars was a day Sean McKenna (Lorcan Cranitch) languished in the bog behind the Callahans’ property, digging holes along a carefully marked grid in search of his daughter’s body. He promised he wouldn’t stop until she was at rest and so he shoveled mud while his wife lay dying of cancer and still shovels mud now that his other daughter Roberta (Emily Taaffe) quit her job to make certain he didn’t die of thirst or starvation. We can therefore assume the “warm” welcome Ronan will receive upon working up the nerve to demand Sean leave. And we can guess what comes next.

The result is The Dig‘s story of redemption and forgiveness that’s as angry as it is heartfelt,
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The Dig (2018) Movie Trailer: Moe Dunford Searches for the Body of His Victim after 15 Years in Prison

The Dig Trailer Andy Tohill and Ryan Tohill‘s The Dig (2018) movie trailer stars Moe Dunford, Emily Taaffe, Francis Magee, and Lorcan Cranitch. The Dig‘s plot synopsis: “After serving fifteen years for murder, Callahan returns home to find Sean, his victim’s father searching for the body. Callahan soon realises that the only way to get rid [...]

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Moe Dunford in First Trailer for Irish Drama 'The Dig' Playing at Tiff

"Where is she?!" The first trailer has debuted for a film titled The Dig, playing at the Toronto Film Festival next in a few weeks. The first feature made by filmmakers Andy Tohill & Ryan Tohill, this already won Best Irish Feature at the Galway Film Festival earlier this summer. Moe Dunford (from "Vikings") plays a man released from prison after fifteen years for a murder he can’t remember committing. When he returns home, he ends up helping the victim's father find her body by digging in the dirt. The cast includes Emily Taaffe, Francis Magee, and Lorcan Cranitch. The film is still looking for distribution, so this trailer is mainly to drum up interest at Tiff. From the looks of it, this seems very intense, emotional, and seriously impressive. Here's the first festival trailer for Andy & Ryan Tohill's The Dig, direct from Vimeo (via Deadline): After serving fifteen years for murder,
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‘The Dig’ First Trailer: Xyz Boards Toronto-Bound Thriller Starring ‘Vikings’ Actor Moe Dunford

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Xyz Films has boarded North American sales rights to Toronto-bound thriller The Dig, whose gritty first trailer we can reveal today.

Vikings actor Moe Dunford leads cast in the pic alongside Francis Magee (Game Of Thrones), Emily Taaffe (BBC’s War & Peace), and Lorcan Cranitch (Fortitude).

Dunford plays a man who after being released from prison for a murder he can’t remember committing, winds up forced to help his victim’s father find her body. The Irish Western took home the Best Irish Film award at this year’s Galway Film Festival and will get its North American premiere in Toronto.

Directed by first-time filmmakers Andy and Ryan Tohill, the pic is produced by Brian J. Falconer (Normal People). International sales rights remain open.
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Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018 Review – Beast

Beast, 2018.

Written and Directed by Michael Pearce.

Starring Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Trystan Gravelle, Shannon Tarbet, Emily Taaffe, Hattie Gotobed, Tim Woodward, and Geraldine James.

Synopsis:

A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.

There’s no beauty in this Beast (aside from the physical appearances of the two leads anyway), as writer and director Michael Pearce makes his feature-length debut with a serial killer mystery flick that is largely unconcerned with the victims, the families of the victims, how the kidnappings are affecting the remote isolated town, or detectives trying to crack the case wide open, but rather the psychological well-being’s of two abnormal individuals that are magnetically pulled together, quickly becoming seemingly kindred spirits. The only problem is that Pascal (Johnny Flynn in
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Movie Review – Beast (2017)

Beast, 2017.

Directed by Michael Pearce.

Starring Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle and Emily Taaffe.

Synopsis:

Moll lives at home on Jersey with her family, dividing her time between looking after her invalid father and her job as a tour guide. But she feels like the black sheep of the family and is looking for a way out. Meeting Pascal, a local outcast, seems to provide the answer but there is a lingering doubt in the back of her mind. Several local teenage girls have been brutally murdered and the evidence is pointing in his direction. But is he the killer?

Beast is the debut feature film from British writer/director Michael Pearce, one that’s received plenty of attention on the festival circuit. Good going for a low budget movie and one that’s made up of themes and ideas that we’ve seen before. There’s
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‘Beast’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle, Emily Taaffe, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Hattie Gotobed, Shannon Tarbet, Olwen Fouere, Tim Woodward, Oliver Maltman, Barry Aird | Written and Directed by Michael Pearce

This Jersey-set thriller from writer-director Michael Pearce is an accomplished feature debut. Beast packs a lot into its lean running time; and while it’s dotted with clichés, and some scenes fall flat, it is intelligent and atmospheric and it grips until the end.

Twenty-something Moll (Jessie Buckley) feels trapped in her middle-class home, which she shares with her dementia-suffering father and overbearing mother (Geraldine James). Moll was expelled from school as a young teenager and spent the rest of her formative years being home-schooled. Her mother never forgave her.

One night, Moll escapes her dismal birthday party and goes out clubbing. She’s rescued from a sleazebag by a wiry stranger, Pascal (Johnny Flynn). He’s a rule-breaker and a heartbreaker.
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Jessie Buckley in Official UK Trailer for Psychological Mystery 'Beast'

"Maybe I've been to soft on you." Film4 has unveiled an official trailer for the psychological mystery-thriller film titled Beast, which has been playing at major film festivals including Toronto, London, and Sundance this year. The title Beast is a reference to a true-life notorious criminal case known as "the Beast of Jersey", which is why the title of the French poster below is Jersey Affair. Jessie Buckley plays a troubled woman living in an isolated community, who finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders. Johnny Flynn stars as the creepy guy, and Geraldine James as her mother, with a full cast including Charley Palmer Rothwell, Hattie Gotobed, Shannon Tarbet, Trystan Gravelle, Emily Taaffe, Olwen Fouere, and Tim Woodward. Based on the buzz, this is definitely a film you should see without knowing
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'Atlantis' episode 3 review: A bull leap in quality for BBC's drama

Sometimes, it's good to show a little faith - and we're not talking about prayers to the Greek gods. Just as this week's Atlantis sees our heroes forced to vault slathering beasties, so the show itself also takes a big leap.

Jason (Jack Donnelly) lands himself in trouble when he leaps to the aid of an old peasant being beaten by Heptarian - a sneery noble of royal blood. Dragged before Alexander Siddig's ruthless King Minos, our hero - plus his erstwhile chums Hercules and Pythagoras - are sentenced to serve as bull leapers and must dodge the deadly beasts in the city arena, for the entertainment for the baying masses...

Warriors facing death, arena politics and the ever-present threat of violence - 'A Boy of No Consequence' sees Atlantis transformed into a PG-rated Spartacus, right down to Sarah Parish filling the Lucy Lawless role of saucy schemer.

The
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