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The Levelling review – a tremendous debut from Hope Dickson Leach

An estranged young woman returns to her flooded Somerset home in this haunting family drama

The flat, flooded plains of Somerset provide fertile soil for writer/director Hope Dickson Leach in this remarkably powerful tale of blighted farms and fractured families. Fulfilling the promise of such acclaimed shorts as The Dawn Chorus and Morning Echo, her quietly overwhelming feature debut addresses grand upheavals (personal, regional, economic) in deceptively understated and fiercely truthful fashion. Focusing on an estranged daughter’s return to her low-lying Levels home in the wake of a family tragedy, Dickson Leach conjures a postdiluvian rural Britain in which secrets, like bodies, refuse to stay buried. The director may cite the Dardenne brothers, Bruno Dumont and Kelly Reichardt as key influences, but it’s the robust heft of Andrew Kötting’s This Filthy Earth that sprang to mind as I waded into this emotional field a second time,
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Tiff 2016: Five Questions for The Levelling Director Hope Dickson Leach

In 2007, Hope Dickson Leach landed in the pages of Filmmaker Magazine as part of our annual 25 New Faces list. Her darkly comic brother-sister relationship drama, The Dawn Chorus — about siblings who recreate the plane crash that killed their parents — had been tearing up the festival circuit, and the Columbia Film School grad was developing a feature about a teenage girl who blames Princess Diana for her parents’ divorce. Dickson Leach had been working as an assistant for Todd Solondz on his film Palindromes, and her work was occasionally thought of as having the same satiric stripe. […]
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Game of Thrones' Ellie Kendrick leads 'The Levelling'

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Game of Thrones' Ellie Kendrick leads 'The Levelling'
Exclusive: Hope Dickson Leach writes and directs Somerset floods film now underway.

Principal photography is underway in the UK on iFeatures drama The Levelling, starring Game Of Thrones actress Ellie Kendrick.

Writer-director Hope Dickson Leach, a former Screen Star of Tomorrow, makes her feature debut on the drama, which is set in the aftermath of the 2014 Somerset floods and follows a young woman who returns home to her family dairy farm following the tragic death of her younger brother.

The film is the second to go into production through the most recent round of the iFeatures initiative, a low-budget filmmaking scheme funded by Creative England, BBC Films, Creative Skillset and the BFI.

Dickson Leach’s award-winning short The Dawn Chorus was selected for Sundance, Edinburgh and the BFI London Film Festival.

Kendrick, best known for her role as Meera Reed in HBO series Game of Thrones and the title role in BBC miniseries The Diary of Anne Frank, was recently
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Game of Thrones star Kendrick leads iFeatures drama The Levelling

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Game of Thrones star Kendrick leads iFeatures drama The Levelling
Exclusive: Hope Dickson Leach writes and directs Somerset floods film now underway.

Principal photography is underway in the UK on iFeatures drama The Levelling, starring Game Of Thrones actress Ellie Kendrick.

Writer-director Hope Dickson Leach, a former Screen Star of Tomorrow, makes her feature debut on the drama, which is set in the aftermath of the 2014 Somerset floods and follows a young woman who returns home to her family dairy farm following the tragic death of her younger brother.

The film is the second to go into production through the most recent round of the iFeatures initiative, a low-budget filmmaking scheme funded by Creative England, BBC Films, Creative Skillset and the BFI.

Dickson Leach’saward-winning short The Dawn Chorus was selected for Sundance, Edinburgh and the BFI London Film Festival.

Kendrick, best known for her role as Meera Reed in HBO series Game of Thrones and Anne Frank in the BBC’s 2009 miniseries The Diary of Anne Frank, was recently
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