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For Those in Peril (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 October 2013 (UK)
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Aaron, a young misfit living in a remote Scottish fishing community, is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men including his older brother. ... See full summary »


Paul Wright


Paul Wright
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Kate Dickie ... Cathy
George MacKay ... Aaron
Michael Smiley ... Frank
Brian McCardie ... Dr. Forbes
Nichola Burley ... Jane
Lewis Howden Lewis Howden ... Davie
Jordan Young Jordan Young ... Michael
Conor McCarron Conor McCarron ... Billy
James Cunningham James Cunningham ... Aaron's Father
Dylan Bruce Dylan Bruce ... Aiden
Gavin Park Gavin Park ... Harbour Man
Andrew Marley ... Andrew
Sharon MacKenzie Sharon MacKenzie ... Iris
Noah Irvine Noah Irvine ... Young Michael
Colin Dempster Colin Dempster ... Priest


Aaron, a young misfit living in a remote Scottish fishing community, is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men including his older brother. Spurred on by sea-going folklore and local superstition, the village blames Aaron for this tragedy, making him an outcast amongst his own people. Steadfastly refusing to believe that his brother has died, he sets out to recover him and the rest of men. Written by Protagonist Pictures

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4 October 2013 (UK) See more »

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As deep, scary and as beautiful as the sea itself
3 July 2013 | by allan-brown81See all my reviews

The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 Presents:

Writer, Director Paul Wright creates a beautiful poetic tale, exploring the power of love and loss in his deep, visceral and emotionally charged feature debut.

Aaron, an awkward outsider in his small fishing community, returns home after surviving the boating tragedy that claimed the lives of all else aboard, including his elder brother Michael (Jordan Young). Aaron, who feels increasingly frightened and isolated, can remember no details of what happened. He not only struggles with the guilt felt from being the only survivor, but the guilt imposed on him by a community who will not readily forgive him for being alive, while their loved ones are dead.

In his loneliness and anguish, Aaron reaches out Michael's fiancée (Nichola Burley) which fuels the communities suspicions and anger further, in particular Nicola's father (Michael Smiley).

"Do you think if you believe anything enough, it'll become true?" asks Aaron. With his state of mind worsening by the day, Aaron, propelled by folklore and local superstition clings to the hope that Michael is still alive, and thus sets out to save him from "The devil in the ocean".

Wright's feature debut is a strong character drama that explores psychological trauma through a visceral coloured palette and a rich, compelling and thought provoking narrative. Wright uses almost every aid at his disposal to ensure the audience feels and experiences Aarons increasing fragility, torment and state of mind, and he balances it note perfect. This is achieved through a tapestry of visual formats (Super8 footage), sound, folklore and news articles that blur the lines between reality and fantasy. These methods of storytelling never force an idea, but rather tease the audience with possibilities, allow them to draw their own conclusions.

Wrights prominent direction and vision is felt throughout the narrative, but it must be said, his cast deserve as much recognition. George Mackay gives a powerful, sad and heartbreakingly honest performance as our troubled lead, Aaron.

Kate Dickie provides the emotional centre of the film, and exists as Aarons only buoy in stormy waters, in a town that has outcast one of their own. Cathy performance although understated encapsulates the heartbreak and strength of a mother who wrestles with her own grief, whilst trying remain strong for her now, only remaining son. Both performances are quite simply stunning and career defining.

It could be argued that the film becomes stagnant in its second act, refusing to move on in narrative, busying itself with visual flourishes and techniques that slow the pace. I however enjoyed these moments and found they added intrigue, beauty and mystery to an already compelling film.


As someone I know put it, "For those in peril is as deep, scary and as beautiful as the sea itself"

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