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The Survivalist (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 12 February 2016 (UK)
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In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he finds his existence threatened.


Stephen Fingleton
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Mia Goth ... Milja
Martin McCann ... Survivalist
Barry Ward ... Forager
Olwen Fouéré ... Kathryn (as Olwen Fouere)
Andrew Simpson ... Gaunt Man
Ryan McParland ... Crossbow Raider
Hussina Raja Hussina Raja ... Watchwoman
Douglas Russell ... The Snatcher
Ciaran Flynn Ciaran Flynn ... Watchman
Michael Og Lane Michael Og Lane ... Raider
Kieri Kennedy ... The woman in the photograph
Sean Doupe Sean Doupe ... Raider
Logan Kerr Logan Kerr ... Raider
Jeremy Martin Jeremy Martin ... Raider
Matthew Henry Matthew Henry ... Raider


In a kill-or-be-killed world where starvation is rife and strangers are always dangerous, The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits. When a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his forest refuge, his loneliness drives him to overcome his suspicion and strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board. But as desire becomes stronger than necessity, the exchange becomes an uneasy, ongoing arrangement which threatens not only his carefully constructed world but also his life. Written by Bulldog Distribution Limited

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

12 February 2016 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Was filmed in Antrim, Northern Ireland See more »


Around 36 min into the film 'the survivalist', Milja and Kathryn are working in the garden. While filming Kathryn you can see clearly a (young) woman walking in the take wearing a red coat. See more »


[first lines]
Kathryn: [appearing outside his shack] My name is Kathryn. And this is my daughter Milja. Would you be able to spare some of your crop?
Survivalist: [no]
Kathryn: We can offer something in exchange.
[shows seeds]
Kathryn: A real treasure, then. We have legumes, rusticas, strong varieties. These could boost your yield.
[tosses over a package of seeds]
Kathryn: Surely you can spare something. There's more than enough.
Survivalist: That's what they all thought.
Kathryn: Well, then perhaps... Perhaps, we could stay the night.
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Follows Magpie (2014) See more »

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The Survivalist: Certainly not the mainstream
9 October 2017 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

The survivalist leaves a lot to the imagination, telling the story of our lead a man who lives out in the wilderness paranoid and alone when his world is disrupted by the appearance of two women.

Does he risk his perfect though limited little world by allowing them access to his home or should he turn them away? The Survivalist is a dark gritty tale that pulls no punches, I found myself oddly empathising and relating to the lead and yet at the same time was frustrated by that distinct lack of entertainment value I found.

This multi award winning effort simply didn't connect with me and though I certainly appreciate what they were going for unfortunately didn't see the appeal.

Credit to the cast, credit to the film makers but for me this made for uncomfortable viewing and a really lackluster finale.

The Good:

All round well made

Strong performances

Great concept

The Bad:

Uncomfortable stuff

Certainly niche viewing

Weak ending

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

The survivalist lifestyle isn't as glamorous as others may have you believe

Don't let women in your life, they'll ruin everything

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