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The Levelling

Debut writer/director Hope Dickson Leach delivers a hugely impressive first feature about a middle class farming family’s crisis, set against the backdrop of the Somerset floods.

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Dir-Scr Hope Dickson Leach
Prod Rachel Robey, Co Prod Anna Griffin
With Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden
UK 2016
Prod Co Wellington Films, iFeatures

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

Ben Baird, Sound Designer; Kharmel Cochrane, Casting Director; Hutch Demouilpied, Composer; Hope Dickson Leach, Director; Sarah Finlay, Production Designer; Anna Griffin, Co-Producer; Tom Hemmings, Editor; Ellie Kendrick, Lead Cast; Tess Loe, Costume Designer; Rachel Robey, Producer; Nanu Segal, Cinematographer

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Clover (Ellie Kendrick, The Diary of Anne Frank) is finishing a veterinary course when her beloved brother dies and she is called home to her family’s struggling Somerset farm. Her mother died some time ago and it’s clear that Clover and her garrulous father Aubrey (David Troughton) do not get on. Debut writer/director (and LFF short film alumnus) Hope Dickson Leach gives the talented duo a complex, finely-crafted script to work with, offering a drama that works on many different levels. The story is framed against the devastating Somerset floods, with parallels drawn between the fractured family and their dying farm. Nanu Segal’s expressive photography of the land, accentuated by Ben Baird’s rich sound design – both elements unshowy but wholly cinematic – underpin the challenges the family face. Dickson Leach also skilfully dismantles assumptions about privilege of gentleman English farmers delivering a sophisticated feature of deep emotional heft and power.

Tricia Tuttle

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