Hinterland 2013 CC


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From the windswept sand dunes of the coastline to the badlands of the hinterland, Aberystwyth is the setting for this brand new 4 part drama series, as seen on the BBC. Into this world steps DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington). On the run from his London past, a brilliant but troubled man, he isolates himself on the outskirts of town, a town filled with secrets as dark and destructive as his own. Partnered with the intelligent and complex DI Mared Rhys they form an engaging relationship as they embark on solving cases that involve the ultimate anti-social crime, murder.

Hannah Daniel, Mali Harries
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Product Details

  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 23 minutes
Starring Hannah Daniel, Mali Harries, Richard Harrington
Director Gareth Bryn, Marc Evans, Ed Thomas, Rhys Powys
Genres Crime
Rental release 26 May 2014
Main languages welsh, English
Subtitles English

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
HINTERLAND, 2013. Series 1. This is a BBC Wales four-part crime drama television series set and largely filmed in the bleakly beautiful coastal town of Aberystwyth, Wales. Against backdrops of the city, mountainous terrain with remote close-knit villages, a seascape of windswept coastland, sand dunes. And the moors, which function as the badlands of the hinterland. The gritty noir police procedural that has been compared to BROADCHURCH and THE FALL stars Richard Harrington, (LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD), as the intense and troubled DCI Tom Mathias, another flawed hero for our times.

What WALLANDER is to Sweden, and THE KILLING is to Denmark, HINTERLAND is to Wales: dark harrowing detective drama boasting compelling characters and suspenseful, multi-layered stories. Harrington’s DCI Tom Mathias is a brilliant, brooding loner, now on the run from his past after ten years with London’s Metropolitan Police. Mali Harries (FOYLE’S WAR) is smart, hard-working DI Mared Rhys, a local girl who knows her land and people. The boxed set contains four feature-length episodes on two DVDs, running about 398 minutes. Interestingly enough, it was originally filmed in both English and Welsh. Even the English-speaking—heavily-Welsh accented-- version includes some Welsh dialog. Coarse language, nudity and violence make it for mature audiences only, please. It’s in widescreen, series 2 is in production.

The episodes are:
Disc 1, Episode 1, Devils Bridge.
DCI Mathias arrives in Aberystwyth, begins to settle into his lonesome seaside caravan when he's called to a blood-spattered house. It seems clear that the 64-year-old woman who lived there was brutally attacked, lost so much blood she must have died, but her body is not there.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 2 Jun. 2014
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This is an interesting piece of work. Hinterland displays an admirable confidence with both the screenplay and cinematography. The pace of the narrative is slow and deliberate and the dialogue is authentically Ceredigion, a mixture of English and colloquial Welsh. Through the murder investigations of troubled DCI Tom Mathias we are exposed to the imagined underbelly of Aberystwyth and its hinterland. The programmes effectively convey a convincing sense of isolation and rural desperation, where the depth and pathos of the characters are empathetically portrayed. Feelings are intensified and grudges fester among the indigenous bilingual inhabitants while incomers are regarded with curiosity and suspicion, not least Tom Mathias himself. You get the sense that this stoic man is living on the edge, his emotions occasionally seeping to the surface, damaged but needing to cling on to the grim reality and routine of his job.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2014
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Hinterland- a remote region, a land beyond the coast.

Over the past year I have been reading several mystery/detective procedural novels based in Wales. The country filled with long desolate highways, curved roads, isolated villages and dark pasts. However, the people are engaging and full of history. Hinterland is a BBC Wales four-part television series set and largely filmed in the coastal town of Aberystwyth, Wales. Now, Netflix has 'Hinterland' to stream into your homes.

In this small town, comes a new DCI, Tom Mathias played by Richard Harrington. He fits into the landscape very well, dark and dour without a smile. He has a past history, but we are not to learn about it in this series. He lives in a mobile home on a vast area of land, and the home us as bleak as the man. His colleagues, Mali Harries plays DI Mared Rhys. She has beautiful eyes and knows this land as her own. If you have viewed several BBC series, I don't think you will have any difficulty with the accents. I was able to catch and understand every word.

For a small town, there are murders a plenty. Four episodes fill this series, and in each, the storyline will convince you to continue. The characters are all so well presented. No background, we learn as we go, so to speak. We learn DCI Mathias is an intelligent, excellent detective. He can also lead a group with expertise. His team is well rounded, learning to work together, and no one should be late. The murders are mysterious, and not for the faint of heart. Clever murderers, but the DCI is one step ahead of them. I have recently read that Series 2 has been commissioned.

Recommended. prisrob 09-02-14
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia K. Cox on 1 July 2014
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Hinterland is an excellent series, made with care and quality. Beautiful cinematography- the landscape is almost a character in itself. I found the wild and remote countryside captivating, and as one reviewer pointed out, although the locale may not be that removed, as part of the stories, it is perfect. The writing and plots were haunting to me- they stayed with me, especially the first episode. The Welsh language is so beautiful, that I've ordered the series in the Welsh version as well.

The acting is excellent-Richard Harrington brings something special to the portrayal of a policeman who is troubled by the horrific crimes he sees, and wears his feelings on his sleave. The way he reaches over to a distraught suspect during an interrogation and touches his arm, or tackles a grieving and angry father, but then holds him a moment is something I've never quite seen in a crime show from a policeman. The viewer feels his character has an empathy based on his own life experiences, and I am looking forward to learning more about Mathias's past. Supporting actors are also very good, and we see glimpses of the private life of the female colleague, played by Mali Harries. I hope viewers will learn more about her character in series two. She deftly plays a policewoman who has been passed over for promotion(perhaps) but is very much a team player. The Welsh actors involved in supporting roles are so good, so " of the place" I found myself forgetting that I was watching actors at work .

I can't believe that some reviewers thought the plots were slow or the acting wooden. I was on the edge of my seat with all the stories- they are suspenseful and well written. Hinterland is a unique show that doesn't' look away from how ordinary people commit extraordinary crimes, and how an ordinary DCI is actually quite special in his empathy and pathos.
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