Southcliffe 2013

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Tony Grisoni writes this four-part Channel 4 drama following the effects of a violent event on a small community. After a spree shooting takes place in the town of Southcliffe, the surviving residents are left devastated. As they struggle to deal with such a shocking and disturbing event, the past comes back to haunt them and their resolve is tested to the limits. The cast includes Rory Kinnear, Eddie Marsan, Shirley Henderson and Sean Harris. The episodes are: 'Hollow Shore', 'Light Falls', 'Sorrow's Child' and 'All Souls'.

Starring:
Rory Kinnear, Joe Dempsie
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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 6 minutes
Starring Rory Kinnear, Joe Dempsie, Eddie Marsan, Kaya Scodelario, Coral Amiga, Anatol Yusef, Shirley Henderson, Nichola Burley, Sean Harris
Director Sean Durkin
Genres Drama
Studio Spirit Entertainment
Rental release 26 August 2013
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Elena Rossi on 24 Mar. 2014
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I must confess that the story was a little confusing, specially with the going forward and backwards so often. The acting is good and so is the direction but at times I felt I was watching a Fellini movie with unrelated flashes that took on their own personalitiy. At the end it was like watching some French film where you make of the ending whatever you wish. But I enjoyed it after all.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mister joe on 2 Sept. 2013
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Gore blimey guv tv drama's now seem to be competing with one another in a misery fest contest from voyeuristic serial killer drama to emotional wrenching of The Mill and such.Southcliffe is an entry to this current canon of glum,this is no warm Horlicks and hot water bottle Downturn Abbey show to nestle into the sofa with.
Its pretty bleak.Essentially its about grief and it's consequences.
What attracted me to watch this series was Sean Durkin who previously directed Martha Macy May Marlene,i liked the idea of watching an "American" director work on a british tv programme,its nice to see a director not just following the normal career trajectory.The first episode for me was the strongest and most engrossing,Sean Harris ia a brilliant actor who if anything is criminally underused.I first came across him in See No Evil and then Red Riding Trilogy,immense in both.Intense would be an understatement.
I would bet a rather large sum of money that Tony Grisoni's script reads a lot different to the finished result,Durkin as a director at this moment is very much concerned with space,space between characters,events,actions....it is frustrating and very much what I believe has led to the woeful reviews and accusations of being dull and weak.
Durkin admits in an interview on the disc that what appeared little in the script became larger and what seemed larger became smaller.A reversal that most viewers will find annoying and flying in the face of a strong paletable narrative.And they would be right to a degree...there is a fine line between the profound and the ponderous.
It does feel at times that the style is getting in the way of the substance at the expense of characters and story.Somewhere within Southcliffe is an amazing show of such scope and depth.
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By BCarpenter on 5 Mar. 2015
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Not sure that Rory Kinnear was not really the main character and put in an outstanding performance for which he was denied the BAFTA for best supporting. But Sean Harris as the lead was exceptional as the protagonist who has been beleaguered by bureaucracy and a consistently uncaring, mean and self-absorbed small village.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anthony g potter on 24 Feb. 2014
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No doubt some reviewers will comment on the sheer brilliance of how this production makes you feel as though you live in this village or even worse 'lived' there. I found it so dark in terms of plot,cinema photography and content that i struggled to get to the end. If you want a bit of dark and depressing realism based on fact then this is for you.
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By n jay on 20 Mar. 2015
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I found this gripping story, really great, i can see why Sean Harris deserved his award will watch it again at some point will look out for more like it.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Gates on 25 Aug. 2013
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I was very impressed.

TV is a bit hit and miss for me. I wish more shows would treat it's viewers like adults and not pull any punches.

Southcliffe. It has many similarities to real life incidents and people but the town and it's characters are fictitious. A man goes around the town over the course of a single day and shoots numerous people. The show, believe it or not, is not about the spree shooting. It's focus is mainly on how people cope when a loved one is suddenly, violently, robbed from them.

I love the directors eye throughout the show. Bringing a movie makers perspective to a TV show. Full of protracted silences and seething unease. A tragedy beautifully played out. Full of great acting talent. Sean Harris who plays the role of Stephen Morton (the shooter) was fantastic! deserves an award. The character is quiet and not very extroverted but something dark and ugly is bubbling beneath the surface at all times and he played it fantastically in my opinion.

I was slightly disappointed with the last episode. A massive anti-climax. But thinking through it at the end I understood it's motivations.

It's a rare show. Not many on TV like this or handled with as much care and thought. The writing is great and the acting superb. Some Mary Whitehouse type people out there complain about the unnecessary violence and bad language. There's harder stuff on CBeebies. There is violence and language but not gratuitously so. It's not going to tickle everyone's fancy but I hope there's more like this on offer in future. Stuff with plenty of moxy, maturity and thoughtfulness and not spoon feed you kiddy gloved nonsense.

Very much recommended.
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By mrs amanda goodwin on 21 April 2015
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my daughter is in this so Im biased its brilliant
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By Steven Willis on 3 Feb. 2015
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Great storyline, characters and acting.
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