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Tyrannosaur 2011

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Widower Joseph is crippled by his volatile temper and anger. He meets Hannah, a Christian worker at a charity shop. When they're brought together she seems to be his saviour, someone who can temper his fury and offer him kindness. But Hannah's secrets are revealed with devastating results on both their lives.

Starring:
Peter Mullan, Archie Lal
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Paddy Considine
Starring Peter Mullan, Archie Lal
Supporting actors Jag Sanghera, Mike Fearnley, Paul Conway, Lee Rufford, Olivia Colman, Samuel Bottomley, Sian Breckin, Paul Popplewell, Eddie Marsan, Robin Butler, Sally Carman, Ned Dennehy, Fiona Carnegie, Julia Mallam, Chris Wheat, Craig Considine, Robert Haythorne, Vicki Hackett
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Format: DVD
TYRANNOSAUR
(dir. Paddy Considine/91 minutes)

Paddy Considine's directorial debut was the big winner at last week's British Independent Film Awards, picking up trophies for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Film. And rightly so. It's a remarkable film about beasts and monsters that pulls no punches. It's unrelentingly unpleasant; one (graphic) scene towards the beginning drew a collective gasp of horror from the audience in the cinema. It tells the story of `tyrannosaur' Joseph, characteristically played with blistering rage by Peter Mullan. Joseph is a violent, bitter, alcoholic widower, full of anger and pain. He meets Hannah (a stunning performance by Olivia Coleman), an all-round good egg (she's a devout Christian working in a charity shop, what more proof do you need that she's a good person?) who takes Joseph under her wing and helps him on the road to recovery and redemption. It all sounds a bit predictable written down on the page like that, but the execution is far from predictable as Hannah is hiding something equally terrible about her own life. All the performances are standout (Eddie Marsan makes a distinct impression in his limited screen time as Hannah's monstrous husband James). Casting Coleman, primarily known as a comedy actress in Peep Show, Rev and Green Wing among others, was a masterstroke as she's so warm and nice that you just want to give her a hug. She'll break your heart. That's a promise.
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This is a gritty slice of noirish realism from first time director (but a familiar face in front of the camera) Paddy Considine. It tells the story of Jacob (Peter Mullan) a man for whome life has been one long misery, full of violence, alcohol and deprivation. A chance meeting with Hannah (for whome life appears at first to be perfect) might just lift some of the darkness and bring a little light into his life. But as ever, it is going to be a struggle.

This is a story of damaged people trying to find their way through the world. It shows how you shouldn't just take people at face value, and how there can be a lot more going on behind the scenes than you realise. It deals with domestic violence of a variety of shades, and with mental illness. It is not a fun film to watch, but it is very worthwhile and moving.

Impressive performances from the cast, especially Olivia Coleman (hitherto only known to me as a sidekick to Mitchell and Webb), bring Paddy Considine's dark vision to life. Peter Mullan as the moody Jacob is impressive, seeming to burst from the screen when enraged, as though the television is not big enough to hold all of his anger. I felt threatened by his presence at times, even through the separation of the film camera. Olivia Coleman brings strength and dignity to her role as her relationship with Jacob evolves, managing to show how she takes inspiration from his anger and violence to deal with her own problems.

It's tough and gritty, but I felt that these were real people dealing with real problems, and I have to say it was an impressive debut for Considine the director. 5 stars.
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Tyrannosaur is a powerful award-winning drama about a man who suffers from terrible outbursts of rage who, after one public outburst, dashes into a charity shop and hides. There, he is consoled by a religious woman who prays for him. Sounds like the comfortable sort of Christian drama that you might watch on a Sunday afternoon, doesn't it? Well, it isn't. Joseph (Peter Mullan) kicks his dog to death in a fit of rage within the first few minutes of the movie, his language is strong and relentless throughout, and Hannah (Olivia Colman), despite her Christianity and her charity, is a battered wife who suffers the most despicable physical abuse by her husband, James (Eddie Marsan).

If you can take the disturbing elements of this movie, then you will watch an exceptional drama that, for me, dragged up all sorts of emotions. I was repelled by Joseph and his tirades. I was angry with Hannah for not going to the police and having her nightmare of a husband put away. I was frustrated by them both. And I could not stop watching the drama unfold and it was relentless and I didn't come away from it happy, or relieved. But it did get me thinking how lucky I am to live in my world that is not theirs and it did make me hope that that never changes. There but for the grace of God go I, as the saying goes.

Tyrannosaur has beaten Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy in the British Independent Film Awards. I don't know if I could ever watch it again. If I do, it won't be any time soon. But it's a powerful movie, an exceptional one and certainly, I think, deserves watching once.

Written and directed by Paddy Considine who is also an actor. He starred in The Cry of the Owl (2009) and Dead Man's Shoes (2004) which he also wrote.
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I sort of knew that if Paddy Considine made a film it would be like this. Hard drinking gamblers and fighters. Tattooed, benefit dependent thugs with baseball bats and weapon dogs. Random racism and calculated GBH. Neglected children bearing witness to adult trails of dysfunction and destruction. Lost souls reaching for lost souls in a land of the soulless. A funeral, a wake, a coming together. There's no doubt this is a good film. Olivia Colman is just beautiful as the cross-wearing, alcoholic charity shop worker; Eddie Marsan is his usual fathomless, weird-headed menace; and Peter Mullan does admirably what the hard man role asks of him. Paddy was never going to have a musical, or a costume drama or a stab at Shakespeare as his directorial debut so should I be surprised that this is what it is? Probably not. Is art, because it supposedly imitates life, a perpetual re-affirmation of a community of stereotypes? Possibly. And although there's nothing wrong with drawing truth from what you know I could have done with some more shade and colour in the narrative and a little less immersion in the world of the depressed underclass. If that meant an extra fifteen minutes on the length it would have been worth it as I thought the film was a bit too short.

`Tyrannosaur' might bear comparison with Samantha Morton's 2009 directorial debut 'Unloved'. In some ways their directors' biogs are similar - an East Midlands origin, falling into acting through non-traditional routes, working class upbringings - but whereas Moreton's film about a little girl's experience growing up in care is both bleak and beautiful Considine's is just bleak. Despite the stylistic - and gender - differences both films seem to go to similar places; buy both and view them as a pair.
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