October 16, 2013 Screening – Tyrannosaur

Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.
All screenings are at Pacific Cinematheque Theatre 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC and are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Each evening event is eligible for 1.0 hour Section 1 of the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification Program.

Tyrannosaur

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 – 7:30pm
Great Britain 2011. Director: Paddy Considine
Cast: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Ned Dennehy, Sally Carman

In his first feature as a writer-director, British actor Paddy Considine plumbs the depths of human fallibility (not to mention his own straitened childhood on a Midlands council estate) in an auspicious debut that references the “kitchen-sink” realism of directors such as Ken Loach and Mike Leigh. Set in gritty blue-collar Leeds, Tyrannosaur stars Scottish actor Peter Mullan as Joseph, an unemployed, hard-drinking widower whose inchoate rage leads him to commit acts of unspeakable violence. One afternoon, on the run from a fight, Joseph ducks into the closest refuge — an empty thrift shop – where he meets Hannah (Olivia Colman) a gentle Christian woman who offers to pray for him. Convinced she is nothing but a smug middle-class do-gooder, Joseph angrily rebuffs her, yet finds himself drawn back to her shop the next day. A tentative friendship develops, one that is challenged when Joseph learns the truth about Hannah’s relationship with her abusive husband James (Eddie Marsan). From this least likely of places, a story of grace and possible redemption gradually emerges. “A visceral, considered dissection of abuse and rage … The performances of Mullan, Colman, and Marsan are excellent and create a compelling human drama” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian). Colour, HDCAM. 92 mins.

Warning: Contains scenes that may be upsetting to sensitive viewers.

Post-screening discussion with Joanne Baker, PhD, Manager of Special Programs and Projects at the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia. Dr. Baker has worked for anti-violence organizations in the U.K., Australia, and Canada and as a social policy and social work academic at three Australian universities.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Co-sponsored by the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC), a charitable, non-profit organization that provides services to over 200 funded anti-violence programs across the province.

REVIEWS

“The principals are superb, with Mullan and Colman doing a masterful job of inhabiting their separate but equal prisons.”
Globe and Mail

“It’s hard to watch at times, though made with an intensity and artfulness you never for a moment doubt.”
Independent

“Vivid, bruising and electrifying.”
Little White Lies

 

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