Eric (Jack O’Connell) is a teenaged offender who is so vicious that he is ‘starred up’—moved to a high security prison for adults. With rage that seems to know no boundaries, he fights everyone in his path until he meets his match, Neville (Ben Mendelsohn), a fellow prisoner who also happens to be his father.
Set in a muted institutional palette, director David Mackenzie and writer Jonathan Asser brilliantly lock viewers in a suffocating world that strips its inhabitants of all humanity. A riveting drama unfolds as father and son seek to find forgiveness and solace, fully aware that they both are locked in an unbreakable cycle.
Length: 106 minutes
Director: David Mackenzie
Screenwriter: Jonathan Asser
Producer: Gillian Berrie
Editor: Jake Roberts
Cinematographer: Michael McDonough
Executive Producer: Katherine Butler, Sam Lavender, Jan Pace
Cast: Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend
David Mackenzie’s The Last Great Wilderness screened at TIFF in 2002. He followed this with Young Adam, which premiered in Cannes 2003 and played TIFF and Telluride that year (winning four Scottish BAFTAS and a London Critics Circle Award for Best Newcomer, amongst its accolades). Subsequent films include Asylum (won a Silver Bear in Berlin 2007), Perfect Sense (premiered at 2011 Sundance, Best Feature award in Edinburg), and the gonzo comedy romance, You Instead (2011 SXSW).