Watch the UK trailer for Clio Barnard’s Dark River

Dark memories and a forgotten past converge in this countryside drama

It’s been a long wait since Barnard’s last release, 2013’s emotionally hard hitting The Selfish Giant, and following its début at the recent London Film Festival, the UK trailer for her new film, Dark River, has just hit the net.

Following the death of her father (Sean Bean), Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there she encounters her older brother Joe (Mark Stanley) a man she barely recognizes, worn down by years of struggling to keep the farm going whilst caring for their sick father.

Joe is thrown by Alice’s sudden arrival, angered by her claim and finds her presence increasingly impossible to deal with. Battling to regain control in a fraught and fragile situation, Alice must confront traumatic memories and family betrayals to find a way to restore the farm and salvage the bond with her brother before both are irrevocably lost.

Dark River seeps into UK cinemas on February 23rd 2018.


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Steven Sheehan

Updated: Nov 27, 2017

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