This fresh, unadorned first feature from director Daniel Kokotajlo carries an unmistakable note of authenticity from its very first scenes. Set in a Jehovah’s Witness community in England, the film’s strength and power lies in its directness and the incredible performances of newcomers Molly Wright and Sacha Parkinson as two daughters raised in The Truth. Shooting in Greater Manchester, Kokotajlo guides us through the emotional depths of a family whose hearts are fractured by colliding beliefs. Apostasy marks the arrival of a fine new talent.
We review this film in our July film podcast. Skip to the 6.15 mark to hear what we had to say!
Short film screening alongside this feature film: Between the stammer and le mot juste
The only two remaining speeches by Aneurin Bevan were sourced and then reconfigured into twenty five segments, in order to emphasise the significance and stress the importance of the NHS and the need for a just society in the narrative.
In this film, this audio is broadcast on Llangynidr mountain, the place where Bevan would practice reading poetry aloud, in order to help counteract his stammer. It is known that Bevan would frequently climb the mountain with a stool and books, in order to overcome his speech impediment. In being broadcast at this location, the speech comes into conflict with the wind, which is common of the weather here, but is also suggestive of political conflict.
Although these words were delivered over sixty years ago, they are as relevant and critical today in their expression of the need for a fairer society.
Between the stammer and le mot juste precedes selected screenings of Apostasy from Sat 28 –Mon 30 Jul as part of the Something for Everyone: Celebrating 70 years of the NHS season.
We will be joined by director Daniel Kokotajlo and actresses Molly Wright and Sacha Parkinson for a Q&A following our preview screening at 20:30 on Wed 18 July.
Apostasy goes on general release on Fri 27 Jul.