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Bypass + Q&A

Duane Hopkins is one of the most distinctive if unheralded voices in British cinema and his latest feature, a follow-up to 2008’s Better Things, is another uniquely personal and poetic portrait of contemporary British life. The film documents the breaking point in the life of Tim, a young man too physically weak and soft-hearted to cope with the extreme demands of his life on a rough and tumble council estate, with a terminally ill single mother, an absent father and brother, and a wayward younger sister to care for. As Tim’s health declines and a net of troubles close around him, Hopkins’ film becomes peopled with phantoms and shadows. Fast rising British actor George MacKay (Pride, For Those In Peril) is exceptional in the central role and David Proctor’s cinematography is another distinctive stand-out. A poetic and thoroughly mesmeric work.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer Samm Haillay.