An explosive, star-making performance by Jack O’Connell lies at the center of David Mackenzie’s mesmerizing prison drama. He plays Eric, an inmate of frightening, feral rage who is transferred to an adult correctional facility despite his young age. Clashing with the system and fellow inmates, including, most notably, his estranged father, Nev (Ben Mendelsohn), Eric navigates the dehumanizing universe of life on the inside, perpetually battling for his survival, and also his soul. The film screened at Telluride, Toronto, and Rotterdam. A Tribeca Film release.
Toronto International Film Festival, 2013
Tribeca Film Festival, 2014
London Film Festival, 2013
“A jolting immersion in the claustrophobic mix of violence and vulnerability that is prison life” —Joumane Chahine, Film Comment
“Tough, violent and profane, the movie is also sensitive to the nuances of emotion underneath the macho belligerence, and honest about what its characters must do to survive.” —A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“An exciting and unpredictable portrait of prison life” —Adam Woodward, Little White Lies