EVERYONE’S GOING TO DIE (with Director Q&A)
NOMINATED – BEST UK FEATURE
Q&A with director Michael Woodward
A sparse, drily funny and off-beat film, this is the sort of independent cinema we cherish. Everyone’s Going to Die tells the story of a brief encounter between two lost souls. A familiar type of story perhaps, but one that writer/director team Jones imbue with oddities and eccentricities, whilst maintaining a façade of the banal.
Melanie is a twenty-something German living in a British seaside town. Her artist fiancée is notably absent, and their conversations on the phone aren’t exactly full of love. Ray’s line of work is unclear, but he’s been sent a gun by his boss, so we know it isn’t precisely kosher. A pair of chance encounters throw the two together, and, with nothing better to do with their days, they pass time together.
For a dialogue-heavy film there is a refreshing lack of exposition – backstories are left mostly unexplained, and the actors can play with tangential conversations and bizarrely off-kilter scenes (such as when Ray visits the family of his recently deceased brother).
Touching, funny, and darker than many character driven films (though not as dark as the title suggests) this is a refreshing slice of modern British filmmaking. (James Burbidge)
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