Chilling First Trailer For British Drama 'Dark River' Released


British drama ‘Dark River’ premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and has just released a chilling new trailer to get us excited for its 2018 release.  

Directed by Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant), the film has an impressive cast list. Ruth Wilson (Luther, Saving Mr. Banks) stars, with Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Sean Bean (James Bond, Jupiter Ascending), and even Gendry (Joe Dempsie) from Game of Thrones all featuring.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Ruth Wilson attends the Special Presentation & European Premiere of "Dark River" during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

The plot follows Alice (Wilson), a native Yorkshirewoman who has just spent the past 15 years drifting by on contract work. Upon returning to her family farm, Alice is confronted with her older brother Joe (Stanley), struggling under the increasing demands of the land. After the death of their abusive father (Bean), Alice is convinced of her rightful tenancy of the declining farm.

The two siblings then embark upon a psychological war, attempting to gain the upper hand in their conflict over the farm.


It’s sombre and chilling, benefiting from the fact that the shadow of Brexit looms over the plot, threatening British farmers’ livelihoods.

The project is also joined by Netflix’s The Crown’s cinematographer Adriano Goldman, with the story being credited to 2010 French novel ‘Trespass’ for its inspiration.


Boasting a 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, reviews have praised the way that Wilson explores the topic of sexual abuse. The chemistry between cast members in particular has been singled out as impressive, with the Guardian commenting that “Wilson and Stanley are both excellent performers” as well as being “the mainstays of a valuable piece of work”.


There’s scarcely room here for improvement at the level of craft or performance; in particular, it’s gratifying to see leading lady Ruth Wilson headlining a big-screen vehicle worthy of her flinty brilliance”.


…The decaying farmlands of rural England appear to be replacing the urban concrete high-rise as the preferred setting for British social realism. Clio Barnard’s Dark River may well be the cream of this particular crop.”

The Hollywood Reporter:

A moving, North of England-set portrait of marginalized working-class cultures and the resilience of damaged children.”


Watch the trailer below:

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