Stephen Fingleton was awarded the Douglas Hickox award for best Debut Director at this year’s British Independent Film Awards on Sunday night, which follows wins for Best New Narrative Director, Special Jury Mention at Tribeca, Best Film at Ithaca and the Citizen Kane Best Newcomer Director Award at Sitges. Mia Goth was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at the BIFAs with Stephen Fingleton and Martin McCann having also been unveiled recently as BAFTA Breakthrough Brits.
In a kill-or-be-killed world where starvation is rife and strangers are always dangerous, The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits. When a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his forest refuge, his loneliness drives him to overcome his suspicion and strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board. But as desire becomes stronger than necessity, the exchange becomes an uneasy, ongoing arrangement which threatens not only his carefully constructed world but also his life.
A captivating thriller, THE SURVIVALIST marks the feature debut of writer-director Stephen Fingleton. Hailed by Indiewire as “Mad Max in the countryside”, and by Time Out New York as “Masterful…will shake you for days” in its 5 star review, the film boasts stellar performances from Martin McCann (’71, Shadow Dancer, X+Y), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac Part II, A Cure For Wellness) and Olwen Fouéré (This Must be the Place).
THE SURVIVALIST was produced by Wayne Marc Godfrey (Silence, Cake), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Babylon) and David Gilbery (Bone Tomahawk) through The Fyzz Facility. Shot in Northern Ireland the film was financed by The Fyzz Facility, BFI and Northern Ireland Screen in association with Goldcrest.
See THE SURVIVALIST in UK cinemas and on demand 12th Feb 2016.