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Deeley is a journalist who must overcome his fears of the outside world to track down a neighbour he witnesses being brutally kidnapped.

This film builds speed with the imperceptibility of a runaway train. A beautifully-shot London forms the backdrop for a film concerned not just with the plot details of kidnap, trafficking and violence, but also with themes of isolation, loneliness and fear.

Deeley is a journalist with agoraphobic issues who passes time in his flat by forming a gentle, binoculars-based obsession with his neighbour-across-the-block Kem. When she is violently kidnapped he becomes compelled to find out what happened to her, but struggles to leave the flat. So far, so ‘Rear Window’. But writer/director Sean Spencer does get his man out of the flat, and into a world of human trafficking, where violence is an uncompromising force.

Deeley is portrayed by the up-and-coming British actor David Gyasi (‘The Cloud Atlas’, ‘Interstellar’) whose nuanced performance never lets Deeley become an action hero but keeps him grounded and realistic: at times terrified, but with a powerful will.

Panic is a fantastic debut from Spencer – a film that eschews the standard feel of its genre tags, whilst still delivering a story of rising tension, stakes and emotion.

Country
UK
Runtime
84
Director(s)
Sean Spencer
Writer(s)
Sean Spencer
Producer(s)
Joe Wihl
Oliver Gray
DOP
Carl Burke
Cast
David Gyasi
Pippa Nixon
Original Format
Digital