The Dark Mile

Directed by: Gary Love
UK | 88 minutes
uk-premiere
best-uk-feature
Screenings
Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Sat 23rd Sep 12:45

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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Fri 29th Sep 20:30
Q&A with Deirdre Mullins

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Modern, urban life and archaic, rural living stand opposing each other, seemingly incompatible. Removing yourself from the former to the latter can be alternatively relaxing or isolating. This divide between urban society and rural, technology and nature, runs throughout Gary Love’s The Dark Mile. Like in the deep lakes and dense fog of the Scottish Highlands, something unsettling lurks just out of sight.
Claire and Louise ascend from London to this rural area, coping with personal tragedy, running from the past. While the placid atmosphere suits Louise, Claire is partially stuck in her prior world, attached by phone and email to the modern world as if by an umbilical cord. Claire and Louise’s lesbian relationship creates another, albeit largely unspoken, conflict with the local residents. During their stay, both their relationship and physical safety is threatened by their surroundings.
Atmosphere is essential to The Dark Mile. Beautiful shots of the Scottish highlands capture their gothic aura, creating a spectacular, tense and haunting film. Additionally, Gary Love’s tight direction brings ambiguity and fear to several sequences. All these elements collide to make The Dark Mile an uncertain, creepy and terrifying crawl.
Bruno Savill De Jong
Runtime
88
Cast
Rebecca Calder
Deirdre Mullins
Finlay MacMillan
Paul Brannigan
Sheila Hancock
Country
UK
Director(s)
Gary Love
Writer(s)
Gaby Hull
Producer(s)
Melanie Dicks
Gary Love
Dorian Healy
Executive Producer(s)
Robert Stubbs
Screening Status
UK Premiere