Sundance First Look: Paddy Considine’s directorial debut, TYRANNOSAUR

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
January 4th, 2011

Unless you're really into British comedy, you probably aren't familiar with the name Paddy Considine. I'm confident that will change after this year's Sundance Film Festival. Richard Ayode's wonderful teen romance SUBMARINE will screen there, in which Considine has a near scene-stealing role, and his directorial debut, the violent TYRANNOSAUR, will make its world premiere.

TYRANNOSAUR is stamped as an "unconventional love story," and it follows Joseph (Peter Mullan) who, while trying to escape from a very violent past, runs into Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity-shop worker. TYRANNOSAUR was written by Considine, and also stars Eddie Marsan (THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED).

TYRANNOSAUR will debut in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition on Friday, January 21st. Hit the break for the official synopsis and more stills from the film.

Official synopsis:
Renowned actor Paddy Considine’s first feature behind the camera is a tour de force propelled by the sheer intensity of its performances and storytelling.

Joseph (Peter Mullan), a tormented, self-destructive man plagued by violence, finds hope of redemption in Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity-shop worker he meets one day while fleeing an altercation. Initially derisive of her faith and presumed idyllic existence, Joseph nonetheless returns to the shop and soon realizes that Hannah’s life is anything but placid. As a relationship develops, they come to understand the deep pain in each other’s lives.
An unconventional love story, Tyrannosaur transcends its bleak circumstances through Joseph and Hannah’s vigorous impulse toward redemption. Shouldering the weight of burdened lives with great humanity and a deep understanding of our capacity to heal, Mullan and Colman deliver two of the most outstanding performances of the year. Considine’s portrait of these two lost souls, bloody but unbowed, is a devastating and profoundly beautiful experience.

Source Sundance

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