Words by Ed King
The feature length debut from filmmaker Hope Dickson Leach, The Levelling tells the story of Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) as she returns to the family farm in Somerset following the death of her younger brother, Harry (Joe Blakemore). Previously estranged from her stoic ex-solider father, Aubrey (David Troughton), Clover battles to make sense of Harry’s accident/suicide whilst chipping away through clipped conversations and repressed family relations.
The Levelling was showcased at the Toronto Film Festival (Sept ’16), London Film Festival (Oct ’16), Les Arcs International Film Festival (Dec ’16) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan ’17) and has received widespread praise for its script, cinematography, considered direction and the cast themselves.
Establishing herself with an impressive portfolio of short films, including her award winning thesis film – The Dawn Chorus, Hope Dickson Leach completed her MFA in Filmmaking at Columbia University in upper Manhattan, New York. Dickson Leach assisted Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollshouse, Happiness) whilst still in New York, working on Solondz’s 2004 release – Palindromes, before returning to the UK to continue her own productions. The Levelling is Hope Dickson Leach’s first feature film, which credits her as both writer and director.
The Levelling was out on general release across the UK from 12th May – to check cities and show times, click here (or on the film title highlighted links). The Levelling is also available on demand through the standard online content providers, click here for more details on how to ‘watch at home’. The Levelling will be available on DVD and Blue Ray from 17th July ’17.
The Levelling (cert 15)
The Levelling comes to the Everyman cinema in The Mailbox on Tuesday 23rd May, for a one off screening – as presented by the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). For direct event info and online ticket sales from BIFA, click here.
For more on The Levelling, visit www.thelevelling-film.com
For more on Hope Dickson Leach, visit www.hopedicksonleach.com
For more from Everyman – The Mailbox, including full show times and online sales, visit www.everymancinema.com/mailbox-birmingham
For more from the British Independent Film Awards, including more details of previews and screenings, visit www.bifa.film