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  • Production
  • 15
  • Horror, Thriller
  • 2005
  • 91 mins




There's trouble in the cowshed in this sombre revenge-of-nature flick, set on an isolated farm in Ireland


Dan (John Lynch) cuts an isolated figure. Living by himself on the dilapidated bog farm that he has inherited from his father, his wife has long since disappeared, his brief relationship with vet Orla (Essie Davis) is over, and he doesn't even have a telephone. Yet Dan is not entirely alone: Orla still helps out with the animals, a scientist named John (Marcel Iures) occasionally turns up to carry out genetics experiments on bovine fertility in a rented outbuilding, and the fugitive traveler Jamie (Sean Harris) and his black girlfriend Mary (Ruth Negga) are illegally encamped on the edge of the property. And, as Dan will soon learn during the difficult birth of a calf one night, the farm has another, altogether more unwelcome visitor that will soon threaten the livestock, the five humans, and the world beyond - if, that is, the visitor can't be isolated.

Isolation was written and directed by Billy O'Brien (The Hybrid) and produced by Bertrand Faivre (Joyeux Noel), Ed Guiney (The Guard, Frank) and Ruth Kenley-Letts (Strictly Sinatra).

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Marcel Iures, John Lynch, Stanley Townsend, Sean Harris, Crispin Letts, Essie Davis, Ruth Negga
  • Director: Billy O'Brien
  • Screen Writer: Billy O'Brien
  • Producer: Bertrand Faivre, Ruth Kenley-Letts, Ed Guiney
  • Photographer: Robbie Ryan
  • Composer: Adrian Johnston

In a nutshell

Isolation premiered at TIFF in September 2005 and was released in Ireland on September 29 2006. It is available to buy on DVD now.

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