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  • Production
  • 18
  • Drama
  • 2011
  • 92 mins

Tyrannosaur

Film4 Tyrannosaur

Synopsis

Joseph (Peter Mullan) struggles to cope in life, while Hannah (Olivia Colman) looks for a way out of her abusive relationship, in Paddy Considine's directorial debut.

About

Tyrannosaur is the story of Joseph (Peter Mullan), a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating consequences for both of them.

Renowned film and TV actor Paddy Considine (Dead Man's Shoes, The Red Riding Trilogy) makes his feature writer/director debut with Tyrannosaur, an exploration of how love and friendship can be found in the darkest of places. Tyrannosaur stars Peter Mullan (My Name Is Joe, Trainspotting), Olivia Colman (Peep Show, The Iron Lady, Hyde Park On Hudson) and Eddie Marsan (Happy Go Lucky, Vera Drake).

A Warp X and Inflammable Films production, Tyrannosaur was shot on location in Leeds and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, going on to win Sundance prizes for its direction and performances. An autumn UK release followed in October 2011, to great critical acclaim plus awards and nominations from the London Film Critics Circle, The Evening Standard Awards, The British Independent Film Awards, Bafta, Dinard, Nantucket, Chicago, The Independent Spirit Awards and the Empire Awards.

Press quotes

"Thoroughly satisfying, with a sledgehammer-swinging performance by Scottish actor Peter Mullan. Considine crafts a gut-wrenching tale of a blighty bar lout and the repressed Christian shopkeeper who brings light into his life." John Lopez - Vanity Fair

"In Considine's confident hands and those of his tremendous actors, the emotional arc is rich and full, leaving us shaken and breathless before allowing a whisper of atonement." David Rooney - Reuters

"If you want to see something special by a highly assured new director, make sure you buy a ticket." - the Guardian

"Know what to expect: a punchy, heartfelt drama that confirms that Considine's qualities as an actor translate effortlessly behind the camera." - Total Film

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Peter Mullan, Eddie Marsan, Sian Breckin, Olivia Colman
  • Director: Paddy Considine
  • Writer: Paddy Considine
  • Producer: Diarmid Scrimshaw
  • Photographer: Erik Wilson
  • Composer: Dan Baker, Chris Baldwin

The bottom line

A Film4/Warp X co-production, the multi-award winning Tyrannosaur was released in October 2011 and won praise from most major UK critics, including The Telegraph's Robbie Collin, who said: "Tyrannosaur is a fearsome debut but it's subtler than the title suggests - and the film's uplifting moments make it easier to recommend than the average British misery flick." It is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Tyrannosaur Q&As

  • Film4 Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur

    Paddy Considine

    The acclaimed actor talks to Sarah Cooper about his directorial debut

  • Film4 Olivia Colman on Tyrannosaur, Peep Show and more

    Olivia Colman

    An exclusive video interview with the BAFTA-nominated actress

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