Archive of films For Those in Peril / For Those in Peril

United Kingdom
2013, 93 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2013

Shot with documentary rawness, the film plays out in a remote Scottish fishing community where it focuses on 18-year-old Aaron’s hopeless struggle to return to normal life. An outcast in his own village, Aaron falls further and further into a world verging on the surreal. The picture screened in the Critics’ Week at this year’s Cannes IFF.


Captivating in its documentary rawness and set on the remote Scottish coast, For Those in Peril follows 18-year-old Aaron as he struggles in vain to re-enter normal life – he is the only one of five young fishermen to survive a strange and mystery-shrouded accident at sea that also killed his older brother. The local fishermen and villagers blame him for the unexplained tragedy, and so Aaron gradually becomes an outcast in his own home. The deeper he falls into his own world, the more he is convinced that he will meet his brother again. Neither his mother nor his brother’s girlfriend is capable of reaching out to him as he mourns. Debuting director Paul Wright masterfully works with music and the sounds of the ocean to intensify the disassociated, claustrophobic space inhabited by Aaron’s soul. This visually impressive film by a promising British director was successfully screened as part of Critics’ Week at this year’s festival in Cannes.

About the director

Paul Wright (1981, Lower Largo, Scotland) studied film at RSAMD in Glasgow, where he shot his first short film Hikikomori (2007), which won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Debut and the Best Drama award from the Royal Television Society, and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Short. In 2008 he shot the short film Believe, which won the Golden Leopard for Best Short at the 2009 Locarno International Film Festival and the main prizes in Winterthur and Leeds. His next short, Photos of God, was shown at the 2010 Berlinale. His graduation film, Until the River Runs Red, won the 2011 BAFTA Award for Best Short and the Grand Prix at the 7th Prague Short Film Festival in 2012. For Those in Peril is his feature debut.


Protagonist Pictures
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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Paul Wright
Screenplay: Paul Wright
Dir. of Photography: Benjamin Kračun
Music: Erik Enocksson
Editor: Michael Aaglund
Producer: Mary Burke, Polly Stokes
Production: Warp X
Cast: George Mackay, Kate Dickie, Nichola Burley
Contact: Protagonist Pictures


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