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United Kingdom
2013, 85 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2014

Ivan Locke is on his way down from Birmingham to London and during the drive he makes several important phone calls. Just a few hours previously he had made a decision which is about to change his life. Acclaimed screenwriter and director Steven Knight offers up an extremely human minimalistic drama about one ordinary man.


Ivan Locke has a wife, two sons and a good job. It’s late at night and Locke is driving down from Birmingham to London. In the car he makes several important phone calls which irrevocably change his life. He speaks to his wife Katrina; his sons; Bethan, a former associate; and also with his boss Gareth and colleague Donal. From the passenger’s seat, the viewer observes Locke’s sincere, yet ruthless attempt to put into effect the decision he made just a few hours previously. Locke is now beginning to sense the difference between "never” and "once”.... Acclaimed screenwriter and director Steven Knight here demonstrates that, to create a powerful film, all you need is fourteen days, a superb actor – the outstanding Tom Hardy, a first-rate script and a tiny set, in this case, the inside of a car. The lights along the motorway give the film an almost mystical atmosphere, accompanying Locke’s transition between two lives. This exceptionally human drama, which prompts all sorts of questions in the viewer relating to his own life attitudes, has been screened at numerous film festivals since its premiere at last year’s Venice IFF.

About the director

Steven Knight

Steven Knight (b. 1959, Marlborough, United Kingdom) studied English literature at University College London. He worked for British television from 1988, collaborating on the shows "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”, "The Detectives” and "Commercial Breakdown” for the BBC. He wrote the scripts for the award-winning films Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Amazing Grace (2006) and Eastern Promises (2007), which brought him nominations for Academy, BAFTA and EFA awards. In 2013 he debuted in feature film with Hummingbird. His second film Locke was presented at last year’s Venice IFF. He also wrote the stage play The President of an Empty Room for London’s National Theatre, and has published four novels. His latest script The Hundred-Foot Journey will be filmed by director Lasse Hällström.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Steven Knight
Screenplay: Steven Knight
Dir. of Photography: Haris Zambarloukos
Music: Dickon Hinchliffe
Editor: Justine Wright
Producer: Paul Webster, Guy Heeley
Production: Shoebox Films
Cast: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman
Contact: IM Global

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