The Survivalist

Facts

Genre
Thriller
Year
2015
Status
Completed
Director
Stephen Fingleton
Producer
Robert Jones, Wayne Marc Godfrey, David Gilbery
Writer
Stephen Fingleton
Cast
Martin McCann, Mia Goth, Olwen Fouere

Logline

In a dystopian, kill-or-be-killed world where strangers are always dangerous, The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits. Until two starving women, a mother and her daughter, find his forest refuge…

Synopsis

A time of starvation. The Survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest, protecting his crop from intruders with his shotgun and improvised traps. But the long years alone have taken their toll on him, and he is beginning to lose his grip on reality. 

Everything changes when a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover the farm. Desperate for food and board, the mother offers up her daughter to spend the night with him in return for bed and board. Overcome with desire, Survivalist breaks his strict code of self-preservation and accepts them into his cabin. As the exchange becomes an uneasy ongoing arrangement, the women plot to get rid off Survivalist and have the farm for themselves.

Festivals

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BAFTA Awards 2016

Nominated, BAFTA Film Award

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Stephen Fingleton

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British Independent Film Awards 2015

Won, Douglas Hickox Award

Stephen Fingleton

Nominated, British Independent Film Award

Most Promising Newcomer

Mia Goth

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Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival 2015

Won, Citizen Kane Award for Best Directorial Revelation

Stephen Fingleton

Tribeca Film Festival 2015

Won, Best New Narrative Director - Special Jury Mention

Stephen Fingleton

Nominated, Best Narrative Feature

Stephen Fingleton

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Zurich Film Festival 2015

Nominated, Golden Eye

Best International Feature Film

Stephen Fingleton

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