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The Levelling

Game of Thrones star in gripping local drama
The Film Night choice at Clayhidon Parish Hall on 10 November, The Levelling, stays with you like a remembered dream, one critic wrote. A disturbing dream, by all accounts. This low budget scary movie, set in the muddy wastes of the Somerset Levels, is a corker.

Trainee vet Clover (Ellie Kendrick from Game of Thrones) returns to her family’s waterlogged dairy farm after many years away, following news that her brother has died from a shotgun wound. As she tries to discover what really happened, her relationship with her father, Aubrey (David Troughton), is in as much disrepair as their uninhabitable home and damaged business.

While there is huge local interest in this film, the national critics loved it, with the Rotten Tomatoes tomatometer awarding it 93 per cent. Film buffs’ website Den of Geek called it one of the best films of the year - a superb drama “that sinks its hooks into you, doesn't let go, and takes you utterly by surprise. . .  It'll be rattling around your head non-stop on the way out.”

 It’s about life and work on a devastated farm in the aftermath of the floods of 2014, in a countryside “whose beauty is not charming or picturesque, but menacing, uncompromising, unforgiving”, according to The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, who described it as “a superbly shot and piercingly acted realist tragedy”. A reviewer on the arts website The Skinny said “it manages to hit you like a ton of bricks”.

This is an astonishingly good debut film by director Hope Dickson Leach. We can’t promise you a load of laughs, but we can offer a thought provoking evening in the company of friends and neighbours, with ice cream, popcorn and a glass of wine from our licensed bar.

The Levelling (certificate 15) is at Clayhidon Parish Hall (Battle Street, EX15 3PL) on Friday, 17 November.  Doors open at 7pm and the first short film starts at 7.30. We hope you can join us. Tickets are £6, available on the door or to reserve call Lucy Ball on 01823 680607 or email lucyball132@btinternet.com

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