Better Things

a DUANE HOPKINS picture

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Title

Better Things

Director

Duane Hopkins

Producer

Samm Haillay, Rachel Robey

Nationality

UK

Year

2008

Duration

93'

Language

English

Format

5.1

Ratio

2:35

Original Title

Better Things

Synopsis

Synopsis

A new voice in British cinema, Duane Hopkins’ powerful debut delivers a sharp insight into the lives of British youth.

Gail’s agoraphobia keeps her inside where she escapes into romance novels. She shares a house with her Nan. Gradually, they both try to reach out to each other. Rob has to come to terms with the loss of his girlfriend. Mr & Mrs Gladwin are going through a shift in their 60 year relationship. Years of unspoken truths have built a barrier between them that Mrs Gladwin, in her abiding love, tries to erode with little gestures.

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Press

"Beautifully shot with cast of eye-catching non-pros… Pic gives a special twist to U.K. tradition of social realism by juxtaposing the natural and the constructed. Sharp tech package combines glowing and gritty"

VARIETY

"Writer-director Duane Hopkins’ debut feature displays considerable craft, he elicits affecting performances from a mostly non-professional cast"

SCREEN DAILY

"This Short Cuts-style film, full of fragile hopes and imbued with a deathly atmosphere, is outstanding in terms of its directorial approach"

CINEUROPA

"His surprisingly quiet film speaks volumes.This is because, where other films have chosen to go down urban routes described variously as “gritty”, “violent” and, occasionally, “blackly comic”, Hopkins has opted for a style that is in your face in quite another fashion…while studies of isolation have been made before, Hopkins uses his camera to really make you take a long, hard look at these people…Hopkins marks himself out as a man of unique vision who isn’t afraid to try something different to encourage an audience to think"

EYE FOR FILM

"Filled with beautifully composed still images and poetic sensibitlity"

INDIEWIRE

Festivals
& Awards

Cannes International Film Festival
Critic's week

Stockholm Film Festival
Won FIPRESCI Prize

Toronto International Film Festival

Athens Film Festival

Helsinki International Film Festival

São Paulo International Film Festival

Febio Film Festival

CPH:PIX

Reykjavik International Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Rachel McIntyre
Emma Cooper
Liam McIlfatrick
Che Corr
Freddie Cunliffe
Jane Foxhall
Tara Ballard
Betty Bench
Frank Bench
Director Duane Hopkins
Writer Duane Hopkins
Producers Rachel Robey
Samm Haillay
Co-producers Helge Albers, Alexander O'Neal
Alastair Clark
Cinematographer Lol Crawley
Editor Chris Barwell
Composer Dan Berridge
Art Director Jane Levick
Costume Design Mel O'Connor

Releases

France - Memento

21.01.2009

Poland - Vivarto

10.07.2009

United Kingdom - Reelport

23.01.2009