“All I’m saying with Tyrannosaur is that this happens. People live like this and this is happening to women now and there’s not enough understanding and there’s not enough love.”
Famous for his work acting in numerous award winning British films, Northern star Paddy Considine is one of the film industry’s most cherished talents. First appearing on our peripheries playing an assortment of insidious, intriguing and damaged characters, this former student of photography has gained international notoriety for his spine-chilling and sinister on-screen deliveries. Opting for the kind of roles most actors neither desire nor even attempt, his intentions in film, lie entirely in affecting audiences on a level outside of their usual realms of emotional experience. Commended for his execution of Richard in psychological drama Dead Man’s shoes, playing a solider returning home to the West Midlands after war, Paddy exudes a brutal kind of fragility playing complex individuals. Most commonly associated with long-term pal and critically acclaimed director Shane Meadows, Paddy was previously unknown for his own abilities directing and script-writing, until now.
Released on Friday in UK cinemas, Tyrannosaur marks Paddy’s debut working behind the scenes for the big screen. Starring Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan, this feature-length film tells the tale a woman trapped in the confines of an abusive relationship, who then finds relief from her torment within the kinship and sympathy of a stranger. Devastatingly honest and intense, Paddy’s script writing techniques are intended to shock, but then awaken. Discussing the morality of the film, Paddy said, “Just don’t judge people, don’t make face value judgements of people you don’t know. That drunk guy you’re avoiding on the street has a story, he had circumstances that put him in that place. There’s a reason for everything, there’s cause and effect.”
Exemplifying the kind of important, left wing attitude British cinema is famous for, Paddy Considine establishes himself as an earth-shattering, uncensored story-teller with this latest offering. Taking the Sundance Film Festival by storm this year, Tyrannosaur won The World Cinema Award for Directing, whilst Peter Mullan and Olivia Coleman both won Breakout Performances of the Year. Beautiful, brave, raw and abrasive this is cinematography at its finest. An incredible slice of one man’s life and self-crafted abilities, executed with bare conviction.