In her feature film debut, Scotland-based writer and director Hope Dickson Leach tells an unflinching and yet compassionate family drama about poverty and tragedy. Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones) plays Clover, a first-year veterinarian student, who returns to the family farm in the Somerset levels. What should be the celebration of her father Aubrey (David Troughton, The Archers) handing ownership of the farm over to his son and Clover’s brother Harry, is now the planning of Harry’s funeral after his apparent suicide. The existing tension between Aubrey and Clover is tested further by Aubrey’s insistence that Harry’s death was an accident. Dickson’s Leach’s commitment to authenticity is apparent in The Levelling’s tactile and beautiful images, which convey the weight of the family’s responsibility for a farm in poor condition. In it’s powerful and sincere performances and sensitive scripting, the film draws us in with the possibility of reconciliation.
“We love this film for how it tackles family relationships and the legacy of secrets and fallouts, without being sensationalist. It’s beautiful, sympathetic and kind.” Screen Machine team
With video introduction by director Hope Dickson Leach
Content warning: suicide and use of shotguns
This screening is part of Films We Love: How We Live
For our third season, we’ve chosen films that represent the experiences closest to our own. Between July – December this year, we’re screening films from the past six years that we haven’t yet had a chance to share with our audiences, but that we hope you can relate to as much as we have.
Each of the films in this selection explores the complexity of balancing the different pressures of belonging and identity. Whether it’s living and working rurally, navigating adolescence through barriers of class and status or reconciling racial tension with multiple cultural identities, these are all themes that feel acutely part of the fabric of how we live now.
We have films here to make you laugh, think and cry, films to move you to action and feel the warmth of recognition. We hope you’ll see something of yourself in the ideas, characters and themes explored, just as we did. These are films we love – we hope you’ll love them too.
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