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THE LAST GREAT WILDERNESS
UK: Feature Film Company
Cast: Alastair Mackenzie, Jonathan Phillips, Victoria Smurfit, Ewan Stewart, David Hayman, Ford Kiernan, John Comerford, Louise Irwin, Sheila Donald, Jane Stenson
Director: David Mackenzie
Countries: UK / Denmark
UK: 92 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains very strong language and some strong violence
UK Release Date: 9 May 2003
What happens in a road movie when the road runs out? What happens when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, in a microcosm of anarchy where anything goes? What happens when you take the trip to the last great wilderness?
Defying expectation every step of the way, THE LAST GREAT WILDERNESS is a comedy thriller, which explores revenge and recovery, love and loss, and the journey into our own private wildernesses.
Set against the rugged backdrop of the Scottish Highlands, it is a road movie that takes you on a journey into darkness, where fear is never more than a breath away from laughter, where the surreal stands alongside the terrifying reality and anticipation of revenge.
Charlie and Vincente are on a journey, set in motion by revenge. Charlie is driving to Skye to avenge the musician who has stolen his wife. He is tortured by the song that unnamed nemesis, Jarvis Cocker, has written for her. Charlie meets Vincente, a pseudo Spaniard and a gigolo at the end of his career, who is desperate for a lift to get to a remote airfield. It transpires that he is escaping a contract castration ordered by a man who caught him in bed with his wife. In an unlikely pairing, the two desperate men - one escaping and one seeking revenge - set out on a journey north to play out their parallel fates. But when the car breaks down on an isolated road, they take refuge in a surreal gothic retreat, pervaded by a weird hedonism, where individualism is the only law.
Charlie and Vincente inadvertently pick the scab off the retreat's surface. When the emotions, fears and the horrors of these individuals come pouring out the result is hilarious and terrifying mayhem.