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UK: Verve Pictures
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Danny Dyer, Anthony Calf, Francesca Fowler, Ralph Brown, Steven Robertson, Adam Rayner, Anthony Byrne, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Neil Finnigan
Director: Dan Reed
UK: 79 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains very strong violence
UK Release Date: 27 April 2007
"Let the revenge fit the crime..."
Starring Gillian Anderson (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, BLEAK HOUSE) as Alice and Danny Dyer (OUTLAW, SEVERANCE) as Adam, STRAIGHTHEADS tells the story of two people who have never had to defend themselves against violence, and then fall victim to a terrifying, seemingly random attack. It develops into a brutal and provocative 21st-century cautionary tale about the psychological dangers and unforeseen consequences of revenge.
When Adam is invited by a beautiful, confident older woman he has just met to accompany her to a lavish party in the country he knows he is going to have the best night of his life.
That night, exhilarated by the sexual chemistry they share, and the highly charged sex they have just had, Alice and Adam speed away from the party down a wooded and desolate road in Alice's fast car. In a moment of distraction, their attention fixed on each other rather than the road, a fateful collision occurs which catapults them both into the path of a most vicious and brutal attack, the consequences of which leave them emotionally and physically scarred.
A dark and intensely disturbing horror/thriller, STRAIGHTHEADS exudes moments of eroticism fused with barbaric events that lead Alice and Adam into a spiral of violence for the sake of their own self-preservation.
STRAIGHTHEADS reflects the writer/director's post-traumatic fixations, inherited from a decade of documentary work. It is a response to the new climate of fear in the world, and the breakdown of our notions of security.