The spirit of Barry Hines and Ken Loach is clear to see in this electrifying thriller about honour killings.
Like the classic ’80s drama Threads, a social-realist view of life on the Yorkshire moors (beautifully framed here by Robbie Ryan) is ripped apart by a cataclysmic event. The explosion is much smaller, but the fallout is no less devastating.
This is a film that shows little, and tells less, but a profound sense of tragic irony propels the film towards its awful, inevitable conclusion. Newcomers Ahmed and Nunney give raw, unrefined performances, and shine all the brighter because of it.
Despite its questionable conclusion, Catch Me Daddy is a striking debut for two very talented British filmmakers.
CAST: Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Connor McCarron, Gary Lewis, Barney Nunney, Ali Ahmad, Wasim Zakir
DIRECTOR: Daniel Wolfe
WRITERS: Daniel and Matthew Wolfe
SYNOPSIS: Laila, a girl on the run from her family, is hiding out in Yorkshire with her drifter boyfriend Aaron. When her brother arrives in town with a gang of thugs in tow, she is forced to flee for her life and faces her darkest night.