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Sponsored by: Dusk Thriller

Canadian Premiere

  • U.K. / Ireland2010
  • 93 min
  • HD
  • English
Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, South by Southwest 2010



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"The scares arrive at an impressively brisk clip... equal parts intelligent, engaging, and unexpectedly creepy" — Scott Weinberg, FEAR.NET


Director: Colm McCarthy
Screenplay: Colm McCarthy, Tom McCarthy
Cast: James Nesbitt, Kate Dickie, James Cosmo, Niall Bruton, Karen Gillan
Producers: John McDonnell, Brendan McCarthy
Print Source: Indomina Group

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North american Premiere
2010 | 9 min
French language, English subtitles



Under the inquisitive eyes of their neighbours, Mary (Kate Dickie) and her teenage son Fergal (Niall Bruton) settle into an impoverished neighbourhood. That they are moving into a dilapidated dwelling is irrelevant, seeing as they never stay anywhere for very long. Fergal’s mother is very protective and rigidly controls his comings and goings, a practice the child is evidently used to as he obeys her at every turn. Elsewhere, Cathal (James Nesbitt) is undergoing a particularly trying tattoo session which, with its inherent ancient powers, will help him begin his hunt and put him on the path to his prey. While Fergal befriends his pretty neighbour Petronella (Hanna Stanbridge)—a friendship that quickly escalates into romance—Mary covers her walls with protective symbols, some partly painted with her own blood, drawn during a ritual. As for Cathal, with the help of Liam (Ciaràn McMenamin), he continues his manhunt, a path filled with magical occurrences, leading to a young victim slated for execution. Even though Mary forbids her son to get involved with Petronella, warning him of the danger involved, he just can’t help himself. However these worries are quickly trivialized as something far more dangerous is lurking in the shadows. A savage creature that brutally devours its victims leaves a trail of corpses in its wake…

Directed with an agitated yet controlled hand, OUTCAST immediately captivates as the heavy auditory atmosphere nimbly interacts with the sordid imagery. With this enigmatic, mythology-influenced tale, director/screenwriter Colm McCarthy has returned to his roots, crafting a debut feature film inspired by the folkloric Irish stories of his youth, but anchored in modern times. Think of Mike Leigh’s social realism served with a dash of DOG SOLDIERS, topped with a David Lynch sound treatment, and you’ve got a general idea of the effective and gripping OUTCAST. In deftly mixing elements of witchcraft with more serious and adult tones, OUTCAST announces the arrival of a talented filmmaker to look out for.

—Patrick Lambert (translated by Guillaume Desbiens)

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