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World Premiere

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  • U.K.
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  • 2011
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  • 93 min
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  • HD
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  • English
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Hosted by Writer/Director/Producer David Bryant

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Director: David Bryant
Screenplay: David Bryant
Cast: John Bocelli, Sarah Coyle, Andy Cresswell, Nina Millns
Producers: David Bryant
Print Source: Menan Films

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Playback in Black: the Next Wave



VICTIMS is a film about human emotions, about people in extreme circumstances and how life can change in the blink of an eye.” – Writer/Director David Bryant

Many films in recent years have adopted the verite found-footage approach to genre film storytelling. Few have been anything other than lazy imitations of previous successes. Not this one. Not remotely.

On the morning of his wedding day, a man (John Bocelli) is abducted by a pack of hooded thugs, beaten brutally and thrown into the back of a van. As the vehicle drives off towards destinations unknown, he is interrogated by his captors. We learn that the hooded figures are members of a citizen’s vigilante league. That they are convinced this man once lived a very different life and is now existing under the protection of an assumed identity. They believe he long-ago committed an unspeakable crime in the shadow years of his early adolescence, and they plan on forcing a confession out of him, after which he will be executed. Between that time and now, every moment of the discussions and confrontations that transpire will be documented, the footage to be posted online as a warning to other predators who exist closeted among us. But what if they’re wrong? What if this man — now a trembling mass of tears and blood — is exactly who he claims to be?

A real-time dramatic thriller that ups the ante by going down in a single 90-minute take (!), with zero ADR and no music score to speak of, VICTIMS takes subjectively-shot “POV filmmaking” to powerful heights. This is a film driven by raw emotional force in its quest for maximum realism and with that, maximum effect. It delivers on every promise. Shooting in such a wildly prolonged take has allowed Bryant’s performers to stay in-the-moment and ride dramatic ascensions with extraordinary candor. The honesty he captures through this approach is positively gut-wrenching. Replete with escalating terror and haunting moral quandaries, VICTIMS hits home with remarkable impact. It signals an exciting rebirth for a storytelling style that was beginning to look like it was down for the count, and it takes chances — successfully — in ways that better-heeled studio filmmakers would do well to notice and learn from.

—Mitch Davis

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