A new voice in British cinema, Duane Hopkins’ powerful debut delivers a sharp insight into the lives of British youth.
Gail’s agoraphobia keeps her inside where she escapes into romance novels. She shares a house with her Nan. Gradually, they both try to reach out to each other. Rob has to come to terms with the loss of his girlfriend. Mr & Mrs Gladwin are going through a shift in their 60 year relationship. Years of unspoken truths have built a barrier between them that Mrs Gladwin, in her abiding love, tries to erode with little gestures.
Duane Hopkins (born 22 July 1973) is an English film director, artist and photographer.
His first short film, Field, made in 2001, premiered at Cannes Film Festival as part of International Critics’ Week. A dark, unblinking tale of rural adolescence, Field went on to win a host of prizes at festivals internationally. Hopkins followed Field in 2003 with his second short film Love Me Or Leave Me Alone, made as part of Film 4 and UK Film Council’s Cinema Extreme scheme for new British filmmaking talent. Love Me Or Leave Me Alone, ‘a study in the articulations and limitations of first love’, premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival where it won Best British Short Film. Like Field it was highly successful; together the two films gathered over 30 international awards.
Hopkins then wrote and directed his debut feature film Better Things. Shot on location in the West Midlands of England, Better Things premiered at International Critics’ Week in Cannes 2008, where it… read more
I do have several reservations about the acting, and thematics of this film, but visually and stylistically it is a great mood piece. Fantastic to see a British director employing this kind of approach to cinema, and treating it as a visual art. I'm looking forward to seeing more from Hopkins.
"It's a good life you have, as long as you don't weaken" speaks a character here before her own demise. But this is a film of the drug addled, the disappointed, the shut-ins; those who have weakened. Quite the depressing little calling card from director Hopkins who one can suppose/hope will have some interesting films in the near future. Good use of music especially the scenes set to Bach.