Captain John Boyd receives a promotion after defeating the enemy command in a battle of the Mexican-American War, but because the general realizes it was an act of cowardice that got him there, he is given a backhanded promotion to Fort Spencer, where he is third in command. The others at the fort are two Indians, George and his sister, Martha, who came with the place, Chaplain Toffler, Reich, the soldier; Cleaves, a drugged-up cook; and Knox, who is frequently drunk. When a Scottish stranger named Colquhoun appears and recovers from frostbite almost instantly after being bathed, he tells a story about his party leader, Ives, eating members of the party to survive. As part of their duty, they must go up to the cave where this occurred to see if any have survived. Only Martha, Knox, and Cleaves stay behind. George warns that since Colquhoun admits to eating human flesh, he must be a Wendigo, a ravenous cannibalistic creature. —IMDb
Antonia Bird (born 1959) is an English director.
Bird was born in London. She began her career at the Royal Court Theatre before moving to television in the mid 1980s, directing episodes of EastEnders (1985-1986), Casualty (1986-1987), and drama serials like Thin Air (1988) and The Men’s Room (1991). In 1993, Antonia Bird won a Best First Feature award at the Edinburgh International Television Festival and a BAFTA award for the Best Single Drama for Safe. Her first cinema release came with Priest (1994), which was criticized by the Catholic Church.
Bird later directed several films, including Mad Love (1995), Face (1997), Ravenous (1999), and Care (2000).
While noted for her realistic, socially-aware films (she is a great admirer of Ken Loach), Bird’s largest-scale movie to date is 1999’s Ravenous. Starring her frequent collaborator Robert Carlyle, the film started shooting with another director, Milcho Manchevski. When Manchevski suddenly left the production, and… read more
Handsomely mounted sick joke of a campfire story, anchored by two exceptional performances--Robert Carlyle at his best, veering from tormented to debonair to a hungry animal, and Guy Pearce playing against type as a cowardly reluctant hero, with a terrific score courtesy of Albarn and Nyman.