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57 Ratings


Directed by Sean Durkin
United Kingdom, 2013


In this timely and ambitious four-part dramatic series, director Sean Durkin and celebrated British television writer Tony Grisoni tell the tragic tale of a “sleepy little English market town” turned upside down when one of its little-liked residents turns his guns on his fellow citizens.

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Southcliffe Directed by Sean Durkin

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

2014 | Winner: Best Leading Actor (Television)

2014 | 3 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor (Television)

Critics reviews

…Southcliffe doesn’t become compelling until the third of four episodes—though even then, as Rory Kinnear’s Southcliffe-raised, London-based TV reporter is drunkenly shouting that the town deserved what it got, the movie has safely left the realm of common sense. Some affecting turns (by Shirley Henderson and especially Eddie Marsan as a grieving couple) salvage some of it, but the film is an unilluminating—and, with its unvaried palette of gray tones, under-illuminated—wallow in grief.
September 08, 2013
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I am not a TV critic, and so I would not deign to discuss Southcliffe in that regard, but as an ordinary viewer I found the miniseries format to have problems not unlike those of narrative shorts: too much information crammed in a space that didn’t permit breadth or development… this is the fundamental problem: a work of cinema would probably strive to do less, and hit the mark, or not be cued to predetermined episodic beats.
September 02, 2013
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