Surge

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    Surge

    Directed by

    United Kingdom

    2020

    99 min

    • English

    Drama

    Joseph works in security at a London airport. His life proceeds in an orderly fashion but, in spite of his contact with other people during the course of his job, he seems to be isolated from his surroundings. The anxiety felt by some passengers when they are patted down before check-in and the impersonal atmosphere amongst his colleagues both affect him. After a visit to his parents, something snaps inside this loner and another Joseph comes to light: one who takes what he wants, invades others’ personal space and does not even shy away from criminal acts. Between eruption, escalation and destruction, he undergoes a painful process of self-discovery, the starting point of which is closer than we would like to admit to the actual living and working conditions of many people.

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    Cast
    Ben Whishaw
    Ellie Haddington
    Jasmine Jobson
    Ian Gelder
    Screenplay
    Rita Kalnejais
    Rupert Jones
    Cinematography
    Stuart Bentley
    Editing
    Amanda James
    Music
    Tsujiko Noriko

    Director's Statement

    I wanted the film to be first and foremost a kind of experience and a ride, more than governed by the plot

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    Aneil Karia

    Aneil Karia

    United Kingdom

    Aneil Karia was born in England in 1984. In 2013, he made the short film BEAT which screened at film festivals around the world. His second short, WORK, was nominated for a BIFA and a BAFTA award. He also worked as a director on the series PURE and TOP BOY. SURGE (2020) is his debut feature film.