Sam talks to filmmaker Terence Davies and star of his latest film Agyness Deyn about Sunset Song. In cinemas now.
Director: Terence Davies.
Starring: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie. UK/Luxembourg 2015. 133 mins.
Peter Mullan is the tyrannical head of an overburdened family in which only his daughter, the resigned but serene Chris (Deyn, thoroughly convincing), commands our sympathies. To escape the harsh realities of her family life and the backbreaking toil, she seeks solace with a lover, Ewan (Guthrie). But her happiness is cut short when Ewan is conscripted into the army, and their relationship is tested just as much as Chris’s loyalty to her dysfunctional family.
The lavish cinematography is also the star here, with Michael McDonough (Winter’s Bone) shooting the achingly beautiful windswept landscapes on 70mm film.