True North
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Writer/director Steve Hudson patterned his debut feature, True North, after classic Greek tragedy. This bleak and despairing drama concerns the Skipper (Gary Lewis) and Sean (Martin Compston), a father and son from the U.K. who co-pilot a small fishing boat called Providence. Though the Skipper remains aboard, Sean inherits all financial responsibility from his dad. But times are hard and the catch so inadequate that it cannot sustain the men. Terrified of being regarded as a failure by his father, Sean devises a dangerous scheme: he and deckhand Riley (Peter Mullan) will illegally pull… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Morally resonant [and] deeply-felt."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Watchable, low budget British drama with strong performances from Compston and Mullan."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A powerful and thought-provoking film that succeeds equally as sad human drama and compelling thriller."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"A sobering and sad story of the terrible cost of a lack of moral fiber. Not a happy yarn, but it's been well-acted, and afterward you'll feel as if you've been at sea for a week."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"The daily struggles of life at sea, as well as the almost manic revelries indulged in to forget about it, are evoked with dark wit."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"In many ways it's a disturbing story and Hudson offers few gestures of absolution, but those tiny chinks of light are all the more powerful because of it."
‑ Stella Papamichael, BBC
"The film has its moments, but it's a crude, none-too-convincing piece of work that fudges some serious issues."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"If only the characters were a little less stock and the script more waterproofed. Halfway through our journey, the cliches start seeping in."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian [UK]
"A tense thriller with an important social message."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
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