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Year: 2016 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Alice Lowe 
Starring: Jo Hartley, Gemma Whelan, Alice Lowe  
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What do you do when your child’s a natural born killer, before it’s even born?

Pregnancy can be a difficult time for any woman, but Ruth (Alice Lowe), is finding it particularly trying. Recently widowed and dealing with what she calls a “hostile takeover” of her body, she goes on a killing spree against those who wronged her, seemingly guided by the voice of her unborn child. Some might say she’s not coping well...

But is she just going crazy? Is her child evil? Is there any way to stop her child’s foetal attraction? And is she starting to enjoy her homicidal rampage just a little too much?

With lines as sharp as the knives she wields, Lowe is a master at capturing an unmistakably British sense of humour, as well as absolutely ludicrous moments you just can’t help laughing at. Film fans may recognise Lowe from the black comedy, Sightseers (and Yara from Game of Thrones – Gemma Whelan), though in this film she writes and directs the film (as well as acting) so has free rein to follow her instincts. This is an impressive and inventive directorial debut, as Lowe is just as adept at writing scenes that become slowly but surely unnerving, as she is at the humour that flows very naturally from the tension she creates.

Natalie Tyldesley-Marshall

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Screenings of this film:

2016/2017 Summer Term (digital)