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No one disappears without a trace. 

Year: 2022 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
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 Nicholas D. Johnson & Will Merrick 
Starring: Nia Long, Storm Reid, Amy Landecker  
An image from Missing

Buy Tickets on the SU Website:
18:30 Sunday 18th June 2023


2018 saw the release of Searching, an acclaimed entry in a strangely underused subgenre. The film took the relatively rote story of a widowed father investigating the disappearance of his daughter - with the central structuring gimmick of telling the story entirely through the screen interface of a MacBook. FaceTime calls, message conversations, even news streams and security footage could be meshed together into a propulsive thriller, which took its cues from previous sleeper horror hit Unfriended: perhaps it was the allure of group-watches on the laptop of a comparable teenage audience which seemed like such a perfect fit for white-knuckle genre fare.

Anyhow, it is five years since and the follow-up is upon us. Missing is not exactly a sequel, but comes from the same creative team and utilises a similar premise to Searching. Switching the generations this time, it is a teenage daughter (Storm Reid, from Euphoria) using her 21st-century smarts on the trail of her mother (Nia Long), who has disappeared on a trip with her boyfriend. The services and technology have been duly updated to keep up with the times, so there’s no time like the present to catch this one…

Max King

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Screenings of this film:

2022/2023 Summer Term (digital)