Dark River

Dark River

Dark River

Clio Barnard follows The Selfish Giant with this Yorkshire-set drama exploring the fragility of familial relationships. Stars Ruth Wilson (Locke).

After her father dies, a young woman returns to her Yorkshire village for the first time in 15 years to claim the family farm she believes is hers.

Winner of the Platform Prize - Honourable Mention, 2017 Toronto International Film Festival
201789 minsUK
DramaMysteryThriller

Dark River / Reviews

Variety

Variety

There's scarcely room here for improvement at the level of craft or performance; in particular, it's gratifying to see leading lady Ruth Wilson headlining a big-screen vehicle worthy of her flinty brilliance.

Full review
Total Film

Total Film

Rural life is familiar terrain for British cinema, but with Barnard as our guide, it remains an enthralling destination.

Full review
The Guardian

The Guardian

Wilson and Stanley are both excellent performers and they are the mainstays of a valuable piece of work, but I felt the ending was contrived and a bit grandiloquent.

Full review
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Once again, Barnard delivers an intimate take on a difficult subject, raising anticipation for her future work should she decide to scale up.

Full review
Independent

Independent

This is a powerful film with a grinding intensity about it. Light relief it isn't but Dark River still has quite an impact.

Full review
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A moving, North of England-set portrait of marginalised working-class cultures and the resilience of damaged children.

Full review
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

This is a wilder, bigger thing than just another farmyard sink drama. There may be little you haven't seen elsewhere, but there's no denying the skill here.

Full review