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Awards

BFI London Film Festival Winner IWC Award Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection Gotebord Film Festival Official Selection
Les Arcs Film Festival Official Selectionthessaloniki film festival official selection

Press

"ELLIE KENDRICK IS RIVETING. THE LEVELLING IS A... SUPERBLY CRAFTED DRAMA WITH A POWERFUL SENSE OF PLACE. THE FILM BELONGS TO KENDRICK, AND THE SHIFTING PLAY OF EMOTION ON HER FACE - SUSPICIOUS, ACCUSATORY, AGGRIEVED, GUILTY - IS NOTHING LESS THAN RIVETING."
- LOS ANGELES TIMES


"ELLIE KENDRICK IS RIVETING. HOPE DICKSON LEACH’S FEATURE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT IS STARTLINGLY ASSURED."
- VARIETY


"THE LEVELLING ISN’T JUST ONE OF THE BEST DEBUT FILMS OF THE YEAR, BUT ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST FILMS, PERIOD... A WRENCHINGLY MOVING, BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED WORK. BUT IT’S KENDRICK WHO DOMINATES THE FILM... AND IT’S AN ASTONISHING PERFORMANCE. IT’S A RISKY THING FOR ANY PERFORMER TO DO, BUT SHE CONSISTENTLY FINDS NEW WAYS TO TELL US ABOUT HER CHARACTER, AND IT SHOULD BE A STAR-MAKING PERFORMANCE AS A RESULT, REMINDING US OF JENNIFER LAWRENCE IN “WINTER’S BONE,” FOR ONE."
- THE PLAYLIST


"POISED AND HIGHLY PROMISING... ELLIE KENDRICK REVEALS A COMPELLING SCREEN PRESENCE. THE SENSITIVITY OF THE PERFORMANCES, THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND ECONOMICAL STORYTELLING ALL HELP TO MARK OUT HOPE DICKSON LEACH AS A TALENT TO WATCH. THE LEVELLING MAY NOT ARRIVE WITH GUNS BLAZING AND AN ATTENTION GRABBING BAG OF TRICKS BUT IT HAS A CALM ASSURANCE AND BROODING TENSION THAT ARE JUST AS NOTEWORTHY."
- SCREEN DAILY


"QUIETLY IMPRESSIVE. ELLIE KENDRICK (WHO MOST PEOPLE MAY KNOW AS MEERA REED ON GAME OF THRONES) ANCHORING THE FILM WITH A PERFORMANCE THAT OFFERS A COMPLEX, POIGNANT PORTRAIT"
- PASTE MAGAZINE


"A HAUNTING, PALPABLE PARABLE OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS CHRONICLING A GRIEF-STRICKEN PRODIGAL DAUGHTER'S RETURN HOME TO RECONCILE WITH HER ESTRANGED FATHER AND TO CONDUCT A POST MORTEM ON HER BROTHER'S UNTIMELY PASSING. EXCELLENT! FOUR STARS"
- KAM WILLIAMS, BARET NEWS SYNDICATE


"FOUR STARS. THE LEVELLING IS A WONDERFUL FIRST FEATURE FROM HOPE DICKSON LEACH... LEAVENED WITH SUBTLE HOPE VIA ELLIE KENDRICK’S SUPERB CENTRAL PERFORMANCE."
- WE GOT THIS COVERED


"QUIETLY MOVING, SENSITIVE, YET UNSENTIMENTAL. KENDRICK IS MESMERIZING. A REMARKABLE AND CONFIDENT DEBUT... HAUNTING"
- SCREEN ANARCHY


"EXTRAORDINARY. THE ACTING IS OFF THE CHARTS HERE, PARTICULARLY A SHOCKINGLY NUANCED PERFORMANCE BY KENDRICK, WHO GIVES A STAR-MAKING SLOW BURN OF A PERFORMANCE."
- POPENTERTAINMENT


"IT'S A BEAUTIFUL FILM THAT HAS GOTTEN RAVE REVIEWS FROM CRITICS AND FESTIVAL GOERS– HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU CHECK IT OUT!"
- THE DIRECTOR LIST


"4 STARS. THE LEVELLING IS A FINELY-CRAFTED MASTERCLASS IN LOW-KEY BUT EXTREMELY AFFECTING, QUALITY, CHARACTER-DRIVEN DRAMA, MUCH WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION. KENDRICK AND TROUGHTON, BOTH OF WHO DELIVER IN SPADES... SAVOR THE MAGNIFICENT, INTRICATE AND EXTREMELY POWERFUL SCREENPLAY AND DELIVER WITH GUSTO AS THE PLOT SLOWLY UNWINDS TOWARDS A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL AND INEVITABLE, DEVASTATING CLIMAX."
- THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS


"THE LEVELLING IS A REMARKABLE FILM. WITH COMPLEX CHARACTERS, SKILLED PERFORMANCES, AND DEFT DIRECTION, IT’S A FILM THAT WILL CAPTIVATE YOU."
- REEL HONEST REVIEWS


"FIVE STARS. A FILM THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED GREAT. HEARTFELT AND COMPLETELY DEVASTATING. DO NOT MISS THIS."
- THE UPCOMING


"TOP-TIER FILMMAKING AND PERFORMANCES MAKE THE LEVELLING A MUST-SEE. THIS POWERHOUSE DRAMA... DEMANDS TO BE SEEN, DISCUSSED AND CELEBRATED. THE PERFORMANCES HERE ARE SIMPLY FLAWLESS."
- CHICAGO NOW


"ASTONISHING"
- SEVENTH ROW


"THE LEVELLING IS SOMEHOW BEAUTIFUL WITHOUT TRYING TO BE. SO IS ITS STAR, ELLIE KENDRICK. THERE IS STRENGTH AND VULNERABILITY TO BOTH."
- ASSHOLES WATCHING MOVIES


"FOUR STARS"
- FESTIVAL REVIEWS.ORG


Synopsis

Somerset, England. Trainee veterinarian Clover Catto (ELLIE KENDRICK) returns to the farm where she grew up after hearing news that her brother Harry (JOE BLAKEMORE) has died - in what appears to be a suicide. Finding the family home in a state of horrendous disrepair following the 2014 floods that devastated the area, Clover is forced to confront her father Aubrey (DAVID TROUGHTON) - about the farm, the livestock and, crucially, the details surrounding Harry's death. Clover's discoveries send her on an emotional journey of reckoning - with her family, her childhood and herself.

Cast & Crew

Written an Directed by: Hope Dickson Leach

Produced by: Rachel Robey

Starring: Ellie Kendrick ("Game of Thrones", "The Diary of Anne Frank", An Education), David Troughton, Jack Holden, and Joe Blakemore


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