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Surge (15)

04 Jun
10 Jun 2021

Directed by

Aneil Karia


Ben Whishaw gives a deliriously committed performance in BAFTA-nominated British filmmaker Aneil Karia’s feature debut, a gripping and exhilarating thriller developed from Karia’s short Beat. Whishaw plays Joseph, an emotionally unstable airport security officer beset by loneliness, insomnia and unresolved feelings for his co-worker Lily (Jasmine Jobson). After lashing out at work, he goes on a chaotic odyssey through London, experiencing surreal and disturbing encounters with strangers (and more tender ones with Lily and his troubled parents) as his actions push him closer and closer to breaking point – and/or liberation. 

"Karia is a smart film-maker and this is a valuable beginning" - The Guardian