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Dark River

Following the death of her abusive father (Sean Bean), Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years to claim the tenancy of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there, she encounters her older brother Joe (Mark Stanley), a man she barely recognizes, who has been worn down by years of struggling to keep the farm going while caring for their sick father. Joe is surprised by Alice’s sudden arrival, angered by her claim and finds her presence increasingly impossible. As she battles to regain control in this fraught and fragile situation, Alice must confront traumatic memories and family betrayals in order to find a way to restore the farm and salvage the fraying bond with her brother.

Film By

  • Clio Barnard

Run Time

  • 89 minutes


  • Ruth Wilson
  • Mark Stanley
  • Esmé Creed-Miles
  • Sean Bean

"Ruth Wilson is utterly heartbreaking"

The List

"The fiercely intelligent, visually inventive, and innovative film-maker who gave us THE ARBOR and THE SELFISH GIANT"

The Guardian

"A career best performance for Ruth Wilson…superior film-making"


"Superbly atmospheric"

LA Times

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