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Tyrannosaur out October 7 – Dynamic Debuts

04 October 2011

Tyrannosaur is the story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating results on both of their lives.

This Friday sees the release of actor Paddy Considine’s first directorial outing in the form of the tremendous Tyrannosaur. It might not feature as many dinosaurs as you expect, but it delivers a killing blow nonetheless.

As one of the best British releases of the year, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the most memorable British directorial debuts of recent years...

Submarine – Richard Ayoade

Better known for his acting work in TV comedy The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade went behind the lens to release the touching and eccentrically comic Submarine. Based on a book and uniting a talented cast including the likes of Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine and Sally Hawkins, the film received much critical acclaim and provided Ayoade with a backstage pass into the world of British filmmakers.

Attack the Block – Joe Cornish

Another British talent comes in the form of TV show host Joe Cornish, better known as one half of the infamous ‘Adam and Joe’ show. His first foray into the world of directing came in the form of alternative alien invasion flick Attack the Block that pit a teen gang against a group of savage alien monsters. With comic favourite Nick Frost in attendance and a host of young new talent flexing their muscles (literally!), Attack the Block proved Joe Cornish was made for more than TV.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Garth Jennings

Based on Douglas Adams’ infamous science fiction comedy series of the same name, Garth Jennings’ 2005 directorial debut The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy brought the classic story into the new millennium. With Brit favourites Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman and Alan Rickman leading the field, the film helped Jennings’ create a name for himself in the cinema industry.

Twenty Four Seven – Shane Meadows

A name now synonymous with British cinema, Shane Meadow’s had made a lot more than This is England. Before his most famous work came Dead Man’s Shoes (on which he worked with Paddy Considine) and his very first feature 24 7:Twenty Four Seven. A film that displayed England’s gang culture to great effect, it also had the pulling power of Bob Hoskins.  The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1997 and was subsequently nominated for a BAFTA in 1998, solidifying Meadows’ name in the British history books.

Tyrannosaur – Paddy Considine

A moving story of finding redemption and love in the most unlikely places, Tyrannosaur follows the story of two damaged people brought together by circumstance: Joseph (Mullan), an unemployed widower, crippled by his own volatile temperament; and Hannah (Colman), a respectable charity shop worker, whose apparent happiness belies troubles of her own. This gripping drama is a superb surprise from an actor better known for his comic tendencies. Defined by powerhouse performances and a deeply affecting story, Tyrannosaur is released this Friday.

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