Dark River

Synopsis: Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.
Director(s): Clio Barnard
Production: Left Bank Pictures
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min


And away.

- Getting a full one?

- Yeah. We've got to get a full one.

I hate 'em without handles.

I know.

- Do you want me to...

- No, it's all right, I got it. Okay.

- Your wages.

- Yeah, thanks.

Was it something we said?

Er, we um...

My dad died.

Oh, Alice.

When you're ready to come back...

Probably not coming back.

He... promised farm to me.

- That's good news, isn't it?

- Yeah, yeah, be good, yeah.

Be good to settle.

You know, see my brother and...

Well, there'll always be

a place for you here.

# My father left me an acre of land

# Sing ivy, sing ivy

# My father left me an acre of land

# Sing holly

# Go whistle and ivy

# I ploughed it with a ram's horn

# Sing ivy, sing ivy

# And sowed it all over with one peppercorn

# Sing holly

# Go whistle and ivy

# Sing holly

# Go whistle and ivy

# Sing holly

# Go whistle and ivy

# Sing ivy

# I sent it home in a walnut shell

# Sing ivy, sing ivy

# And thrashed it with a goose's quill

# Sing holly

# Go whistle and ivy

# Sing holly

# Go whistle and ivy

# Sing holly

# Go whistle and ivy

# Sing holly

# Go whistle and ivy

# Sing ivy #

Hey. Shh.

Who are you, eh?

Oh. You're one of Fly's, are you?





Oh, stop!

Come on!

It's not gonna be that cold. Come on!

Oh, my God, look at that. That's awesome.

I am not getting in that.

Who's going in first?

You are.

Come on, guys!

To be fair, I wouldn't mind going in.

Come on!


Hey, hey, hey! Shh.



Oh, God.

Oh, lassie.

Let me see.


I'll get gun, eh? Let's get you sorted.

Shh, Billie, Billie.

- Shh. Shh. Shh.

- She bred out of Fly, is she?

Eh? Er...

Erm...no, no, she's...

I paid good money for her - 500, like.

I've wasted her. She's... She's more of

an alarm system than a working dog.

Needs an owner that can do better for you,

don't you?

Where were you?

- I were contracted...

- Don't.

You don't need to chat shit.

I'm here now.

And what good is that?

Really? I mean, it's too late now, innit?

He's gone.

- I've been driving all night.

- Where's key for gun cabinet?

- I've got to get my head down.

- There's a yow needs culling.

- I'm not giving you my gun.

- Well, better get up there, hadn't you?

I haven't seen you for 15 years.



I'll wait with her.

Can you call knacker man?

It's all right.

Be over soon.

All right.

Stay there.

You all right, love?

Yeah. She's broke her leg. She's done for.


It's David. Spider.

Yeah, it's her left one.



20, is it?

You didn't know I were knacker man, did you?

- I got out of farming a while back now.

- You said 20, did you?


- Your Joe still hanging on, is he?

- Yeah.

He's proper fucked now, in't he?

No, he's all right, actually.

- Yeah?

- Yeah.

You know where to find me.

Where you stopping?


Don't be daft. Stop in house.


Go on, hold my hand.

Go on, then. Take one step. One step.

No, no, you gotta hold my hand properly.

Erm...I've made you summat to eat.

Erm...I'm not hungry. It's fine.

Go on, then.

I expect you've been all over, then.

Yeah, well, er... there's a circuit,

you know.

- New Zealand, Norway.

- Yeah?

Anywhere there's sheep.

- Want one? No?

- No.


you've seen the world.

Well, you must have been some places.


To pick up spuds.

I used to get over to Ireland.

On wagons, like.

Yeah, it were great.

Ferry and that.

Most of the time, just been grafting here,

you know what it's like.

And looking after Dad.

I've applied for tenancy.


Interview's tomorrow.

I'll do hard graft. You can...

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Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard is a British director of documentary and feature films. She won widespread critical acclaim and multiple awards for her debut, The Arbor, an experimental documentary about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar. In 2013 she was hailed as a significant new voice in British cinema for her film The Selfish Giant, which premiered in the Director's Fortnight section of the Cannes film festival. more…

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