DVD: Tyrannosaur (18)


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The Independent Culture

Paddy Considine, Shane Meadows's pal and favourite actor, directs his impressive debut feature, a brutal, provincial drama that may lack Meadows's warmth and humour, but doesn't lack heart or intensity.

We first meet Peter Mullan's alcoholic Joseph on a violent bender – he beats up a lout and kicks his dog to death. Bereft without his hound he seeks the company of a charity-shop worker, Hannah (Olivia Colman). Initially he throws insults at her, but slowly these two damaged souls connect. Alongside Eddie Marsan, Mullan and Colman give powerhouse performances in this adroitly made and moving slice of rage.