The Survivalist Receives BAFTA Nod

Fermanagh filmmaker Stephen Fingleton's first feature-length has been named among the nominees for this year's Outstanding Debut

Northern Ireland writer/director Stephen Fingleton has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Debut BAFTA Award for his dystopian feature-length The Survivalist. Shot in a country estate in Ballymoney, the 'anti science fiction film' was announced to be among the nominees by Stephen Fry and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

The nod comes hot on the heels of the British Independent Film Awards where Fingleton was named Best Debut Director and was presented an award in honour of late filmmaker Douglas Hickox.

The Survivalist received critical acclaim following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York with industry magazine Screen Daily calling Fingleton 'a major discovery'. It's continued to wow audiences across various festivals ever since.

Hailed by Indiewire as 'Mad Max in the countryside', the film boasts performances from Martin McCann (’71, Shadow Dancer, X+Y) in the title role, along with Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac Part II, A Cure For Wellness) and Olwen Fouéré (This Must be the Place).

In a kill-or-be-killed world where starvation is rife and strangers are always dangerous, The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits. When a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his forest refuge, his loneliness drives him to overcome his suspicion and strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board.

But as desire becomes stronger than necessity, the exchange becomes an uneasy, ongoing arrangement which threatens not only his carefully constructed world but also his life.

The Survivalist was developed with the support of the BFI Film Fund and Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus Scheme. It was produced by Wayne Marc Godfrey (Silence, Cake), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Babylon) and David Gilbery (Bone Tomahawk) through The Fyzz Facility.

Filmed over the course of five weeks, it received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen, said; 'We are immensely proud of Stephen Fingleton and offer our huge congratulations to him and all the talented crew that made The Survivalist. A BAFTA nomination, a BIFA win and incredible critical acclaim are amazing endorsements for a new writer/director.

'The Survivalist is a wonderful film and we are delighted to have been able to support it from its early script development stage.'

The Survivalist is released in cinemas and on demand from February 12, following a preview run at Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast from February 5. This year's BAFTA Awards takes place on February 14.