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'Catch Me Daddy' [film review excerpt]

Lovers on the run, honour killings and bounty hunters form the narrative context for a film that nails its colours firmly to its stunning visuals and visceral soundtrack in Daniel Wolfe's dark thriller, Catch Me Daddy.

One of the great triumphs of Catch Me Daddy is the palpable sense of fear and suspense it transmits to its audience. There is a brooding darkness, created by the unusual and delicate balance of social realism- a combination of the authentic performances and Robbie Ryan's cinematography- and the feeling that the film is only a few steps removed from a Lynchian Nightmare- a notion firmly augmented by the film's score. Ryan has previously worked with directors Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold and at times the film acts almost as a documentary, capturing a kind of Northern 'every-town' Britain, but most often it echoes Andrea Arnold's work, especially her debut Red Road- except pushed into even darker territory.

Catch Me Daddy is a brave, dark debut from Matthew Wolfe, showcasing the director's talent at orchestrating his actors, the camera and music to create a genuinely affective piece of work.


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