Set in 1555 England, when it has been decreed Egyptain ‘gypsies’ must leave or face execution, this rural drama is extremely timely, first-time screenwriter Laura Turner showing how little some things have changed between 16th Century England and the present. Director Philip Stevens, making his feature film debut, guides Turner’s story with an assured and sensitive hand, showing the cruel and corrosive effects of bigotry and misogyny.
Hannah Douglas is striking as the mute Patience, who falls in love with a ‘gypsy’, Rumi, played by Skins star Sebastian De Souza, much to the displeasure of her overbearing brother-in-law, David (Emmett J Scanlan). Beautifully scored, and shot on location amongst the awe-inspiring scenery of the Lincolnshire coastline, Lapwing is coolly composed, and underscored with dread, where love blossoms in the shadow of merciless and brutal violence.
The screening will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with director Philip Stevens, actor Emmett J. Scanlan, writer Laura Turner and director of photography Stewart MacGregor.
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