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It Is In Us All

Directed by Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Narrative Feature
Ireland | 82 min | 2022

The thriller centers on Hamish (Cosmo Jarvis), who is forced to confront his self-destructive core when a violent car crash involving precocious teenager, Evan (Rhys Mannion), challenges him to face his truth.

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Unlike the myriad similarly toned films that depict violence against women, the point of COMPULSUS is not the details of the attacks, it’s that they’re happening at all.

First, Wally has not suffered any violence herself. She has not been raped like Lisbeth Salander or The Bride. She has not experienced domestic abuse, or family molestation, or even a bad date. This isn’t trauma porn, wherein a woman must suffer in order to be angry, to want revenge. We are angry because we have reason to be. Full stop. A violent man’s motive is rarely questioned, and never justified, onscreen. It’s enough that the world has simply gotten him down—Joker proved this to the tune of a billion dollars.

Second, where many films—especially violence-based action films, but really most films—have an obligatory female character and a smattering of ornamental women, Compulsus deliberately removes men. All seven attack victims are played by the same male actor, whose face we never see, whose name(s) we never hear. Where the average movie erases women by not even considering them, we have removed men on purpose.

COMPULSUS—“striking together (hostile)”—is not lazily “gender-flipped,” which is not what we meant when we said we wanted to see stronger female characters. In its existence, staging, casting, and editing, it’s a complete subversion of the Loner Male stereotype. It lifts and centres women, and punishes and erases men.

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It Is In Us All - Antonia Campbell-HughesAntonia Campbell-Hughes

Antonia Campbell-Hughes is an actress, writer, director and former fashion designer from Northern Ireland. She is best known for playing Natascha Kamputsch in 3096 Days, Marie-Antoinette in Dangerous Liasons and the titular role in Cordelia. She first gained notability as a fashion designer while in her teens.

Film Information

Director:  Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Country: Ireland
Year: 2022
Language: English
Runtime: 82 min
Rated:  PG-13


Writer: Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Producers: Emma Foley, Tamryn Reinecke
Composer: Ilan Rubin
Cinematography: Piers McGrail
Editor:  John Walters
Music: Tom Furse

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