Shell is a 17-year-old girl who lives and works at a petrol station in the desolate Scottish Highlands. Apart from the occasional customers who call by for fuel and a few regulars who acknowledge and catch up with her, Shell's only company is her reserved and softspoken father Pete to whom she is devoted. A young girl trying to find her place in the world, she is on the cusp of womanhood, struggling to re-imagine her role within her own family and life in general. Pete, meanwhile, is damaged goods. He still keenly feels the absence of his wife who ran away when Shell was four, while his connection with his daughter is both difficult and disturbing.
SCOTT GRAHAM, born in Scotland. He made his first short BORN TU RUN in 2005. His second short, SHELL, won the UK Film Council Award for Best Film at the London Short Film Festival in 2008, and his third, NATIVE SON, was produced by Film Four under their Cinema Extreme banner and premiered in Critics' Week at Cannes in 2010. Graham was chosen as one of Screen International's ‘UK Stars of Tomorrow’ in 2011. His first feature, SHELL, is based on his 2008 short and was screened at the Torino Film Festival in 2012 where it was awarded with the Best Film Award, among others.
Competition Fiction 2013
Great Britain 2012
Screenplay Scott Graham
Cinematography Yoliswa Gärtig
Editing Rachel Tunnard
With Chloe Pirrie, Michael Smiley, Joseph Mawle, Iain de Caestecker, Paul Hickey, Kate Dickie
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