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22 June 2020

Every minute counts.

by Andrew MacGregor

Refuge: “Surfaces” - 11 mins 10s

The ever-reliable Maxine Peake drives this challenging piece of work from director Steve Reeves. Filmed during lockdown for domestic abuse charity Refuge, the film sees Alix (Peake) regain control after years of abuse from husband Richard (Lex Shrapnel). As the pair talk via Zoom, Alix pointedly gives herself eleven minutes to end this toxic charade.

The result is a brittle, brilliant two-hander, with Peake dictating the pace with controlled fury ("Do you really want to do this?" "I HAVE to do this"). She’s well met by Shrapnel, who sells Richard’s seething impotence as reality bites from afar. The challenge for the advertised charity is to help those still dreaming of their final escape.

Film Production: Another Film Company Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Steve Reeves Ⓟ Ⓦ
Art Department: Pawlo Wintoniuk
Editor: Bruce Townend Ⓦ @ The Quarry Ⓟ Ⓦ
Offline Producer: Tor Adams
Sound Designer: Owen Griffiths
Written By: Jon Elsom

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