Skeletons, winner of the Best New British Film award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, is the debut feature film by British director and writer Nick Whitfield.
The film opens with the two main protagonists Davis, played by Ed Gaughan, and Bennett, played by Andrew Buckley, traipsing around the English countryside en route to an appointment with a client who has enlisted the services of the mysterious Veridical company for whom they are employed.
Their job entails visiting clients at their homes and through their unusual methods (some spooky looking black stones & some tech that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1960’s episode of Doctor Who) and discovering their client’s dark(ish) secrets in a sort of cathartic therapy.
Things start to go awry when the duo’s boss ‘The Colonel’ played by Jeremy Isaacs, turns up out of the blue and presents them with a new case, which because of it’s more difficult nature, could mean a promotion for the both of them to the top echelons of the company, should they be successful.
This case revolves around a distraught wife, played by Paprika Steen, who is desperate to discover what became of her husband who went missing without a trace several years previously.
There is a bleak humour to this film (a laugh out loud discussion about Rasputin is one of many entertaining moments), and although both main characters have personality flaws they are both very endearing.
It’s hard to pigeonhole this film, which is refreshing with so many generic mega budget movies doing the rounds, it’s good to see an independent British film that can hold it’s own.
One of the most original homegrown films I’ve seen in a long time.
5 stars out of 5 from me.
The film is on general release in the UK now and is also available through the Seenit store.