Paddy Considine’s directorial feature debut Tyrannosaur started 2011 as the talk of critics and audiences at Sundance, the world’s leading indie film festival and finished it with three BIFAs – Best Film; Best Debut Director for Paddy Considine; and Best Actress for Olivia Colman. Filmed in Leeds and Wakefield in 2010, Tyrannosaur is a hard-hitting drama, which explores how love and friendship can be found in the darkest of places. It was produced on the low budget Warp X feature slate with backing from Screen Yorkshire. Supported through Screen Yorkshire’s Production Fund (2003-2010)
Starring Peter Mullan (My Name is Joe, Trainspotting), Olivia Colman (Peep Show, Hot Fuzz) and Eddie Marsan (Happy Go Lucky, Vera Drake). Tyrannosaur tells the story of Joseph (Peter Mullan) a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph’s life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating results on both of their lives.
Tyrannosaur picked up a number of awards throughout 2011 including Best International Debut at the Munich Film Festival; World Cinema – Dramatic award for directing and Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan won The World Cinema Special Jury Prizes for Breakout Performances at Sundance; and Grand Jury Prize at Dinard Film Festival.
Tyrannosaur was written and directed by Paddy Considine, and produced by Diarmid Scrimshaw. Paddy Considine, a world renowned actor, previously co-wrote and starred in Shane Meadows’ 2004 film Dead Man’s Shoes, as well as appearing in films including In America, The Bourne Ultimatum, A Room For Romeo Brass and My Summer Of Love. The script for Tyrannosaur, written by Considine, was based on his 2008 BAFTA winning short Dog Altogether.
Tyrannosaur is a Warp X / Inflammable Films Production financed by Film4 and the UK Film Council in association with Screen Yorkshire, EM Media and Optimum Releasing. It was released in the UK in autumn 2011 by Studio Canal, with Protagonist handling international sales.
Tyrannosaur filmed on location in Leeds at locations including Seacroft, Cross Gates, Eccup, Harehills, Alwoodley, Leeds City Centre and Wakefield in 2010.
Hugo Heppell, Head of Production at Screen Yorkshire, who co-funded Tyrannosaur and gave locations and crewing support, says: ‘’In recent years, film and television productions such as Red Riding, The Damned United, Four Lions, Son of Babylon and This Is England have put the region centre stage at many of the world’s leading film festivals. Tyrannosaur will add to Yorkshire’s formidable list of credits.”
What the critics say:
”That this enthralling drama never stoops to become a May-December romance or a too-tidy parable about healing is to its credit. But in Considine’s confident hands and those of his tremendous actors, the emotional arc is rich and full, leaving us shaken and breathless before allowing a whisper of atonement.” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
”Tyrannosaur is an intensely rewarding film to watch, and a brilliant directorial debut from Considine…. Anyone who’s been lucky enough to see Peter Mullan’s work in films like Boy A, and the Red Riding Trilogy, knows that he’s one of the finest actors currently working, and Joseph feels like the role of a lifetime.” – Chris Bumbray , Joblo.com
“Amazing, I am absolutely speechless, absolutely amazing….Fantastic performances by Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman.” – Dave Karger, Entertainment Weekly