Official Selection at Munich International Film Festival, Edinburgh IFF, Giffoni IFF, Taiwan Golden Horse IFF, Cambridge FF and San Francisco Frameline IFF.
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UNCONDITIONAL (aka UNCONDITIONAL LOVE in the USA) is a darkly comic psycho-romance from BAFTA-winning writer Joe Fisher with superb performances from Christian Cooke (THE PROMISE, CEMETERY JUNCTION), Melanie Hill (STARDUST), the legendary James Bolam and outstanding newcomers Harry McEntire and Madeleine Clark. UNCONDITIONAL is an unpredictable, unstoppable coming of age story – an everyday tale of wild abandon. Sixteen year-old twins Kristen and Owen are misfits in the real world, bored of caring for their mum and fantasising about murdering her. Then along comes Liam: 20s, tough, charming, genuinely cool. Kristen fancies him with the intensity of someone in a fairytale. Liam takes Owen out drinking – and the depth of Liam’s mis-wired obsessions soon emerge. Liam offers unconditional love…on one condition. As the twins fall under his spell, will they live to tell the tale? Directed by BAFTA-Nominated Bryn Higgins with a gripping modern score by BAFTA-winner John Lunn and outstanding photography from BAFTA-winning DOP Paul Otter, UNCONDITIONAL is refreshing, energetic, sharply witty and utterly original.
Press Quotes include:
Screen International, Mark Adams, Chief Film Critic
“An impressively made and darkly disturbing drama, nicely scripted and impressively shot...a delightfully skewed look at that dramatic cliché of obsessive love driven by impressive performances… Its brooding style and crisp cinematography mark director Bryn Higgins out as filmmaker to be watched…"
..." a fully realised, powerful and pitch-perfect British film. Higgins’ skilled, intrusive, yet tenderly watchful eye blends with the performances and punchy, unexpected shifts in tone and direction that come from Fisher’s more experienced writing style. Unconditional is a film that’s as realistic as it is tender, awakening and deeply disturbing, yet inherently optimistic..."
"What’s perhaps most engaging about Unconditional is just how unpredictable it is. You’re never quite sure which direction it’s going as it often does change its tone and tact in a way that’s fascinating rather than frustrating. What could have been a crass or exploitative exercise is rather an impressively handled drama pulled off with intelligence and passion. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the EIFF 2012..."
filmthreat.com, Mark Bell
“Everything from the look of the film to the flow of the edit enhances that raw unpredictability.”
San Francisco Chronicle
"A potent mix of class, gender, sexual and generational tensions with excellent performances"