February 26, 2017


The War Zone – 1998 | 98 mins | Drama | Colour


Plot Synopsis

The War Zone

Tim Roth‘s directorial debut raised some eyebrows in this gritty and depressing account of incest between a father and daughter. There’s plenty to recommend about the film, the cinematography for one, and the performances of the teenager actors for another, but the uncompromising direction uneasily treads the line between hardhitting and plain exploitative.

Tom (Freddie Cunliffe) and Jessie (Lara Belmont) have recently moved to rural Devon with their parents. Tom finds the move particularly difficult and somewhat isolating, which results in him becoming more of an observer of the family than an active member. His mother (Tilda Swinton) is heavily pregnant, his father (Ray Winstone) is verbally abusive, and Jessie is increasingly open about her promiscuous ways, and he senses that something is wrong. He suspicions are soon confirmed, and the family is thrown into turmoil.

Production Team

Tim Roth: Director
Karen Wakefield: Art Director
Steve Butterworth: Associate Producer
Seamus McGarvey: Cinematography
Sandra Milman: Costume Design
Mary-Jane Reyner: Costume Design
Trevor Waite: Editing
Eric Abraham: Executive Producer
Ivana Primorac: Make-up Dept
Simon Boswell: Original Music
Sarah Radclyffe: Producer
Dixie Linder: Producer
Michael Carlin: Production Design
Alexander Stuart: Script
Jim Greenhorn: Sound
Paul Carr: Sound
Robert Farr: Sound
Ian Wilson: Sound


Ray Winstone: Dad
Lara Belmont: Jessie
Freddie Cunliffe: Tom
Tilda Swinton: Mum
Annabelle Apsion: Nurse
Kate Ashfield: Lucy
Colin Farrell: Nick

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