When a gentle government official discovers terrible secrets, he knows he has a duty towards the rest of the world. But life as a whistleblower is not easy. Hiding in a secluded Belgian holiday home, he and his Dutch wife anxiously await the arrival of a journalist in the company of two eccentric bodyguards.
What follows is an edgy black comedy, sharply scripted and elegantly constructed by actor turned director Neil Maskell. A veteran of the UK independent film scene, Maskell is well known for his collaborations with British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List) who is the executive producer of the film. The influences are clear as this directorial debut carries some of Wheatley’s black humour, the typical awkwardness of his characters and the uneasy oddity of their circumstances.
The film shines with a performance by Tom Burke in the role of a clumsy bodyguard. Maskell and his producers have managed to snatch a last performance by the British star before his rise to fame makes him impossible to get for independent films. Enjoy!
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Filmograafia Klokkenluider (2022)
Best Film Award, grant of 5000 euros from National Geographic