The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Tuesday 20th April 20107:00 PM (free!)

Union Films will host the world premiere of The Disappearance of Alice Creed! Gemma Arterton, J Blakeson (the director) and Marten Compston will be among the celebrities on the red carpet. Don't miss this spectacular event at 6.00pm on the red brick area (weather permitting).

The film itself will start at 7.00pm for ticket holders. So how do you get a ticket?

Tickets

Tickets will be available from the SUSU box office on Monday 19th April (10am) for those who voted for us. Bring your University ID as we have a list of everyone who voted! Tickets will be one per person only. If tickets are left by the end of Monday, they will be made available to everyone on Tuesday morning (11am).

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Two men - one in his twenties, the other nearer forty, both intensely focused on the task at hand - line the inside of a transit van with plastic. Shopping, they buy a drill, a mattress and other supplies. In a small flat they assemble a bed for the mattress and staple foam insulation and board to the walls and windows of a bedroom. Then, their meticulous preparations complete, they kidnap a young woman. They drag her from the street into the back of the van and, with a bag over her head and ball gag in her mouth, take her back to the flat, tying her to the bed in the room they have converted into a prison cell.

The kidnappers are Danny (Martin Compston) and Vic (Eddie Marsan), two ex-cons planning to make a mint on the ransom for the young woman. The younger, nervier of the two, Danny defers to the more experienced Vic, who acts with a steely conviction. Their hostage is Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), daughter of a rich businessman, chosen by Vic and Danny as their passport to a better life. Terrified and immobile at first, it soon becomes clear that Alice isn't about to let her captors use her as capital without a fight. As determined to escape as Vic and Danny are to succeed, Alice enters into a battle of wills which strains the already fractious relationship between the two men. As the deadline for the exchange draws nearer, all three are brought close to breaking point, with Vic and Danny's foolproof plan descending into a desperate struggle for survival.

A taut, emotionally intense thriller, the debut feature from writer-director J Blakeson eschews genre convention, generating tension from the sexual and psychological ties that bind captive to captors. Produced by Adrian Sturges (The Escapist), the film stars Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia), Eddie Marsan (Happy Go Lucky, Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen, Red Road).

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

81%

Genre:

Thriller

Director:

J Blakeson

Writer:

J Blakeson

Leads:

Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan

Music:

Marc Canham

Length:

100 minutes

Year:

2009

Country:

UK

Language:

English

18

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