Written and directed by Stéphanie Joalland, THE QUIET HOUR is set in the aftermath of an alien invasion in which a feisty teenage girl sets out to protect her farm from human scavengers who will stop at nothing in order to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The film stars Dakota Blue Richards (THE GOLDEN COMPASS), Karl Davies (GAME OF THRONES, KINGDOME), and Brigitte Millar (HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF PHOENIX).
THE QUIET HOUR is Joalland’s directorial debut. “Ever since my father brought me my first science- fiction book,” relates Joalland, “I’ve been fascinated by the way the genre raises big questions about the universe and the human condition. THE QUIET HOUR is an exploration of the good and dark side of human nature in the aftermath of the collapse of our civilization, with extraterrestrials as a metaphor for the carelessness with which we treat our home planet.”
“The Quiet Hour is no-argument SciFi,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Director of Programming. “It’s aliens, it’s post-apocalyptic, it’s about what it means to be human.”
“We are really exciting to be hosting the Texas Premiere of this film,” says Fonté, “which will be playing Sci-Fi London the next day and just won Best Feature at the Kansas City Film Festival. The film has already been snapped up for distribution so it is the perfect fit for our Year ‘Round Screening Series where we extend the OWA Festival throughout the year.”
“It’s also really exciting to help introduce a strong female talent, director Stéphanie Joalland, to SciFi fans here in the US,” says Fonté. “Part of our mission as a festival is to highlight all the fresh voices working in the genre, and, honestly, female voices, who have often gone unheard from in this space. I think audiences will be impressed with the tension Joalland draws out through the whole film, and the rich and emotionally deep characters fighting over what just might be the last farm on Earth.”
As writer and director, Joalland draws inspiration from SciFi greats of the past. “A.C. Clarke keeps me awake late at night while reading his books, and movies like “Blade Runner” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” haunt me long after I’ve seen them. So I knew my first feature film should be a science-fiction story. But I was also aware that as a first-time feature film director I probably wouldn’t have sufficient budget to translate my vision to screen, so my first feature would have to be contained enough to be made well with modest resources. One day, I had a vision of a young girl, and a mysterious extraterrestrial nest hovering over an isolated farm. I knew it was the small story within a big context that I had been looking for.”
Humans are few and far between since Earth was invaded by unseen extraterrestrial machines that harvest the planet's natural resources and relentlessly kill its inhabitants. In a remote part of the countryside, where starved humans have become as dangerous as the alien machines hovering in the sky, a feisty 19 year old girl, Sarah Connolly, sets out on a desperate attempt to fight back a group of bandits and defend her parents' farm, their remaining livestock, and the solar panels that keep them safe from extraterrestrials. If she doesn't succeed, she will lose her only source of food and shelter; but if she resists, she and her helpless blind sibling will be killed. And if the mysterious intruder dressed like a soldier who claims he can help them turns out to be a liar, then the enemy may already be in the house.
“One of the British movies that is not to be missed” – Female First
“Gritty, almost horror-film-esque” – Declan Cochran – Critics Associated
“We need more sci-fi in the UK on the big screen and this is a good place to start” – Katy Vans – Blueprint
‘The Quiet Hour’ riffs on Sam Peckinpah’s seminal ‘Straw Dogs’ to wonderful effect” –
Sebastian Caine – Raindance Film Festival 2014
“Joalland’s story is a simple but effective three-hander” – Ivo Bochenski – Britflicks
“Dakota Blue Richards (Skins) and Karl Davies (Game of Thrones) excel in this tense, sci-fi thriller.” – Galway Film Fleadh 2014
Stéphanie Joalland - Stéphanie hails from Brittany, France, but she now lives between London and Berlin. She has a screenwriting background. Among others, she created a SciFi animated TV series for Luc Besson based on a French science fiction comics series VALERIAN AND LAURELINE. THE QUIET HOUR is her first feature film.
Sean McConville - Sean is from London. He began his career as a SFX technician on big budget studio feature films, including STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE, MORTAL KOMBAT, and the James Bond movies GOLDENEYE and TOMORROW NEVER DIES. Sean is also a writer/director. Sean’s debut feature film, DEADLINE, starred Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch.
Dakota Blue Richards - Dakota is best known for her lead role in THE GOLDEN COMPASS alongside Nicole Kidman. She was picked out of 11.000 girls to play the part of young Lyra Belacqua. Dakota is also well-known in the U.K. for her role as Franky Fitzgerald in the E4 teen drama SKINS.
Karl Davies - Karl Davies was born in Manchester. He played one of the main parts in an ITV television series, KINGDOM, opposite Stephen Fry. He is best known for his part as Alton Lannister in GAME OF THRONES.
Brigitte Millar - Brigitte Millar is best known for her role in HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX. She was cast as one of the villains in the upcoming James Bond SPECTRE.
Jack McMullen - Jack grew up in Liverpool. He has been acting since he was 11 and is best known in Great-Britain for his role as Finn Sharkey in TV series WATERLOO ROAD.
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