A gripping screenplay, taut  direction and an exceptional cast all come together to make Bad Day for the Cut  (now available on DVD)  one of the best revenge thrillers to come along in recent years. Its Northern Ireland setting gives it a truly unique edge, as the persistent ghost of the Troubles provides a background to the events of the film and really gives it a sense of place. Combined with perfectly fleshed out characters and great performances, everything about Bad Day for the Cut feels incredibly real – and as such it makes your heart pound as well as break. At its heart sits Nigel O’Neill’s Donal, a content, quiet man who turns to violence in order to avenge the murder of his beloved mother. And what violence it is. Messy and stomach-churning, Chris Baugh’s direction ensures that the camera never shies away, making this one of the most brutal films we’ve ever seen come out of Northern Ireland. However, Bad Day for the Cut is more than just gritty violence, and it’s been winning over critics and industry insiders as it’s made stops along the festival circuit and completed a screening tour of Northern Ireland, courtesy of FilmHub N.I.. At the 2017 British Independent Film Awards, it was nominated for Breakthrough Producer for Brendan Mullin and Katy Jackson, while Chris Baugh was nominated for Best First Feature at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

 

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