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We Need to Talk About Kevin

Released 2011
Distributor Oscilloscope Pictures

Lynne Ramsey’s chilling 2012 US-British horror film, about a young sociopath whose sadistic disposition turns murderous, skirts the line between exploitation and art. Tilda Swinson plays Kevin’s tragically ineffectual mother and John C. Reilly co-stars as his oblivious father. Both the long-gestating film and Swinson nabbed several awards including the Palme d’Or at Cannes and BAFTA’s Best Actress prize.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.