Magazine article New Internationalist

The Survivalist

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Survivalist

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The Survivalist (104 minutes) written and directed by Stephen Fingleton

As the opening titles roll, a dynamic graphic of growing, then catastrophically plunging, oil production sets the context - post-industrial scarcity, with population and social collapse. A nervy-eyed young man lives alone, hiding in the woods, growing cabbages and potatoes. He's fit and muscular, a survivor, always carrying a shotgun, and has set up rusty jingling tin cans to warn him of any approach - intruders are buried in his vegetable plot.

But when a steady-eyed, long-white-haired woman appears with her teenage daughter, seeking food and offering, first of all vegetable seeds, then sex, he's thrown. They stay the night. They insist, looking over his gun barrels, on food first, then sex. …

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