Hide and Seek

Screen International, June 26, 2014 | Go to article overview

Hide and Seek


Dir: Joanna Coates. UK. 2014. 80mins

There are some interesting ideas in Joanna Coates debut film Hide And Seek, which tracks a quartet of young folk who decide to head off to the remote countryside and design a new concept for their lives, involving shared sexual encounters and plenty of play, but in the end it flatters to deceive and never really delivers in terms of drama or radical thinking.

The film opens in provocative style as four young people gather around a burning coffin-shaped object in the fields at night, giving the hint that the film may even take a pagan or dark turn.

The film, which had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival, is intriguing and engaging in moments, but the script by Daniel Metz (also one of the stars) and Coates is too mannered at times and the performances - apart form Hannah Arterton's free-spirited turn - never overly convincing. It is a bold low-budget drama to be sure, but there a niggling sense of rather smug middle-class angst driving the film (placing it in sub Joanna Hogg territory) that leaves it intriguing rather than entertaining.

The film opens in provocative style as four young people gather around a burning coffin-shaped object in the fields at night, giving the hint that the film may even take a pagan or dark turn (sadly it doesn't!) before switching to a series of conversations amongst then four sometime early as they prepare to head off into the wilds. These chats never really explain their disenfranchisement or reasoning for wanting to try a new way of living but at least acts as a nice scene-setter. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Hide and Seek
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.