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True North (2006)

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Writer/director Steve Hudson patterned his debut feature, True North, after classic Greek tragedy. This bleak and despairing drama concerns the Skipper (Gary Lewis) and Sean (Martin Compston), a father and son from the U.K. who co-pilot a small fishing boat called Providence. Though the Skipper remains aboard, Sean inherits all financial responsibility from his dad. But times are hard and the catch so inadequate that it cannot sustain the men. Terrified of being regarded as a failure by his father, Sean devises a dangerous scheme: he and deckhand Riley (Peter Mullan) will illegally pull Chinese immigrants from the far side of the North Sea while the Skipper sleeps, collect money from the stowaways, hide them in the ship's hold, and deposit them in northern England. All goes according to plan until Sean realizes that they must locate some actual fish to mislead the British authorities. Meanwhile, the Chinese passengers begin to waste away below deck, while a storm and other unforeseen catastrophes threaten the lives and safety of everyone aboard. The picture subsequently builds to a devastating conclusion. Steven Robertson and Angel Li co-star. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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Gary Lewis
as Skipper
Angel Li
as Su Li
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Critic Reviews for True North

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Morally resonant [and] deeply-felt.

Full Review… | September 18, 2006
Variety
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A sobering and sad story of the terrible cost of a lack of moral fiber. Not a happy yarn, but it's been well-acted, and afterward you'll feel as if you've been at sea for a week.

November 4, 2010
Kansas City Star

The film has its moments, but it's a crude, none-too-convincing piece of work that fudges some serious issues.

Full Review… | September 15, 2007
Observer (UK)

Watchable, low budget British drama with strong performances from Compston and Mullan.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
ViewLondon

The daily struggles of life at sea, as well as the almost manic revelries indulged in to forget about it, are evoked with dark wit.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Daily Telegraph (UK)

If only the characters were a little less stock and the script more waterproofed. Halfway through our journey, the cliches start seeping in.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Guardian

Audience Reviews for True North

½

A sobering and sad story of the terrible cost of a lack of moral fiber. Not a happy yarn, but it's been well-acted, and afterward you'll feel as if you've been at sea for a week.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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