BARKSKINS
2020, National Geographic, 52 min, USA, Dir: David Slade

Although National Geographic has been producing scripted programming for nearly 10 years, BARKSKINS is the network’s first program based on a work of fiction (the New York Times bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx) but the series is still in fact authentic and historically accurate. Set in the 1690s in what is now the Canadian province of Quebec, the series tells a thrilling story of exploration, adventure and ambition among dreamers and fighters - some with a utopian vision of the world, others crass and conniving, but all navigating the perils of a treacherous new frontier. As tensions escalate, unlikely alliances are forged, old antagonisms deepen and new families are formed against the seemingly endless natural riches and hidden dangers of the new American continent. The outstanding ensemble cast includes David Thewlis, Marcia Gay Harden and Aneurin Barnard


CITADEL
2012, 85 min, Ireland, Dir: Ciaran Foy

A brutal attack by a gang of shadowy figures leaves single father and widower Tommy (Aneurin Barnard) deeply agoraphobic, staying inside and caring for his new-born daughter. Haunted by nightly hallucinations of the villains, Tommy can’t find rest and, when his baby girl is kidnapped, he enrolls the help of a priest to infiltrate the local citadel and save her. Inspired by director Foy’s own agoraphobia, CITADEL melds strong performances with deeply unsettling imagery for a breathtaking horror thriller.


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