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For Those in Peril (2013 film)

For Those in Peril is a 2013 British drama film directed by Paul Wright. It was released in the UK on 4 October 2013 to critical acclaim.[2]

For Those in Peril
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Theatrical release poster
For Those in Peril
Directed byPaul Wright
StarringGeorge MacKay
Running time
92 mins
Box office£2,412[1]

The title is taken from the repeated line of William Whiting's famous hymn "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" traditionally sung following a loss at sea.



Aaron, a young misfit living in a remote Scottish fishing community, is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men including his older brother. As the sole survivor the community ostracise Aaron and treat him as partially responsible for the tragedy.

Spurred on by sea-going folklore and local superstition, the village blames Aaron for this tragedy, making him an outcast amongst his own people, who call him a Jonah. Steadfastly refusing to believe that his brother Michael has died, he seeks help of other fishermen to take him out to sea to search, but all refuse. He therefore sets out alone to recover him and the rest of the men, capturing the constant fear of such loss.



The film was shot in Gourdon, Aberdeenshire[3][4] and editing of the first cut was carried out in Paul Wright's native Fife and continued in London.[5]

It was shown in Critics' Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian rated it 3/5, comparing it to Bashing (2005) directed by Masahiro Kobayashi, and calling it "a striking film from a valuable new talent."[6] Mark Kermode called it an "affecting and atmospheric fable", praising Kate Dickie's performance as "extraordinary" and likewise that of Michael Smiley.[7]


  1. ^ "For Those In Peril". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  2. ^ "For Those In Peril". 3 October 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  3. ^ Robbie Collin (18 May 2013). "Cannes 2013: For Those in Peril, review". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Paul Wright on For Those In Peril - Interview". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Film4 - Film4". Film4 Productions. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b Bradshaw, Peter (18 May 2013). "Cannes 2013: For Those In Peril - first look review". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  7. ^ Kermode, Mark (6 October 2013). "For Those in Peril". The Observer. Retrieved 8 November 2017.

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