Aidan Gillen has been getting a general thumbs up for his latest performance in Still - though the film itself has had mixed reviews.
Writer / director Simon Blake's first feature film is a small-scale production set in north London around King's Cross.
Photographer Tom Carver is still struggling to come to terms with the death of his teenage son in a car crash a year ago. His life is spiralling out of control, and after a chance altercation on a trip to the local off-licence he becomes involved in a feud with a teenage gang.
Q&A with director Simon Blake and actor Aidan Gillen after Still preview at IFI May 14th 2015 by Irishfilminstitute on Mixcloud
"This fascinating feature debut from Simon Blake spends much of its duration working out what it wants to be: domestic drama, London noir, social-realist tragedy. The film never quite finds an answer, but the willingness to try on so many metaphorical hats is refreshing in itself." - Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"A film which is desperate to make a grand statement about the awful toll of isolation but falls short of its ambitions." - Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"We are so used to seeing Aidan Gillen playing power-wielding politicos that it's almost disconcerting to see how comfortably he inhabits the skin of a character hurtling towards rock bottom..." - Wendy Ide, Times
"The plot is largely uninteresting and a last-minute revelation is too little too late." - Benjamin Lee, Guardian
"Still is a movie about snapshots of images and memories, and how they can equally delight or torment us." - Stephen Martin, Irish Post