Daphne  [90mins | 2017]
- Directed By: Peter Mackie Burns
- Starring: Emily Beecham, Geraldine James, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
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Daphne's life is hectic, and she is entrenched in the daily rush of her restaurant job and an active nightlife full of new faces. She is the life of the party, but her acerbic humor hides the fact that deep down Daphne is not happy. She is forced to confront the inevitability of a much needed change in her life after she saves a shopkeeper's life when he gets stabbed during a failed robbery attempt.
"Emily Beecham Slays In a Misanthropic British Winner That Feels Like a Big Screen 'Fleabag'", "feels like a romantic comedy with all of the bullshit taken out" –Indiewire
Director of the acclaimed, multi award-winning short film Milk, Scottish filmmaker Peter Mackie Burns marks his transition into features with this tightly focused, remarkably authentic character study of brittle 31-year-old Londoner Daphne (Emily Beecham, Into the Badlands).
"She's like one of the women from Girls gone solo"... "Burns has crafted a great London movie"… "a film of compassion and soul, with a protagonist at its heart who's sometimes hard to like but easy to adore" – The Skinny
Daphne has 'sort of given up on people' as she goes through the motions of her busy life, working as a cook in a London restaurant and through a series of drug-fuelled hook-ups. She resists genuine intimacy in her few friendships and rejects her mother Rita's attempts to engage. When she witnesses a violent robbery, she's thrown into chaos and finally begins to confront the person she's become.
Cut from the same explicit, ironic, confessional cloth as Phoebe Waller-Bridge's internationally successful BBC TV series Fleabag, Daphne offers us a female protagonist who can be as fiercely unlikeable as she is compelling to watch. Beecham doesn't shy away from her character's darker aspects and her astonishingly complex and intimate portrayal made the film a hit at Rotterdam Film Festival earlier this year.