added: Thu, Jan 19th '17
Sundance has begun. And during its Midnight section, the festival will see the world premiere of "Bad Day for the Cut," a violent revenge thriller about a simple middle-aged Irish farmer who hunts down his mother's killers and picks them off one by one.
Irish director Chris Baugh, who co-wrote the script with his producing partner Brendan Mullin, makes his feature film debut with "Bad Day for the Cut," which judging by the newly-released trailer (watch it above), feels like a cross between Jeremy Saulnier's "Blue Ruin" and Shane Meadows' "Dead Man's Shoes." Which is to say, we think it looks really good.
The film stars Irish actor Nigel O'Neill as the shotgun-wielding avenger. Polish actor Jozef Pawłowski plays his unlikely accomplice. While David Pearse, Stuart Graham, and Susan Lynch are the farmer's nemeses. Rounding out the cast are Stella McCusker, Ian McElhinney, Brian Milligan, Shashi Rami, and Anna Prochniak.
"Bad Day for the Cut" is set to debut this Sunday at Sundance.
Donal is a farmer who still lives at home in a little Irish village with his mother Florence. He works the fields during the day and drinks in the local pub at night. He seems content with a simple, quiet life. The only sense we get of his wish for something more is an old camper van, which he has lovingly restored. When Florence is killed in an apparent home invasion Donal sets off for Belfast in the little red van, looking for revenge. What he finds is a world of violence and brutality that he can’t understand and a secret about his mother that will shake him to his core.
directed by Chris Baugh
starring Nigel O'Neill, Susan Lynch, Jozef Pawłowski, Stuart Graham, Anna Prochniak, IanMcElhinney
release date Sundance, 2017