- 17 Apr 01
Liam Fay talks to the three men behind the first “unmissable” movie smash of '95 SHALLOW GRAVE and hears why comparisons with the American death-and-glory tradition are a misnomer.
You can tell by the quality of the buffet that hopes are high for Shallow Grave. Irish film distributors don’t dish out wine and vol-au-vents at a press screening unless they’re cocksure that they’ve got a real smash on their hands. The tack at the launch in UCI, Tallaght last week was top notch.
Made on a £1 million shoestring, this independent British production was creating an industry sizzle long before it had even secured a commercial release. Shallow Grave has won awards at several European film festivals and garnered a Niagara of praise at both Edinburgh and Cannes. In America where it has yet to open, it’s already being billed as one of the essential “must-sees” of 1995, and the comparison that is being made most often in the advance publicity is with Four Weddings And A Funeral.
Anyone expecting the cosy warmth of FWAAF, however, is in for a sharp shock. Shallow Grave may light up the box-office with similar aplomb but it’s a very different kettle of celluloid. A chilling tale of dismemberment, dementia and dosh, lots of dosh, it’s low on weddings, even lower on funerals but heavy on both bodies and burials.