Lost Ones

Something is missing from Carl's life. He arranges a clandestine meeting with two strangers he hopes can bring answers.

  • Andrew McVicar
    Fist, Compulsion, Lamb
  • John Hickman
  • Andrew McVicar
  • Jack Tarling
    God's Own Country, Await Further Instructions
  • Monika Kasprzak
  • Ben Young
  • Brian Lonsdale
    Key Cast
  • Debbie Brennan
    Key Cast
  • Rachel Andews
    Key Cast
  • Michael Moreland
    Key Cast
  • Sadie Straker
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Supernatural, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 13, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Andrew McVicar

Andrew McVicar is a filmmaker based in North Shields. His producing work includes feature films Bypass (Venice Film Festival 2014), Light Years (Venice Critics’ Week 2015) and The Uprising (MoMA Docs 2014). As a writer and director Andrew’s work has screened and won awards internationally, and he’s currently developing long-form film & TV projects with partners including BFI, North East Screen, Shudder Films, Company Pictures and Good Chaos.

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Director Statement

“Death is the dark backing that a mirror needs if we are to see anything.”

- Saul Bellow

What becomes of our loved ones when they die? And how do we live with the horror that they simply disappear - that the world just goes on heedlessly in their absence? Lost Ones presents a disturbing encounter that digs at these primal questions, exploring the numbness and violence of grief.

With Lost Ones I wanted to take the audience on an intense journey, using the supernatural thriller as a vehicle to explore the strange horror of grief. At first building mystery and tension, misdirecting as to the nature of the protagonist’s alienation and his motives with the mysterious couple in the approaching van. And then an eruption of strangeness, emotion, and finally violence in the back of the van - as mortality closes in again, and life without the lost loved one must go on. Ending with a sense of hope: that a kind of beauty can be revealed in grief, as it’s processed. The sun rises and the van drives on through the back roads toward the next client…