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Roman Polanski followed his English language breakthrough Repulsion with this underseen oddity, a pitch black comedy thriller set on Lindisfarne.

When a pair of American gangsters on the run become stranded on the causeway, they take refuge on Holy Island at a castle owned by a squabbling married couple (Donald Pleasence and Françoise Dorléac), and a series of increasingly absurd mind games, role plays and power struggles ensue.

Flickering between black comedy, claustrophobic drama and psychological horror, Cul-de-Sac skewers modern manners and marital strife with a cruel wit. The film’s cinematic strangeness is underlined by the otherworldly setting of the tidal island and the dramatic 16th century castle this strange couple call home (now a National Trust property, so visit if you dare.)

Filming locations:
Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland
Lindisfarne Castle

Event Information

Running Time: 1hr 40mins

BBFC Advice: 12A

Director(s): Roman Polanski

Country of Origin: UK

Year of release:

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