Circling around the heroin-induced death of a young girl, BETTER THINGS paints a bleak picture of modern life in rural England. Rob struggles with his girlfriend's death, feelings of guilt accelerating his own race out of this world. Gail suffers from rather extreme agoraphobia, rarely or never leaving her house. Almost everyone we meet desperately wants to be somewhere else, and whether they escape by drugs, books or trains, no one seems to get very far. Impressive and uncomfortable, it is a film well worth exposing yourself to.
|Duane Hopkins (b. Cotswald, 1973) studied photography and fine arts and attended BBC's film school. He has collected several awards for his two shorts FIELD and LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME ALONE, and his debut BETTER THINGS has impressed festival goers in Cannes and Edinburgh alike.|