WILDLING

Girl Meets World

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2018 | 15 | dVd

Di­rec­tor Fritz Böhm Cast Bel Pow­ley, Brad dou­rif, Collin Kelly-sor­delet, James leGros

With no the­atri­cal screen­ings for crit­ics and no pub­lic­ity push, it feels a lit­tle like Warner de­cided to re­lease Wildling into the world and let it fend for it­self. That’s a shame, be­cause this su­per­nat­u­ral com­ing-of-age drama has much to rec­om­mend it.

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl’s Bel Pow­ley plays Anna, a girl who’s been raised in a locked at­tic and fed tales of a child-eat­ing beast called the Wildling. Af­ter daddy (Brad Dou­rif ) at­tempts sui­cide, how­ever, the lo­cal sher­iff (Liv Tyler) res­cues her. As a re­sult, now aged 16, she must deal with en­ter­ing so­ci­ety for the first time… and also come to terms with her true na­ture.

Nat­u­rally, there’s a ro­mance el­e­ment, as the feral Anna bonds with the sher­iff’s younger brother, but the sub­text is more in­ter­est­ing. It’s not long be­fore the lo­cal men­folk are gun­ning for Anna – quite lit­er­ally. Com­bine that with scenes where she strad­dles her lover, and is taught how to shave her legs, and it’s clear that we have an anal­ogy for the polic­ing of fe­male sex­u­al­ity.

Sen­si­tively played, and boast­ing wry fish-out-of-wa­ter hu­mour as well as at­trac­tive cin­e­matog­ra­phy from Get Out’s Toby Oliver, Wildling is sure to ap­peal to fans of fem­i­nist were­wolf movie Ginger Snaps.

Ex­tras None. Ian Ber­ri­man

Cast­ing Brad Dou­rif was sug­gested by pro­ducer Trudie Styler, whose hus­band, Sting, had worked with him on Dune.

Life les­son one: don’t be­lieve the weath­er­man.

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