British writer/director Stuart Hazeldine’s Exam premieres in theatres just after Christmas in the UK, and the film’s trailer was recently released online. Luke Mably stars in Exam, which some are saying could be the thriller of the new year. Check out the trailer, and see if you agree.
Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation. Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator (Colin Salmon) gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified: don’t talk to him or the armed guard by the door, don’t spoil their papers, and don’t leave the room. He starts the clock and leaves. The candidates turn over their question papers, only to find they’re completely blank. After the initial confusion has subsided, one frustrated candidate writes ‘I believe you should hire me because…,’ and is promptly ejected for spoiling. The remaining candidates soon figure out they’re permitted to talk to each other, and they agree to cooperate in order to figure out the question; then they can compete to answer it.
At first they suspect the question may be hidden in their papers like a security marker in a credit card, and they figure out ways to change their environment to expose the hidden words. But light, liquids, and other plans all come to naught. Soon enough, the candidates begin to uncover each other’s backgrounds, prejudices, and hidden agendas. Tensions rise as the clock steadily descends towards zero, and each candidate must decide how far they are willing to go to secure the ultimate job …
Exam Associate Producer Chris Jones (check out his video blog from the Bilbao Film Festival in Spain here) says, “I am delighted at how the movie turned out as a real nail-biting, nerve-jangling psychological rollercoaster. I am also over the moon for the whole team who worked so hard to create an amazing independent feature film for mainstream audiences – especially well done to writer and director Stuart Hazeldine for making something smart AND slick!”
Smart & slick are two of our favorite words here at Dread Central, so here’s hoping we get some news on Stateside distro shortly.
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