Screened as part of NZIFF 2014

Locke 2013

Directed by Steven Knight Fresh

Tom Hardy mesmerises as a man dealing with crisis on all fronts, making and taking frantic phone calls as he steers his BMW through the night. Steven Knight’s breathless feat of real-time drama is set entirely inside the car.

85 minutes CinemaScope/DCP
R13 (offensive language)

Director, Screenplay


Paul Webster
Guy Heeley


Haris Zambarloukos


Justine Wright

Costume designer

Nigel Egerton


Dickon Hinchliffe


Tom Hardy (Ivan Locke)


London 2013

Writer-director Steven Knight’s Locke is a breathless tour de force of script and performance. Actor Tom Hardy steers his BMW through the night and makes and takes calls on his hands-free phone for the entirety of the film. He has us on tenterhooks.

“You’ve never seen Tom Hardy summon the bottled-up desperation and emotional range he displays in Steven Knight’s brilliant one-man show, Locke. Hardy plays Ivan Locke, a successful construction supervisor who, at the outset of the film, gets behind the wheel of his BMW and starts driving to London at night. Through a series of phone calls, his dire circumstances slowly come into focus. The crisis that he’s racing toward has put his job, his family, and maybe even his sanity at risk. He’s a responsible man – a man used to being in control – and he’s frantically trying to extinguish a series of blazes without losing his cool. If it sounds like I’m being cagey about what happens next, that’s because it’s best to know as little as possible going in. The snowballing sense of tension and claustrophobia is too precious – and precise – to spoil.” — Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly


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