by Duane Hopkins
Tim is a good kid. Tim is a criminal.
Tim has no job, but he earns money as a small-time fence, selling stolen goods. He cares for those close to him and knows his responsibilities towards them, even in the toughest times, even in bereavement for a mother.
His girlfriend Lilly loves him. And Tim loves and trusts Lilly. She is his only source of refuge and hope. Tim tries to be patient with his kid sister Helen, with her lies about attending school and her refusal to accept his authority as legal caregiver.
Tim wishes his grandfather didn't need to live in a care home. It's an uneasy move for a proud old man who gave his life to an industry that is no longer there for his grandsons.
Things are looking better for big brother Greg, recently released from prison. He's determined to steer clear of local thug Lester, who mocks Greg's cleaning job. Lester pays much better for robberies.
As the financial pressure of daily life builds, Tim becomes more and more tense. His health takes a bad turn,
but he is hesitant about seeking treatment.
When his supplier is brutally attacked, Tim's world takes on a new dimension of menace. In the coming days, Tim must face that he could be connected to more serious crime, more dangerous men.
BYPASS is Duane Hopkins‘ second feature. His debut BETTER THINGS premiered at International Critics Week at the Cannes
Film Festival 2008. His short films had previously won over 30 international awards between them.
Hopkins' gallery exhibition SUNDAY, a collection of single and multi-channel installations, exhibited in several group and solo shows including MoCA (Toronto) and Bank Art Studio (Yokohama).
Hopkins was born in 1973 in Cheltenham, England.
2011 CIGARETTE AT NIGHT (short)
2008 BETTER THINGS
2003 LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME ALONE (short)
2001 FIELD (short)
George MacKay - Tim
Charlotte Spencer - Lilly
Benjamin Dilloway - George
Donald Sumpter - Grandfather
Matt Cross - Lester
Lara Peake - Helen
Arabella Arnott - Mum
Written and Directed by Duane Hopkins
Produced by Samm Haillay
Executive Producer Keith Griffiths
Executive Producers Keith Potter, Ed Talfan
Co-producers Erik Hemmendorff, Kate Crowther, Jessica Ask, Andrew McVicar
Director of Photography David Proctor
Editor Chris Barwell
Production Designer Stéphane Collonge
Music Saunder Jarrisens, Daniel Bensi
Additional Composer Christoph Berg
Supervising Sound Editor Joakim Sundström
Length: 103 min
Original language: English