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Northern Irish revenge thriller Bad Day for the Cut on DVD in January

11 November 2017

Donal (Nigel O’Neill) is a farmer who still lives at home in a little Irish village with his mother, Florence (Stella McCusker). He works the fields during the day and drinks in the local pub at night. He seems content with a simple, quiet life. The only sense we get of his wish for something more is an old campervan, which he has lovingly restored.

When Florence is killed in an apparent home invasion, Donal sets off for Belfast in the little red van, looking for revenge. What he finds is a world of violence and brutality that he can’t understand... And a secret about his mother that will shake him to his core. 

A gripping screenplay, tight direction from Chris Baugh and an exceptional cast all come together to make Bad Day for the Cut one of the best revenge thrillers to come along in recent years.

Its Northern Ireland setting gives it a unique edge, as the persistent ghost of the Troubles provides a background to the events of the film and really gives it a sense of place. Combined with fleshed-out characters and strong performances, everything about Bad Day for the Cut feels based in reality.

At its heart sits Nigel O’Neill’s Donal, a content, quiet man who turns to violence in order to avenge the murder of his beloved mother. And what violence it is. Messy and stomach-churning, Chris Baugh’s direction ensures that the camera never shies away, making this one of the most brutal films yet to come out of Northern Ireland.

However, Bad Day for the Cut is more than just gritty violence, and it’s been winning over critics and industry insiders as it’s made stops along the festival circuit and completed a screening tour of Northern Ireland, courtesy of FilmHub N.I.. At the 2017 British Independent Film Awards, it was nominated for Breakthrough Producer for Brendan Mullin and Katy Jackson, while Chris Baugh was nominated for Best First Feature at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Bad Day for the Cut

Bad Day for the Cut will be released on UK DVD on 8 January 2018 by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment at a yet to be confirmed RRP.

No special features have been listed.

The film is available to purchase now on TVOD, EST, Sky Buy & Keep digital platforms.