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Apostasy (PG)


Drama which concerns the tensions within a family of Jehovah's Witnesses following a religious transgression.

The critical consensus

Demonstrating a steady hand in the face of incendiary and personally challenging subject matter, Kokotajlo's debut is a meticulously measured drama that shows the toll of prioritising religious adherence over all else.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 23/07/2018

By tackling his story as a drama, Kokotajlo brings a nuance and emotion to Apostasy that simply wouldn’t have been present if he had taken a more polemical approach.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 25/07/2018

Well crafted and of noble intent, even if it sometimes feels as if this material might have worked better as a documentary.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 26/07/2018

With a trio of fine performances and remarkable poise and control, this intimate and compelling drama manages to explore and expose authoritarian religion without, ironically, being judgemental.

****(*)Nev Pierce, Empire Online, 26/07/2018

Respectful yet sharply critical, the film’s specificity about a world rarely seen on screen is gripping, but it’s the silent pain of Finneran’s performance as the fissures start to appear in Ivanna’s life that linger longest.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 26/07/2018

Features about Apostasy (PG)

Apostasy director: 'It was liberating to leave the Jehovah's Witnesses'.

Rachel Cooke, The Observer, 15/07/2018

Daniel Kokotajlo on how his upbringing as a Jehovah's Witness informed new film Apostasy

Oliver Lunn, The Independent, 25/07/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday August 10, 2018, until Wednesday August 15, 2018. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Monday August 13, 2018, until Thursday August 16, 2018. More info:

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