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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?

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

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:

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