Andrew Gower played one of the roles in Out of Darkness, an award winning independent short film by Manjinder Virk, which deals with the impact of war, loss and death, as an Aid worker’s story is told through nine different voices. Tom Hiddleston, Monica Dolan, Jimmy Akingbola, Christine Bottomley, Riz Ahmed, Asheq Akhtar, Noma Dumezweni and Manjinder Virk portrayed the other voices.
Out of Darkness had its London and World Premiere at the 57th BFI London Film Festival on 9 October 2013. It won Best Drama and Overall Film at the Aesthetica Film Festival and Best Film at the Still Moving Film festival and was one of the official selections at the East End Film Festival and the Shorts shorts festival, Tokyo.
Here is what some critics had to say about the film:
“Intriguing and thought provoking…”
“Virk’s film is both elegantly simple in its execution and profoundly affecting in its impact. Unflinching and emotionally raw, it explores our relationship with the ultimate taboo subject: death. The result is devastating.”
(Wendy Ide, The Times film critic)
“For all its experimental rigour and rejection of dramatic conventions, Out of Darkness is intensely, nakedly human. If it is at first disorientating, it is then pleadingly raw in its message.”
(Tom Seymour, Little White Lies)