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Back in 2007, Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz and Dead Man’s Shoes actor Paddy Considine unveiled his directorial debut, the short film Dog Altogether (you can see a promo shot at the head of this post). Over the next eighteen months or so, the film went on to win a number of awards, including the BAFTA for best short, and Considine was pretty soon talking about making his first feature film.

Giving an interview to Empire, in early 2008 Considine said Tyrannosaur was going to be…

…about a woman leaving an abusive relationship. But it’s not your run-of-the-mill, kitchen-sink drama, there are bits and pieces in there that hopefully make it a little bit different. Hopefully, we start shooting it at the end of the year.

The end of the year came and went – and the whole of another year, for that matter – and only now does Tyrannosaur seem to be gearing up for production. Good things come to those who wait, I suppose. And those who wait, in this case, include Dog Altogether stars Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, and new-addition Eddie Marsan.

While Screen Daily‘s announcement only tell us that the film is being supported by the East Midlands Development Agency, more details have been published by IonCinema. They call it “a continuation and expansion” of the characters from Dog Altogether, and offer this synopsis:

Tells the story of Joseph (Peter Mullan), a man who is plagued by a violence and rage that is driving him to self destruction. As he falls further into turmoil Joseph scours the landscape in search of a single grain of redemption that might restore hope to his fractured life. He meets Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker (Colman). Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own that has devastating results on both their lives.

No hint, then, of the role Marsan will be playing. Fantastic to see Ms. Colman in a too-rare dramatic role.

Dog Altogether was shot in Glasgow due to heavy funding from Scottish agencies. Therefore, I think we can expect Tyrannosaur to go before cameras in the East Midlands.

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