Unconditional Movie, a UK film staring Christian Cooke

Best UK independent film 2012.
  • Christian Cooke
  • Harry McEntire
  • Madeleine Clark


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UNCONDITIONAL is a darkly humorous psycho-romance about 16-year old twins OWEN and KRISTEN who are so wrapped up in their own world that they’re misfits in the real one. They spend their days caring for their disabled mum MAUREEN. It’s actually fun although they long for escape. And along comes LIAM – 20s, tough, charming, full velocity, genuinely cool. Kristen fancies him with the intensity of someone in a fairytale. Then Liam takes Owen out drinking. Owen knows as much about pubs as Kristen does about men. They go back to Liam’s flat where he pulls out a set of designer women’s clothes and, “just for a laugh”, gets Owen to wear them. It’s a Cinderella moment. Owen finds Liam and the world instantly attracted to him. Liam isn’t a monster, he’s a romantic, offering unconditional love, on one condition: Owen takes his sister Kristen’s name and identity.

But the wiring in Liam’s head is further out than Owen thought: he veers between adoration and menace, increasingly trying to exorcise Owen from his invention. When Owen tries to escape Liam kidnaps ‘Kristen’ and books them into seaside honeymoon suite where a surreal, frightening but painfully funny climax plays out…

UNCONDITIONAL - “Love…on one condition”

Press & Publicity

..." a fully realised, powerful and pitch-perfect British film. Higgins’ skilled, intrusive, yet tenderly watchful eye blends with the performances and punchy, unexpected shifts in tone and direction that come from Fisher’s more experienced writing style. Unconditional is a film that’s as realistic as it is tender, awakening and deeply disturbing, yet inherently optimistic..."


"What’s perhaps most engaging about Unconditional is just how unpredictable it is. You’re never quite sure which direction it’s going as it often does change its tone and tact in a way that’s fascinating rather than frustrating. What could have been a crass or exploitative exercise is rather an impressively handled drama pulled off with intelligence and passion. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the EIFF 2012..."


“An impressively made and darkly disturbing drama, nicely scripted and impressively shot...a delightfully skewed look at that dramatic cliché of obsessive love driven by impressive performances… Its brooding style and crisp cinematography mark director Bryn Higgins out as filmmaker to be watched…"

Screen International, Mark Adams, Chief Film Critic

“Everything from the look of the film to the flow of the edit enhances that raw unpredictability.”

filmthreat.com, Mark Bell

"A potent mix of class, gender, sexual and generational tensions with excellent performances"

San Francisco Chronicle

"Bravura breakthrough performances"

Nick Love, Vertigo Films

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Cast & Crew


  • Christian Cooke
  • Harry McEntire
  • Madeleine Clark
  • Melanie Hill
  • James Bolam

Directed by

Bryn Higgins

Written by

Joe Fisher

Executive Producers

Clare Duggan

Tom Harvey

Sean Kelly


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