Tommy Cowley (Aneurin Barnard) lives a quiet life in a decaying apartment complex with his highly pregnant wife. The couple is attacked one day by a group of hooded young thugs, and after a shocking act of violence, Tommy is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. So shaken by the events that he’s developed extreme agoraphobia, Tommy alternates days hiding out indoors in his new flat from imagined threats and intense therapy sessions aimed at bringing him back to normalcy. When the same hooded gang, seemingly intent on kidnapping his daughter, begins terrorizing his life again, he’s torn between his paralyzing fear and protective parental instinct. With the help of a vigilante priest who has uncovered the genesis of this ruthless, potentially supernatural gang, Tommy must overcome his fears and venture into the heart of the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel to save his family.
November 9, 2012 (US)(Limited)
January 29, 2013 (US)(DVD)
Now On DVD
R "disturbing violent content, and language."
- Cinedigm Entertainment Group and New Video have partnered to distribute the film in the US. There will be a limited theatrical run from Cinedigm before it gets an on-demand/DVD release from New Video.
- Alternate synopsis: Citadel tells the story of widower and single father Tommy Cowley, a man inflicted with chronic agoraphobia since the day his wife was attacked. He was unable to protect her. He lives in Edenstown, the council estate from hell. Here he finds himself terrorized by a gang of syringe wielding feral children, who are intent on taking his baby daughter. With the help of a kind Nurse and a renegade Priest, Tommy learns the nightmarish truth surrounding these hooded children. He also learns that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one place he fears the most – The abandoned Tower block known as the Citadel.
- Premiered at 2012's SXSW.
- More details on the "feral children": "Concealed beneath hooded tops, they attack innocent adults with septic syringes to harvest their blood and abduct small children to swell their ranks. Abandoned by the police, the small community that remains is plagued by the brutal and rampant gangs that few truly understand. Emerging at night, they are especially drawn to anyone showing fear - in fact they can see it and sense it."
- This is an Iris/UK co-production that shot in Glasgow and Dublin.
- This is Ciaran Foy's feature film debut, after working on several short films.
- Writer/director Ciaran Foy was reportedly inspired to write the script after being a victim of an unprovoked urban attack and the resulting agoraphobia that followed it.
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