The Disappearance of Alice Creed

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Disappearance of alice creed UK poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by J Blakeson
Produced by Adrian Sturges
Written by J Blakeson
Starring Gemma Arterton
Martin Compston
Eddie Marsan
Music by Marc Canham
Cinematography Philipp Blaubach
Edited by Mark Eckersley
Isle of Man Film
Distributed by West End Films
Release dates
  • 12 September 2009 (2009-09-12) (TIFF)
  • 30 April 2010 (2010-04-30) (United Kingdom)
Running time
96 minutes[2]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £554,832[3]

The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a 2009 British thriller film about the kidnapping of a young woman by two ex-convicts. The film is written and directed by J Blakeson and stars Gemma Arterton as the captured Alice Creed, with Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan as Danny and Vic, the kidnappers.[4][5]


Victor and Danny kidnap Alice, the only daughter of a rich man. Alice, her head hooded, is taken to a soundproofed room. All her clothing is cut off and a ballgag is buckled into place. Her wrists are fastened to a bed with handcuffs, and her ankles are attached to the bed with rope. Her head is held so that she is forced to look at the camera as she is photographed naked. She is dressed in a tracksuit, the hood is replaced and she is left in the darkened room on the bed.

While Vic is away, Danny is left guarding the imprisoned Alice. She tells him that she needs to use the toilet and persuades Danny to turn his back. She manages to grab his pistol, which she fires into the wall. When she points the gun at Danny, he is forced to reveal his identity to her. They have been lovers since before his time in jail. He explains the plan and that he met Vic while in jail. She is angry, but eventually agrees to play along. Vic returns, and Danny spots the empty shell casing on the floor. Later, while Vic is away again, Danny and Alice are about to have sex but Alice exploits the situation to handcuff Danny naked to the bed and pick up the gun. Danny retrieves the gun as Vic returns. He finds one of their mobile phones on the bed showing a 999 call. Then he finds the bullet in the wall and he forces Alice to tell him what has been happening.

Vic is shocked that Danny has deceived him, even more so because the two of them are lovers, observing that Danny could not have faked his arousal. They move Alice to a deserted, rural warehouse, where they lock her up. Going to a forest to pick up the ransom, Vic confronts and shoots Danny before he manages to flee. Vic retrieves the ransom eleswhere and returns to Alice. He tries to give her a fatal injection but the wounded Danny returns, overcomes him and shoots him. With Vic close to death, he leaves Alice secure. Vic throws the keys to Alice, who escapes. Finding Danny dead, she drives away in the car containing the ransom money.



The film was screened at the 2009 London Film Festival,[6] the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival,[7] and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010.

After a well publicised Facebook campaign to choose a Cinema to host the World Premiere of the film, Southampton University Student's Union won the event, which took place on 20 April 2010.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 82% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 92 reviews.[9] It has received a number of four star ratings in the UK press.[10][11][12] Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian made the following comment about the much discussed plot twists: "There's twist and counter-twist, cross and double-cross, and with each narrative reveal comes a firework display of Big Acting".[13] It was well received at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Cameron Bailey, co-director of TIFF,[14] praises J Blakeson's directorial style, claiming that "Not since Reservoir Dogs has a hostage standoff been handled with such intelligence".[7]

The film was nominated for the Raindance Award at the 2009 British Independent Film Awards.[15]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD in the UK on 4 October 2010.[16]


  1. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed
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  4. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed IMDb – The Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed The British Films Catalogue
  6. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed The Times BFI London Film Festival
  7. ^ a b The Disappearance of Alice Creed Toronto International Film Festival
  8. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed Official website
  9. ^ "The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  10. ^ [1] Film Review at
  11. ^ [2] Film Review at
  12. ^ [3] Film Review at (London)
  13. ^ Peter Bradshaw (29 April 2010). "The Disappearance of Alice Creed". The Guardian. 
  14. ^ Cameron's Highlights Toronto International Film Festival
  15. ^ The Disappearance of Alice Creed British Independent Film Awards
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