The War Zone

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The War Zone
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tim Roth
Produced by Sarah Radclyffe
Dixie Linder
Written by Alexander Stuart
Starring Ray Winstone
Tilda Swinton
Lara Belmont
Freddie Cunliffe
Distributed by Lot 47 Films
Release date(s) December 10, 1999
Running time 94 minutes
Country Italy
United Kingdom
Language English

The War Zone is a 1999 drama film written by Alexander Stuart, based on his novel, and directed by Tim Roth. The film takes a blunt look at incest and sexual violence in an English family.

Upon its release, the movie won nine awards and 10 nominations.


Tom (Freddie Cunliffe) is a teenager distraught due to his family's move from London to the Devonshire countryside, where he misses his old friends. He begins to uncover a secret sexual relationship between his 18-year-old sister, Jessie (Lara Belmont), and their father (Ray Winstone). The tension between Tom and Jessie worsens as he reveals his knowledge of the incest.


Cunliffe and Belmont, neither of whom had any previous professional acting experience, were selected through an open-casting call. .

Critical acclaim[edit]

The film received mostly positive reviews, and was awarded and nominated for many critics' awards.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Festival/awarding body Award/nomination
1999 Berlin International Film Festival C.I.C.A.E. Award - Tim Roth (won)
2000 Bodil Awards Best Non-American Film - Tim Roth (nominated)
1999 British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer - Lara Belmont (won)

Best British Independent Film (nominated)
Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film - Ray Winstone (nominated)
Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film - Lara Belmont (nominated)

1999 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards CFCA Award Most Promising Actress Lara Belmont (nominated)
1999 European Film Awards Best Film - Dixie Linder, Sarah Radclyffe (nominated)

European Discovery of the Year - Tim Roth (won)

1999 Edinburgh International Film Festival Best New British Feature - Tim Roth (won)
1999 Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival Tróia Award - First Works Section - Tim Roth (won)
1999 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Jury Award - Best Director - Tim Roth (won)

Jury Award - Best First Feature - Tim Roth (won)
Jury Award - Spirit of Independents - Lara Belmont (won)

1999 Independent Spirit Awards Independent Spirit Award Best Foreign Film - Tim Roth (nominated)
1999 Valladolid International Film Festival Silver Spike - Tim Roth (won)

Golden Spike - Tim Roth (nominated)

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