A Lonely Place to Die

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A Lonely Place to Die
Theatrical poster
Directed by Julian Gilbey
Produced by Michael Loveday
Written by
Cinematography Ali Asad
Edited by Julian Gilbey
  • Carnaby Film Productions
  • Eigerwand Media
  • Molinare Studio
  • Genesis Film Sales
Distributed by Kaleidoscope Film Distribution
Release date
  • 10 April 2011 (2011-04-10) (ActionFest)
  • 9 September 2011 (2011-09-09) (United Kingdom)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $4 million
Box office $25.3 million

A Lonely Place to Die is a 2011 British thriller film directed by Julian Gilbey[1] and based on a screenplay from Will Gilbey and Julian Gilbey.[2] It stars Melissa George, Ed Speleers, Karel Roden, Eamonn Walker, Sean Harris and Kate Magowan.[3]


Mountaineers Alison, Ed, Rob, Jenny, and Alex are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover Anna, a young Serbian girl buried alive in a small chamber in the wilderness. Upon rescuing her, the group finds themselves pursued by her captors, Mr. Kidd and Mr. Mcrae, who hunt them down in an effort to reclaim Anna. Only Alison and Ed manage to escape the wilderness and reach Stonehaven, while Rob, Jenny, and Alex fall victim to the kidnappers.

Meanwhile, Serbian mobster Darko and mercenaries Andy and Chris travel to the area to negotiate a ransom exchange with Mr. Kidd and Mr. Mcrae. Having been unable to recapture Anna, Mr. Kidd attempts to bluff his way through the negotiation with Darko while Mr. Mcrae continues to pursue Alison and Ed through Stonehaven. As the surviving mountaineers flee, Chris shoots Ed when he mistakes him for the kidnappers and is in turn shot by Mr. Mcrae, but manages to inform Darko that the kidnappers no longer have Anna before dying. After finishing off Ed, Mr. Mcrae chases Alison and Anna into a household. The house catches fire and a struggle between Alison and Mr. Mcrae ensues that ends with Alison killing him by pushing him out of a window. She then manages to save Anna from the burning building before she is rescued by firefighters. Mr. Kidd nearly escapes with the ransom money, but is captured by Andy.

Mr. Kidd is brought before Anna's father and mob boss Mr. Rakovic, who has him buried alive for the kidnapping. Alison is transported to the hospital in an ambulance as Anna remains by her side.



Shooting began on 13 May 2010 in Scotland under the working title The Grave at Angel's Peak.[4] Julian Gilbey shot the film from the screenplay "The Long Weekend" by Will Gilbey.[5] The film is produced by Carnaby International, the studio behind Doghouse.[6] Franka Potente was originally cast for the role as Alison[7] and was later replaced by Melissa George.[8]

The film was shot at various locations in Scotland, including Glen Coe, Glen Etive, Strathconon, Dingwall and Corrieshalloch Gorge.[9][10]

In April 2011, the film had its world premiere at the ActionFest film festival in Asheville, North Carolina USA, where it was awarded 'Best Film' and 'Best Director'.

After the Cannes film market in May 2011, Kaleidoscope Entertainment picked up the UK rights to release the film.

The film had its UK premiere on 29 August 2011, where it was the closing film of Frightfest. It was released in UK cinemas shortly thereafter on 7 September. It was released in North America in November 2011, following a screening at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival on 24 October 2011.[11]


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 77% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10.[12] The movie was liked by 50% of viewers voting on the site.[13]


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