Steven Knight has shown himself to be an auteur on the rise after writing films such as Eastern Promises and making his directorial debut with Redemption. With his latest film, Locke, which stars Tom Hardy, he explores some of the hardest territory in film. Shot in real time over seven days, the movie follows construction foreman Ivan Locke as he makes a lonely nighttime drive from Birmingham to London to see a woman in the hospital for reasons not immediately apparent. Along the way, he systematically dismantles his life through a series of phone calls (Hardy is the sole actor ever seen on screen), as well as conversations he apparently has with the deceased drifter father who abandoned him. Knight shot the entire movie from beginning to end each night, with Hardy performing his part like an actor in a one-man play and the supporting cast calling in their lines from a hotel room as part of the process. Single-location filmmaking is some of the hardest to master, and it’s only though a brilliant script by Knight and the always amazing yet underrated acting chops of Hardy that you become glued to the story of this ordinary man having a very ordinary tragedy in his terribly ordinary life. It’s a movie about right and wrong on a level all of us can identify with, and you might get a chance to ask Knight all about it as part of the live simulcast question-and-answer session at the end of the screening.
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7:30 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, 114 Vintage Park. For information, call 713-715-4707 or visit drafthouse.com. $12.
Tue., April 29, 7:30 p.m., 2014