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EMR

James Erskine and Danny McCullough
2004, United Kingdom, 86 minutes
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North American Premiere

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Shot in San Francisco and London, EMR recently received the Jury Award for Best UK Feature at London’s Raindance Film Festival, We are happy to bring the film back to San Francisco for its North American premiere.

Kurt Cobain sang the lyric: “Just because you’re paranoid, don’t mean they’re not after you,” and William S. Burroughs once said, "A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on." This is wisdom that Adam Jones has acquired the hard way (possibly when he was abducted by the aliens and probed).

Adam is a conspiracy theorist who is certain that ‘they’ are after him. Taking an experimental drug for his epilepsy, Adam begins suffering from black-outs, seizures and terrifying visions. But when he wakes up in a hotel room in Mexico minus a kidney, Adam is convinced he is being manipulated by outside forces - and he’s not even convinced they are human. With his reality becoming more and more fractured, and unable to trust anyone – let alone himself – Adam believes he is moving closer to tracking down his tormentors. But is he?

Erskine and McCullough’s debut feature is a deft thriller in a paranoiac’s wonderland, and the plot winds its way, Rubik’s cube-like, to a satisfyingly twisted climax. At times sinister, surprising and striking, and with an endearingly hapless hero, EMR is a refreshingly British take on the thriller that will make you think twice the next time you knock back a couple of aspirin.

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