Dirty God

Certificate 15


(2019) 104 mins

Director: Sacha Polak
Writers: Susie Farrell, Sacha Polak
Cinematography: Ruben Impens
Production Design: Sanne Schat
Music: Rutger Reinders



Jade (Vicky Knight) is a young mother in the prime of her life when an acid attack leaves her severely burned. While her face has been reconstructed, her beauty is lost beneath the scars. Descending a self-destructive path with relationships crumbling, Jade must take drastic action to reclaim her life.

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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.


Positively vibrating with barely suppressed pain, rage and injustice, Sacha Polak’s Dirty God is both a sharply observed character study and a damning indictment of our skin-deep Instagram culture. Fuelled by a stunning debut performance from newcomer Vicky Knight, the film explores life on the margins, without ever succumbing to the well-worn clichés that normally define such outsider narratives. That it marks the English-language debut of Dutch filmmaker Polak is particularly impressive; working with co-writer Susie Farrell, Polak has made a hard-hitting, bitingly authentic film in the vein of social-realist works by British filmmakers such as Andrea Arnold and Lynne Ramsay.”  Sight and Sound

A young Londoner’s identity is compromised when her volatile ex disfigures her with acid in Sacha Polak’s powerful English-language debut. Co-writing with Susanne Farrell, the Dutch director forgoes grim realism for something more fluid, colourful and feisty, coaxing a performance of remarkable guts and assurance from first-timer Vicky Knight.”  Radio Times

Mon 02 Sep Great Massingham


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