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Director  Scott Graham
Screenplay  Scott Graham
Writer  Scott Graham
Language  English
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Country  Scotland
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Release date  September 23, 2012 (2012-09-23)
Initial release  March 15, 2013 (United Kingdom)
Awards  British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Cast  Chloe Pirrie (Shell), Joseph Mawle (Pete), Michael Smiley (Hugh), Iain De Caestecker (Adam), Kate Dickie (Claire), Morven Christie (Young Mother)
Similar movies  Jamon Jamon, Interstellar, Taken 3, Terminator Salvation, Independence Day, Sexual Chronicles of a French Family

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Shell is a 2012 independent Scottish drama film directed by Scott Graham. It stars Chloe Pirrie as Shell, a 17-year-old woman who lives and works at a petrol station in the remote Scottish Highlands. The film is a broader adaptation of a previous work by Scott Graham entitled with the same name released in 2007.


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Shell lives at a remote petrol station in the highlands with her father, Pete (who is epileptic). Adam (a regular customer about Shell's age) works at the local sawmill. Pete has an epileptic fit, and Shell puts a cloth between his teeth (a popular old wive's tale concerning epilepsy, but not recommended). When Pete returns home from taking a car to the scrapyard there is a charged encounter between him and Shell. That night, when the heating fails, Shell climbs into bed with her father.

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Next morning, Hugh (a regular, older, customer) returns bearing a gift of clothing for Shell. There is another charged encounter. After Hugh leaves, Shell approaches her father again as he repairs the heater.

Adam arrives to invite Shell out. He has lost his job due to being suspected of a break-in at the sawmill. He describes some of his own family issues and says is considering setting up a similar operation to Pete's, or working with Pete, but Pete rebuffs him. Adam and Shell drive off and have sex in Adam's car.

A young mother and child stop off to use the petrol station's toilets and the child leaves her doll behind. Shell runs off after the car to catch them. Pete sees she is not in the petrol station, and stares along the road (towards the spread-out village of Dundonnell and the Sail Mhor outlying peak of An Teallach). Shell is laying in the roadside heather, against a backdrop of the loch and the craggy Beinn Ghobhlach, and Pete can't see her. Shell returns to the petrol station to find Pete having another fit. While convulsing, he bites Shell badly (one reason for the caution expressed above about this old wive's tale). As he recovers from his fit, they kiss, then fall asleep together. When he wakes up, Pete sees the cut on her hand and bruises on her legs (from her encounter with Adam), gets up and throws himself under the wheels of a passing lorry.

Adam comforts Shell and they sleep together. In the morning, a lorry arrives for fuel and Shell goes off with the driver, without plans of where to go. The closing credits roll over shots of the Destitution Road leading to ... the future?


  • Chloe Pirrie as Shell
  • Michael Smiley as Hugh
  • Joseph Mawle as Pete
  • Iain De Caestecker as Adam
  • Paul Hickey as Robert
  • Kate Dickie as Clare
  • Morven Christie as Young Mother
  • Tam Dean Burn as Trucker
  • Filming

    In 2011, filming began on location in the Scottish Highlands near the village of Badcaul, situated beside the sea loch Little Loch Broom. For the film, a purpose built garage was constructed on a viewpoint overlooking the loch and the spectacular Beinn Ghobhlach on the peninsula opposite. The Destitution Road footage was shot near Fain.

    Critical reaction

    Before its release Shell was nominated for three awards at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival, including the Best Newcomer award for lead Chloe Pirrie. Director Scott Graham is nominated for the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at the 67th British Academy Film Awards.


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