Despite a new lockdown, there are still things to look forward to. Following rave reviews at BFI London Film Festival and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, among others, Muscle is coming to UK cinemas and Video on Demand from 4th December, and we are proud to unveil the brand new UK poster and a set of exclusive stills.
From writer-director Gerard Johnson (Hyena, Tony) and shot in stunning black and white, Muscle is a psychological thriller that’s dripping in sweat, tears and testosterone.
The film tells the story of Simon (Cavan Clerkin, The Last Kingdom, The Capture) an unhappy, unambitious office worker whose life is gradually taken over by Terry (Craig Fairbrass, Villain, Rise of the Footsoldier) his new, hands-on personal trainer who reveals himself to be more committed, and more dangerous, than Simon could have ever imagined.
Simon isn’t living the life he wants. He’s tired of his dead-end job at a call centre – and he isn’t even any good at it. He and his girlfriend are painfully drifting apart, he’s sick of his life and it’s time to make a change and hit the gym. But everything spins out of control when he draws the attention of Terry, who offers to coach him, and quickly becomes his boss, friend and roommate. Soon, Simon finds himself trapped in a self-destructive spiral with every aspect of his life resting in Terry’s hands, and no way out.
Johnson is a director who always pushes boundaries and the cast is at their all-time best here, including Craig Fairbrass in his most intense role ever. After his last film, Villain, he’s going through something of a renaissance tackling deep, complex roles. It’s a performance not to be missed.
Look for Muscle in cinemas and on Video on Demand from 4th December, courtesy of Dazzler Media.
It’s also released on Digital Download on 18th January and it’s coming to Blu-ray & DVD 1st February 2021.