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Paddy Considine’s directorial debut, Tyrannosaur, earned solid reviews and a handful of awards at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, including a World Cinema Directing Award and a Special Jury Acting Prizes for co-stars Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman. Now that the independent drama is gearing up for its UK release (scheduled for Oct. 14), we’re getting a look at the film’s stark, sepia-toned one sheet (courtesy of Empire), which suggests secrets being buried like the bones of a deceased reptilian beast.

Considine’s film, which we wrote and directed, revolves around Joseph (Mullan), an angry drunk with very little left to live for who’s given one last chance at redemption when he befriends Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian charity shop worker. As Joseph gets to know this special woman, he discovers that she has her own destructive secrets, and the shadows of those hard truths could threaten both of their lives.

I’m always curious when an actor tries his or her hand at directing. And while I don’t know a lot about Colman, who seems to have worked steadily on British television shows like Peep Show and Beautiful People, Mullan’s an underrated character actor and Considine has lured the great Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky, Sherlock Holmes) for a supporting role. The film doesn’t have a release date in the States yet. I wonder if it will make the fall film festival circuit to try and drum up studio support?