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The Toll Review – Gff 2021

The Toll Review – Gff 2021

What do you get when you blend together an Elvis impersonator and well-crafted political satire against the backdrop of a rural setting in Wales? You get the unexpected in Ryan Hooper’s feature length directorial debut, The Toll.

Written by Matt Redd it is a story, like the ‘Toll Booth Man’ himself (Michael Smiley), that lures you into a false sense of security as appearing to be remarkably unremarkable. You instantly get Fargo vibes but swap the distinctive tones of Minnesota for Wales when we meet local policewoman Catrin (Annes Elwy). It is a strong, subtle and at points an emotional performance from Elwy.

The story starts with our two main characters in the toll booth where Smiley is calmly about to tell the tale of the series of events that led to this particular moment with an air of smoke and mirrors.

We are then taken on a retrospective journey,

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