The Machine

By Film Hub Wales



'Perfect, heartbreaking... the closest to Blade Runner that any film has come since 1981' – Sound on Sight


The Machine is set in an impoeverished world plunged into a cold war with a new enemy, Britain's Ministry of Defence is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation. 'The Machine' - An android with unrivalled physical and processing skills, a mechanised soldier and thinking robot that would not only have the ability to fight, but to negotiate and keep peace too. 

Vincent begins by placing implant chips in fatally wounded soldiers' brains, to revive them into a state of controlled consiousness. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab and threaten his life, McCarthy seeks more help. Fuelled by his own agenda to use the new technology to help give his sick daughter another chance at life, he enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz). Together they work to harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine to save his daughter from the grips of her illness. 

Thomson (Denis Lawson), Vincent's scheming boss is only really interested in a killing machine that will follow his every command. When Vincent's creation shows signs of true consciousness and intelligence Thomson orders it to be deactivated, but The Machine has its own ideas and fights back with vengence.

Welsh Connections

Welsh writer / director: Caradog James

Welsh producer: John Giwa-Amu

Shot in Wales: Bridgend

Supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales


Date: 21st March 2013

Running time: 89 minutes

Certificate: 15

Festivals: Tribeca Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Fantasia Film Festival

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The Machine was screened for exhibitors at one of our Welsh Film Preview Days.



This is film is covered by our Made In Wales strategy, which means if you an a Welsh exhibitor you may be eliable to submit a proposal for support. For more information click here