ZEBRA GIRL (2021) Reviews of British mystery thriller

 

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‘Shall I tell you what’s wrong with me?’

Zebra Girl is a 2021 British mystery thriller about a young wife who discovers her husband has a dark secret that leads to murder.

Directed by Stephanie Zari – making her feature debut – from a screenplay co-written with Derek Ahonen and co-star Sarah Roy, based on Ahonen’s play. Co-produced by Dai Davison, Monika Kasprzak, Antony Petrou and Stephanie Zari.

The 19th Street Productions movie stars Tom Cullen (Castle in the Ground; The Last Days on Mars), Sarah Roy, Jade Anouka (The Dark Channel) and Anna Wilson-Jones.

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Plot:

Catherine’s seemingly perfect rural life is turned upside down after she discovers her husband is hiding a dark secret that leads her to the unthinkable. Murder.

Reviews:

” …the overall mystery that the film sets up is just not interesting in and of itself. It’s hard to pull off a rewarding and cathartic ending when the rest of the movie is just so bland and uneventful […] We only ever learn a couple of things about Catherine, our lead protagonist, and even Dan, who serves as a sort of mysterious figure in the film, is painfully unexplored.” Caillou Pettis Movie Reviews

“Though Zebra Girl’s entire premise revolves around Catherine’ mental illness and the consequences of it, it shies away completely from discussing the topic head-on, and instead provides a clichéd and stereotyped version of ‘mentally ill person goes off meds and kills people.’ That is even discounting the fact that Catherine’s mental health state has to be brought on by an abusive past.” Loud and Clear

Zebra Girl is a comedy mystery that will keep evolving the story as we look to learn the truth about what Dan has been up to behind Catherine’s back, with the mystery side shining in this side of the film. The comedy comes with the moments of the social awkward side of Catherine on the first date too.” Movies Review 101

Zebra Girl is a dark film […]There’s a solid balance of cold and warm and that’s the same for the script, the characters and their actions throughout the film. Interest is piqued from beginning to end, and the way all of these technical elements come together really makes Zebra Girl an exciting and unique experience quite unlike any other.” UK Film Review

Cast and characters:

Tom Cullen … Dan
Sarah Roy … Catherine
Jade Anouka … Anita
Anna Wilson-Jones … Betty
Isabelle Connolly … Teen Catherine
Moyo Akandé … Detective Reese
Angela Yeoh … Doctor Anto
Henry Douthwaite … Father
Daisy Mayer … Young Catherine
Buckso Dhillon-Woolley … Charmaine
Siobhan Athwal … Waitress
Gemma Park … Detective
Romani Wright … Young Anita

Filming locations:

Kelso, Scotland

Technical details:

79 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Trailer: