This extract is taken from the first professional short by Lynne Ramsay - toast of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival with her latest feature 'We Need to Talk About Kevin'.
Set in Ramsay's native Glasgow, 'Kill the Day' is a compelling study of the inner life of an ex-con junkie whose ability to distinguish between reality and memory/dream life is beginning to erode. Ramsay skilfully manipulates the soundtrack, which has the double effect of pulling us deeper into the non-linear narrative while shrewdly dislodging the protagonist from his own story. As he lies in bed pondering his fate, the abject James would appear to ask himself not "who am I?" but simply, "where am I?" Bleak, but totally absorbing. (Dominic Leppla)