Surge (2020 British film)

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Atlàntida Film Fest poster
Directed byAneil Karia
Written by
  • Aneil Karia
  • Rupert Jones
  • Rita Kalnejais
Produced by
  • Julia Godzinskaya
  • Sophie Vickers
CinematographyStuart Bentley
Edited byAmanda James
Music byTujiko Noriko
Distributed byVertigo Releasing
Release dates
  • 26 January 2020 (2020-01-26) (Sundance)
  • 28 May 2021 (2021-05-28) (United Kingdom)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$34,444

Surge is a 2020 British psychological drama thriller film, directed by Aneil Karia from a screenplay by Karia, Rupert Jones and Rita Kalnejasis. It stars Ben Whishaw, Ellie Haddington, Ian Gelder and Jasmine Jobson.

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 26 January 2020 and was released in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2021, by Vertigo Releasing.


A mentally ill man goes on a bold and reckless journey of self-liberation in London.



The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 26 January 2020.[2] In January 2021, Vertigo Releasing acquired U.K. and Irish distribution rights to the film.[3] It was released on 28 May 2021.[4] In June 2021, FilmRise acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[5] The film went on to gross $34,444 worldwide.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Surge holds a 77% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 52 reviews, with an average of 6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Discomfiting by design, Surge will wear some viewers down -- but Ben Whishaw's mesmerizing performance keeps the action gripping even when it's hard to take."[7] Whishaw received World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival.


  1. ^ "Surge". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  2. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (4 December 2019). "Sundance Unveils Female-Powered Lineup Featuring Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem, Abortion Road Trip Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  3. ^ Rosser, Michael (20 January 2021). "Sundance award-winner 'Surge' scores UK-Ireland deal (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Surge". Film Distributors Association. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  5. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (8 June 2021). "Sundance Winner 'Surge', Starring Ben Whishaw, Gets North America Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Surge Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Surge (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 30 October 2021.

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