These stills are taken from the psychological thriller directed by Anthony Neilson for Film Four.
Anger: This still from the “The Debt Collector” shows Keltie (actor Ken Stott) venting his displeasure to a fellow policeman. The frame is tight on the two actors, and the camera follows them downstairs. The camera movement is halted as Stott turns to his colleague and looks up spitting venom. I think it is important that both figures are in the frame, up close and personal.
Despair: Having been attacked in her home and raped by Keltie, Dryden’s wife Val, desperately implores the police to find Keltie before he kills her husband. Although in all of these shots, close framing helps to reveal and reinforce the emotion, the accompanying soundtrack and the actor’s dialogue make an equal contribution.
Fear: In another scene, a young thug is confronted by former Debt Collector Nickie Dryden (Billy Connolly) as he angrily berates him. Again the framing is close enough to show the fearful expression the lads face. It also gives the viewer a feeling of being involved and very close to the action. In this way the emotion is communicated in such a way as to perhaps scare the viewer also.
Joy: At the end of the film, Annette Crosbie sheds tears of joy as she looks out over the impressive grounds of her new home. A close up enables the viewer to see the tears welling up in her eyes and the smile that forms on her lips as she takes in the scene.