Film review: Six Years Gone

Six years ago, Carrie Dawson suffered every mum’s nightmare when her daughter was abducted.

In this slow-burning drama, Veronica Jean Trickett is wonderful as the mum who wonders each and every day what happened to her child.

This is an effective thriller about never letting go, never accepting official and authority silence, about survival.

As a low-budget, indie film, it doesn’t have big bucks or marquee names to play with, but that doesn’t matter. It is what stays in your mind once the credit rolls that defines a good viewing experience.

Writer and director Warren Dudley has brought a tight and realistic script to the screen and locations, music, and cinematography are all very well chosen and crafted.

Without spoiling the plot, there are many little issues and moments that lead to young Lolly’s disappearance, each a ‘what if’ that twists and turns in Cassie.

After working in comedy and horror genre films, Dudley wanted to make something real and gritty, and even if some areas dip into slight ‘we’ve seen this before’ territory, it still feels fresh enough for us to accept them.

Relentlessly bleak but very well done, Six Years Gone won’t be for all but fans of the likes of Leigh and Loach may well find something to admire here.

It’s a gut-wrenching, emotional and harsh trip through families and their relationships, and what really matters within the lives we lead.

Six Years Gone is available through various online platforms and more information and links are available on the film’s dedicated website.

Thanks to Warren for access to this film.