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The Girl with All the Gifts

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In a heavily guarded compound, a small group of children is being studied in a programme to discover the cure to a virus that has ravaged the globe. They are the last hope the human race has for survival. 10-year-old Melanie attends school lessons daily. Like any young girl she has a favourite teacher and a favourite subject, however, she is escorted to class in full body restraints and when they come for her, it is with guns drawn.
Melanie and her fellow pupils are second-generation hybrids - part 'Hungry', part human. But unlike first generation 'Hungries', Melanie excels in the classroom, is acutely attentive, imaginative, highly intelligent and loves her favourite teacher, Miss Justineau. Melanie's talents draw the attention of Dr. Caldwell who is searching for the key to the evolution of the virus.
When the base is overrun by Hungries, Melanie escapes with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell, who is intent on using Melanie to synthesise a vaccine. Does Melanie hold the key to unlocking a cure for the plague on course to destroy the human race?
Adapted by novelist and comic book author Mike Carey from his best-selling 2014 book 'The Girl with All the Gifts'.
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2016 - Midnight Madness


Type of film
Running Time
110 mins
Colm McCarthy
Camille Gatin, Angus Lamont
Executive Producer
Lizzie Francke, Ben Roberts, Richard Holmes, Christopher Moll, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, Mike Runagall
Matthew Cannings
Mike Carey (novel and screenplay)
Director of Photography
Simon Dennis
Production Designer
Kristian Milsted
Sound: Dillon Bennett; Sound Mixer: Will Whale
Cristobal Tapia de Veer
Principal Cast
Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Sennia Nanua, Dominique Tipper, Fisayo Akinade, Anthony Welsh, Anamaria Marinca

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Last updated 30th August 2016

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A Poison Chef, Altitude Film Entertainment production supported by the BFI Film Fund

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