The Levelling tells the story of trainee veterinarian Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) as she returns to the farm where she grew up after hearing news that her brother Harry has died in an apparent suicide. Finding the family home in ruins following recent floods that devastated the Somerset area, Clover is forced to confront her difficult father Aubrey about the farm, the livestock and, crucially, the details surrounding Harry’s death. As the funeral approaches, Clover’s discoveries send her on an emotional journey and a reckoning – with the land, her family and herself.
The film’s writer / director, Hope Dickson-Leach, was nominated for the Best Debut Screenwriter award at BIFA 2016, and long-listed for the Douglas Hickox Debut Director Award and the Discovery Award. Leading actress Ellie Kendrick was long-listed for the BIFA 2016 Most Promising Newcomer Award.