“A Reckoning” finds a man wandering around an empty landscape. No other people are alive, so he builds straw men and women to take their place. At points, you’ll think he’s insane. However, there’s an emotional honesty to his need for companionship that suggests something far worse. If you thought “Threads” needed a solitary focus, this will do it for you. While the film wasn’t that long, it took so much to hang in there. Sometimes, you can make something so depressing that it’s physically taxing to watch.

That being said, check it out. Fans of dystopian fiction will want to see it.


  • 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Not Rated
  • Straw Man Films


  • 90%
    Film Score - 90%

The Plot Thus Far

A Reckoning is a 2011 post-apocalyptic British film written and directed by Andrew David Barker. It stars Leslie Simpson (Dog Soldiers, Doomday) and Axelle Carolyn (director of Soulmate and Tales of Halloween).

The film follows a lone man struggling to make sense of his life in an empty, crumbling world. Whether he is the last man on Earth, the survivor of some catastrophic apocalypse, or just insane is unknown. To cling on to a sense of normality, he creates straw people who he interacts with, teaching a ‘class’ at the school. But as his delusions grow stronger, it seems that he might not be alone after all.

A Reckoning was shot under the title Straw Man during January and February of 2009, in the middle of the worst British winter for 30 years. Star Simpson starved himself to achieve the emaciated look on his character.

The film is something of a ‘lost’ film as a dispute between filmmaker Barker and the film’s financiers, resulting in the film being lost in legal limbo for many years.

Andrew David Barker was born in Derby, England in 1975. He is an author, screenwriter, and director.
In 2011, he wrote and directed an independent feature, ‘A Reckoning’. He has since penned two acclaimed coming of age novels,’The Electric’ and ‘Dead Leaves’, the former currently in development with Arupt Entertainment. He now lives in Warwickshire, England, trying to be a grown up.


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