I FIRST became aware of the word ‘bottle’ being used to describe a film or TV show set mostly in a single location, during an episode of Community, a cheerfully self-referential cult US sitcom (now available to stream on All 4 and well worth a view).

While cinema often offers new horizons and exotic locations, there is potential in limiting those horizons and keeping us firmly in one place, and the best ‘bottle’ films are so good you don’t notice their limitations.

Bottle films go back a long way, Rear Window from 1954 had James Stewart confined to both a wheelchair and a single apartment, yet still manages to be a pacy thriller, as is 12 Angry Men with Henry Fonda, both the very definition of a bottle film, and both considered classics.

Since then we’ve had films like Carnage, Moon, Repulsion and Clue – all set predominantly in one location.

Bottle films can use the claustrophobia of a confined setting to their advantage, as shown by Phone Booth, 127 Hours and 10 Cloverfield Lane.

2010’s gripping Buried is the most extreme example; here, Ryan Reynolds is stuck in a coffin underground with a phone and little else to aid his escape, it’s the most limited location in any of these films but inventive camera work and a taut script succeed.

Most of the bottle films mentioned are American, but Britain has a sterling contribution with The Hide, a little-seen thriller from 2008 set in a bird hide in Suffolk.

Mild-mannered birdwatcher Roy Tunt is awaiting a very rare sighting when he is joined by an unexpected visitor, resulting in plenty of twists and turns.

With a tiny cast and one location used to full effect, this is one bottle film I can’t wait to uncork!

The Hide screens on Tuesday, February 19 at Kinokulture in Arthur Street, Oswestry.

For more information, visit www.oswestryfilmsociety.com