After a traumatic event rocks a schoolgirls world, dark forces begin to consume her. As she learns how to control these forces, she encounters an atrocity in her small town that will change the course of her life forever.
Hedge is a dark fantasy, coming of age short film set in rural Yorkshire, and is being produced in conjunction with Creative England’s iShorts Scheme.
Jenny Longworth and Dan Crooke are filmmakers that have been a part Manchester’s independent film scene for the past 4 years. They have created over 30 no-budget short films between them, including genres ranging from comedy and drama, to horror and surrealism. Their latest collaboration project - 'Mal Dementé' is currently in post production.
“I've been passionate about making films for the last 4 years, over this time I've honed in my skills by taking part in Kino Kabaret film challenge events around the world. It was at one of these events in February 2014 that I made the film 'Cassée', which gained me some recognition and has subsequently been screened at multiple events. In Summer 2014 I made my most recent film ‘T.E.A.R.’ which was officially selected for Sahar short film festival and the Filmed Up event in Manchester.”
– Jenny Longworth
"I made my first short over a decade ago, and since then I've strived to improve with each film I make. I had one of my films, 'Safe', selected for the 'Filmed Up' screening at Manchester's Cornerhouse cinema in 2012." - Dan Crooke
Both Jenny and Dan have been heavily involved in the international Kino movement, and have had many of their films screened across Europe.
Hedge is our 2nd film together as a Director/Producer team and our first opportunity to work with outside funding. It will be set and filmed in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.
It is in the hills of the Pennines that a young schoolgirl called Jess has a terrifying experience in the local woods. An entity known locally as the Hedge Woman resides in these woods and acts as protector to Jess. Jess and the Hedge woman end up joining forces to take on the evils of the world.
“Hedge is a really important project as it gives me a chance to shoot a film that is set in my hometown. This is a really exciting time as this budget allows us to give the film the polish it needs to travel successfully through festivals. It's through these festivals that I hope to gain recognition to eventually be in a position to direct my first feature film.” - Jenny Longworth"I have been making films since I started University in 2004, so I'm used to producing shorts with little to no budget. This opportunity to produce a project with a realistic budget and the backing of Creative England is something I'm going to grab with both hands and take full advantage of. This is the next step in our careers, so i'll be doing my very best to make this the best film it can possibly be." - Dan Crooke
Once it is complete it is through festival submissions both nationally and worldwide that we hope to gain recognition for our filmmaking talents. We hope the extra £3000 will provide us with the means to make this film a spectacular piece of cinema and your involvement with the project can make that happen.
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