A contemporary Cornish drama. When his mother’s folk stories become ominously connected to his own reality, Peder musters the courage to confront the shadowy figure that looms heavily over their family.
A dark shadow seems to follow the defiant youngster Peder wherever he goes. Whilst happiest in the open landscapes around the Quoit close to his home, he cannot shake the nightmarish presence of a bull – An Tarow – that threatens to overwhelm him. He knows his father is a violent drunk and he’s certain something happens downstairs after he’s gone to bed; yet his mother keeps him removed as much as she can through their shared love of folktales.
Gradually his mother’s stories of Bucca’s, Piskies and Knockers give Peder an entirely new means of escape, and his journeys to school becomes a great hunt for any sign of their presence. Whilst still wary of the sounds that come from downstairs at night, he begins to imagine confronting these dark terrors.
Meet the crew
Jonny Dry - Director
Jonny has worked exclusively on directing fictional work since 2012 with his debut short film 'Halves'. Since then he has gone on to self-fund and produce further films, namely short film 'To Meet a Sun Died Amber' and three music videos for Bristol based musician Chris Garcia.
He is set to direct two short films in 2019 – 'Touched by Flaming Brands' and 'An Tarow' – following the release of his most recent short film 'Third Quarter' which is currently screening at UK film festivals. He is an equally proud advocate of regional filmmaking, with extensive networks in both the north, and southwest and through his work as programmer and co-ordinator of the successful Cornish Slates networking events at the Falmouth Poly, which provide an opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers to show Cornish work on a big screen, meet like-minded creators and discuss future projects
Supporting his directorial projects is an extensive slate of 1st AD work which includes both short and feature length productions. His recent credits include Hannah Hill’s comedy short film ‘Lasagne’ starring Matthew Kelly and Felicity Montagu, and Martha Tilston’s debut Cornish feature ‘The Tape’.
Alongside his work in the film industry Jonny also writes on mountain culture and the environment, and is on the Board of Directors for the British Mountaineering Council.
Ella Turner - Producer
Following a first class degree in Film and a Masters in Film and Television, Ella has worked on a combination of drama and documentary. Remaining in Cornwall, she has made the most of utilising the creative community and building her network.
Ella was recently the production manager on a feature film shot in Cornwall and London, and is working with two documentary filmmakers based in the South West. Her own work was shortlisted as part of the New Creatives talent development programme, supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts, and has also been shortlisted by Exeter Phoenix and Real Stories for her documentary project, Guns of the South, which is currently in pre-production.
Alongside her film work, Ella also manages Talula Cup UK, a women's menstrual health business based in Cornwall and Zambia.
Samuel Jay Chessell - Screenwriter
Following a Master’s of Fine Art designing an interactive art installation which ultimately went on to inspire further short film work, Sam’s first feature script Sentinel received positive feedback from Bafta Rocliffe in 2018, and he is currently working towards his second feature Undertow – a bittersweet drama set in Cornwall.
Alongside this he has also written several short scripts, one of which Home was long-listed for the Shore Scripts Short Film Fund in 2019. Sam also works as a narrative designer & writer on video games, he is currently working with a number of independent developers on various sizes and styles of game – from Sci-Fi Shoot ‘em Ups, to Horror Puzzle solvers. He has previously collaborated with Jonny as co-producer and assistant director on To Meet a Sun Died Amber and Third Quarter
Dan Baboulene - Composer
Dan has had a passion for film music from a young age, scoring his first film at 16 and his second 'Going Under' being nominated in the 'Up and Coming' category of London Film Festival. Since then he has gone on to obtain a music degree from Oxford University as a Leask Scholar, and interned at Hans Zimmer's Studio in Los Angeles with Henry Jackman's company Sacred Tiger.
Working with Pinewood Studios' 'Enter the Pitch' competition closely over the last five years Dan has scored short films that have played and won at festivals all over the world. This year he scored Jason Wingard's feature film 'In Another Life,' which won 'Best UK Feature' at Raindance film festival, and a BIFA in the 'Discovery' category,' as well as being selected for screening at Dinard Film Festival. Dan’s music has also featured on recent release comedy 'Eaten By Lions' starring Jonny Vegas, Jack Carroll and Asim Chaudhry and has also worked in Joris de Man's music department this year as a copyist on the Horizon Zero Dawn additional levels 'Frozen Wilds,' and as an assistant orchestrator on the soundtrack for 'Chuck Steel, Night of the Trampires.' In 2019 he scored Toby Paton's BBC 2 documentary on Brexit featuring Laura Kuenssberg.
Extra Rewards Information:
Cornish Holiday - if you choose this reward, we will talk to you separately about sorting a date suitable for you and your guests. The location is in Penryn, Cornwall and the house has two bedrooms and sleeps four people. We will have someone there to meet you and they will be on call if you need anything during your stay. The days the house is available are Friday - Sunday, and you have from January 2020 to December 2020 to find a weekend that works for you and us. We are flexible!
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