Rosie Dean doesn't look like a typical Morris dancer, but something about her local group has drawn her in to the extent that she has cut off all contact with her friends and family...
An exciting new short film, Hell's Bells, will be shot in Devon this summer. Described as a psychological thriller about Morris dancing, the film has already begun pre-production after receiving backing from Creative England and the BFI NET.WORK through their iShorts scheme for emerging filmmakers.
The short film has been written by writer/director Luke Jeffery, and tells the story of a young woman who has been brainwashed by a group of renegade Morris dancers.
Hell’s Bells will be submitted to a number of film festivals, including the London Short Film Festival and Aesthetica Film Festival, and there will also be a local screening of the film at Exeter Phoenix later in the year.
World domination doesn't come cheap. Creative England and BFI NET.WORK are covering our basic production costs for cast, crew, transport, catering and insurance, so the money we raise through crowdfunding will pay for everything else that you see on screen - costumes, props, equipment, stunts and even a few pyrotechnics!
"Luke Jeffery is a rare and inspiring example of emerging filmmaking talent in the UK. We are immensely proud to have commissioned his award winning short, Seeing Red and are excited and confident to support his latest production." - Claire Horrocks, Exeter Phoenix
“It’s brilliant to know that we are working with the future of England’s talent. Those crowdfunding today could well be the directors, producers and writers of tomorrow’s blockbusters.” - Phil Geraghty, MD of Crowdfunder.co.uk
"Dartington Morris Men are delighted to be associated with this production, both by participating in a traditional fashion, and offering support with costume advice." - Ken Hudson, Dartington Morris Men
Luke Jeffery - Writer/Director
Luke studied film at Falmouth University and since graduating has been involved in a number of film and theatre projects across the South West. In 2014 he wrote and directed Seeing Red, a short film set in the 1960s, which won the audience choice award at the Two Short Nights film festival. Luke claims that the idea for Hell’s Bells came to him in a dream and denies the wild accusations that he is being manipulated or coerced by Morris dancers.
Charlie Coldfield – Actor/Producer
Charlie comes from a long line of Morris dancers and brought great shame on his family when he decided to pursue a career as an actor. He has previously collaborated with Luke on several projects; co-writing and producing Granny Eyeball for the stage and performing in the lead role of their short film Seeing Red. Charlie aspires to be like George Clooney by simultaneously producing and acting in the film.
Jocelyn Chandler-Hawkins - Producer
Jocelyn has previously worked as a runner for the short film Beyond the Rave, a runner and researcher for Grand Designs, and a marketing assistant for the Scandiland Film Festival. As well as producing Hell's Bells she is currently developing the film event Through A Different Lens. Jocelyn believes that Morris dancers are nice, law abiding citizens and is shocked by recent allegations of brainwashing and mind control.
Ross Gill - Director of Photography
Ross is an award-winning cinematographer and has previously worked on a variety of shorts, features and corporate videos. Having collaborated with Luke on his previous short film Seeing Red, he will continue to bring his unique visual style to Hell’s Bells. Ross entered into this project of his own free will and claims that he has always had a keen interest in Morris dancing.
David Salas - 1st Assistant Director
David runs his own micro-production company LONE WOLF CLUB Films, producing video content for artists, arts organisations, charities and business. He is also an indie filmmaker and has been involved in a number of award winning shorts as a director and cinematographer. David’s bushy beard and love of real ale mean that he is regularly mistaken for a Morris dancer.
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