Lambing Season is a fast moving, claustrophobic thriller set in the secluded North Yorkshire Moors.
The film follows Joe, a young farmhand learning to take the reigns from his father on their remote lambing farm. During the film, Joe is tasked with helping his father birth the spring lambs, whilst caring for his wheelchair bound mother. But as new developments in an historic missing persons case come to light, suddenly not everything is as it seems, and Joe begins to question the family around him.
Taut and unnerving; Lambing Season is about a son who comes to understand that everything he has ever known is a lie and all he has gained from the truth is fear.
Lambing Season is an intelligent thriller that strips back the genre: one family, one location, one murderous secret. We can't wait for you to see it.
When we first started started developing this project we knew we were on to something really special and so we want to be amibitous in it's realization. The film has the potential to be truly cinematic, but as we all know, cinema is expensive.
So far we have been lucky enough to be supported by Creative England and their £5,000 reward is going to cover the basics of the filmmaking process. However, in order to make the film the best it can be we are going to need a little bit extra. Here's why:
REAL LAMBS: Lambing Season takes place on a real lambing farm, and we have been granted exlusive permission to film a real birth on camera. This is a really extraordinary moment in the film but to capture it involves an extra day of filming outside of our main schedule - and this comes at a price.
REMOTE LOCATION: In order to truly represent the secluded nature of the North Yorkshire moors, we'll be filming in a fantastic remote hill farm. To make this location viable, funds will be have to be spent to ensure the safe travel of our cast and crew, as well as finding some cozy cottages for everyone to stay in during the shoot.
NIGHT SHOOTS: Lots of our film takes place at dark; it's both eerie and atmospheric - but that means big lights, generators and talented crew to operate them.
Aside from raising extra funds, we hope that this Crowdfunder Campaign really helps us connect with you - our audience. It's you who we want to get excited about the film and it's you who we want to see it first.
JACK BENJAMIN GILL - DIRECTOR
Jack is a young, idea driven director, born in North Yorkshire, UK.
With a passion for narrative cinema, Jack has written and directed a series of award nominated short films, gaining screenings at several national and international film festivals.
In 2013, he was nominated for the ‘Decent Exposure Newcomer Award’ at the Cornwall Film Festival with his graduate film ‘Burnside’. His independent short 'Conscription', filmed entirely in one take, was nominated for 'Best One Shot Movie' at the One Shot Movie Competition, 2012. And his short ‘Gorilla’ has been screened at numerous film festivals, culminating a special screening alongside Andrea Arnold’s British classic, Fishtank.
"The film is set in the moors of North Yorkshire, where I grew up. The landscape has had a massive influence on me, but I don’t believe its malevolence has truly been captured within cinema. The moors, when explored at first light, are silent, mist laden and expansive to the point of claustrophobia: the perfect location for a thriller."
LORAN DUNN - PRODUCER
Loran is a creative Producer with a background in production on BBC Dramas and independent features, and a track record of short film screenings and awards at festivals such as Edinburgh International Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, and Encounters Film Festival.
An Art School Graduate, she has a creative ambition to bring distinctive films with directorial voice and vision to the big screen. Working closely and creatively with her writers and directors to develop story and craft a slate of engaging and poignant art house films.
Loran's company Delaval Film was recently listed as one of the Top 50 Most Creative Companies in the country.
DAVEY GILDER - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Award winning Cinematographer Davey Gilder is well established in the field of shorts, promos and commercials. With credits such as Churvhes “The Mother We Share” (A2IM LIBBY Award Nominated) and Charlie XCX Boom Clap (MTV Award Nominated).
JOE NATTRASS - SOUND
Having worked extensively for major UK broadcasters, and on major cinema releases such as The Sweeny, Joe is knowledgeable and well equipped to bring high quality sound to his creative work on shorts. One of his recent shorts 'Closets' recently claimed 'Best of British Short' at the Iris Prize film festival.
LAUREN REYHANI - COSTUME DESIGNER
With a background in Fine Art Lauren worked as a stylist for independent labels, magazines and boutiques before moving into Costume. She has since been involved in several prime time dramas and feature films including “Northern Soul”. Lauren thrives on fully realising a Directors vision whilst creating memorable, believable costumes.
SAMUEL JONES - COMPOSER
Samuel Jones is a freelance composer and music producer. Most recent scoring work includes scores for the award winning and nominated short films The Pig Child and The Balance Of What Remains as well a commission for the Carhartt WIP film Out of Steppe. Sam also performs in and provides audio production for the Manchester band PINES.
CLAIRE BLEASDALE - CASTING DIRECTOR
In the past four years Claire has built her career in casting by working across all genres. Working in the casting department on BBC and Channel 4 TV drama and with Origin Pictures - X&Y (a brilliant young mind).
More recently Claire has cast a number of short films including - Break (winner of Manchester Film Festival best short) starring John Hurt.