A contemporary Cornish drama. We are looking to raise additional funds for a short film set in a Cornish coastal town.
Set in a world of reclamation yards, house clearances and rural deprivation, Mackling is a social drama following the strange and off-kilter relationship between two men, Bud and Sully, as they prepare for a local funeral.
Mackling captures a moment in time, observing two social outcasts and a world set apart from normal life. Bud and Sully exist in a very real part of Cornwall. A gritty, hard and lonely environment, existing on the fringes of society and attracting characters who have nowhere else to go. The film’s subtle and observational approach explores unconventional communities, changing landscapes, and the magical and bizarre world hidden conspicuously beneath Cornwall’s surface.
Jonny Dry - Director
Jonny is immensely passionate about regional voice in film and stimulating social change through cinema. He is currently in pre-production for his up-coming short film ‘Open Country’ which has been funded through the Exeter Phoenix’s South West Short Film Commission 2022. His debut feature ‘The Art of Mackling’, written by Callum Mitchell, is in early stage development with Denzil Monk’s production company Bosena. His previous projects include ‘Tom’s Dream’, which recently toured Cornwall through Hall for Cornwall’s ‘Behind the Postcard’ programme; experimental documentary ‘Small Groups Through Time’; and ‘An Tarow’, commissioned through the Screen Cornwall 2019 FylmK Fund and widely recognised at the BAFTA Cymru qualifying Carmarthen Bay, as well as Cornwall, Little Wing and Two Short Nights, including a win for Best Director. Alongside all this work he is working to advocate for improved access to the industry, developing work experience programmes and facilitating education courses that are creating pathways into the Cornish film industry.
As an assistant director in Cornwall his recent credits include BAFTA winning director Mark Jenkin’s up-coming ‘Enys Men’; Jamie Adams’ improvised feature ‘She Is Love’; various funded shorts with BFI NETWORK, Directors UK, and the Challenge Alexa Film Fund; and the Minack and Ha-Hum-Ah’s theatre production of Carl Grose’s dark comedy ‘Superstition Mountain’.
Ella Turner - Producer
Ella has worked as a freelance producer and production manager since graduating from an MA in Film & TV in 2017, and now works for Penzance based ecosophical film production company Bosena as a Marketing Producer. At Bosena, Ella is being taught all about producing by founder and producer, Denzil Monk. Ella has experience with short and feature films, in both drama and documentary.
Ella produced An Tarow, which is a multi award-winning and nominated short, as well as being selected for 2020’s BBC Arts New Creatives scheme, where she was commissioned to make Guns In My House, a documentary audio piece. She recently produced Mab Hudel, a short film directed by Edward Rowe and commissioned by Cornwall Council, Screen Cornwall and the Sound Image Cinema Lab. Last year Ella coordinated the filming of Behind the Postcard, a short film commissioned by the government for the G7 summit. This involved organising over 60 shoots in just 8 days. She recently received funding from Falmouth University Grad Shorts Fund for her experimental documentary A Portrait of Cornwall in the Morning. Ella has worked on feature films as production manager and production coordinator, including coordinating Enys Men, Mark Jenkin's next feature film financed by Film4. She is currently working as Associate Producer on a BBC and BFI funder feature film, shooting in Cornwall.
Callum Mitchell - Writer
Callum is a writer from West Cornwall. Over the past decade he has created work for the likes of the National Trust, openDemocracy, Hall For Cornwall, o-Region, and more. This includes writing extensively for the stage, directing films and creating landscape art installations. He is a recipient of the Nick Darke Talent Award, an Associate Artist at Hall For Cornwall and a member of the BBC Writersroom Cornish Voices programme. His first work for radio, Solomon Browne, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (2021) to widespread acclaim and selected as Drama of the Week.
Callum frequently collaborates with filmmaker Mark Jenkin and was Assistant Director on Bronco’s House (2016), Bait (2019) and the forthcoming Enys Men (2022). He is represented by Louise Bedford at Lou Coulson Associates.
What we'd use the money for:
Art department props