EXCLUSIVE: New UK production company Kindred finalizes post-production by writer-director Russell Owen (Inmate zero) high horror Shepherd, with Tom Hughes (Victoria), Kate Dickie (The witch), Gaia Weiss (Vikings) and Emmy winner Greta Scacchi (Rasputin).
The film follows widower Eric Black (Hughes) who attempts to kill himself after the suspicious death of his adulterous wife. Black is distracted by a bizarre advertisement for a shepherd, working alone on a remote and desolate island off the west coast of Scotland. Eric takes the chance to run away from his troubles but quickly realizes that the island is a psychological trap. We can reveal first-sight images of production today.
The project marks the first feature film from British company Kindred, formed by Owen and co-founder Sam Orams. The duo shot the film in Scotland and Wales and aim to tie up a seller before Cannes 2021.
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The project, which began filming in April 2019, was originally produced with UK production company Castle Valley Films, whose directors are still credited on imdb as producers of the project. However, following a salary dispute between these producers and the crew, Owen and Orams agreed to steer the film towards distribution.
Russell Owen said: “Like most storytellers, I’ve always been drawn to compelling and fractured characters. Shepherd is my second feature. I have worked my way through the film industry, from screenwriter and designer to screenwriter and director of over a hundred commercials and short films. In many ways, I consider this my first feature. This is the first real opportunity to express my own creative voice in long form. It’s a terrifying, if not beautiful, character-inspired play about a man’s futile escape from his own guilt.
Kindred Associate Producer and Co-Founder Sam Orams added, “We are really excited to be involved with Shepherd from a production point of view. The cast and crew are exceptional and the quality of the work provided is extremely exciting. It’s a really healthy starting point for us in an ever-changing new cinematic environment, with a plethora of new platforms and opportunities to explore. As we stepped into the world of cinema, we needed to make sure to make a bold statement and collaborate with Golden Crab Film Production to complete Shepherd is exactly that. The film encompasses the escape stories Kindred longs for. Our focus is on the audience, what they’re looking for and when. Anticipate what’s on the horizon. Shepherd arrives at the perfect moment when there is a thirst for escape with high horror.