The British independent film scene continues to excel as new crime-thriller Winter Ridge recently finished shooting and has already sold to 2 distribution markets at the Cannes Films Festival in May 2017. The film brings considerable star power in the form of Hannah Waddingham (Game of Thrones, Les Misérables), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Olwen Catherine Kelly (The Autopsy of Jane Doe). The film stars up-and-coming actor Matt Hookings with Justin McDonald and Michael McKell as a team of detectives on the hunt for a serial killer who appears to be targeting the elderly. Other talent in the film includes Ian Pirie (Les Misérables, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Noeleen Comiskey (Casualty) with crew such as Oscar-winning sound designer Glenn Freemantle (Gravity, Slumdog Millionaire), editor Barry Moen (The American) and composer Paul Saunderson (Kick-Ass)
The shoot took place around Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon, overseen by award-winning director Dom Lenoir and producers Nancy Bressolles (Rise of the Krays) and Chris Hardman who has worked on films such as Avatar, Star Wars and Kingsman. Director Dom Lenoir says “It was the dramatic nature of the story and the detective genre that first attracted him to the project. The elements that deal with degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s struck close to home with his own family and experiences. “I’m hoping that this film will raise an interesting debate on the condition and provide a heart-warming understanding of loneliness.”
Following the success at Cannes, the team are looking forward to securing worldwide distribution at AFM (American Film Market) in November 2017 for an early 2018 release!