“Doctor Who” Star Carpenter and Morfydd Clark will star in the supernatural thriller “Starve Acre.”
From the BAFTA-nominated “Apostasy” writer and director Daniel Kokotajlo, “Starve Acre” explores “genetic trauma and loss in a world ruled by supernatural folklore.”
The film is based on the novel of the same name by Andrew Michael Hurley.
BAFTA and Emmy Award nominee Smith (“House of the Dragon”) and BAFTA winner Cymru Morfydd Clark (“Lord of the Rings: The Mighty Rings”) will play a married couple. aloof worries about their son in “modern horror and cherished style.”
Set on their family estate, Starve Acre, in rural England in the 1970s, Richard (played by Smith) and Juliette (Clark) find their idyllic family life disrupted when Their son Ewan started acting strange. The formerly happy couple grew further apart as Richard buried himself in local folklore – including the myth that an ancient oak tree lying on their property possessed extraordinary powers – while Juliette seek comfort in their local community.
Just when it seems like the pair can reconnect, “dark and sinister forces” find their way into the family home and their attention is diverted by an unexpected discovery.
“Starve Acre” is currently in pre-production. It will begin shooting later this spring in the UK with sales starting at EFM.
After the successful collaboration with Kokotajlo on “Apostasy”, the writer/director debut, Communication will again handle worldwide sales.
Tessa Ross (“12 Years a Slave”), Juliette Howell (“Brexit: The Uncivil War”) and Emmy Duffy (“Rocks”) produce House Productions, developed with BBC Film and funded by Access Entertainment together with BBC Film and BFI (with sponsorship from the National Lottery).
“Daniel is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today and we are delighted to bring this adaptation of Andrew Michael Hurley’s extraordinary novel to the screen,” said Ross. “‘Starve Acre’ has been a genre defining modern classic – the uncanny vision of Daniel and this exceptional cast bring great depth and power to this evocative story.”
Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder of Cornerstone commented: “Daniel’s haunting cinematic vision for ‘Starve Acre’ is breathtaking and we are delighted to be able to continue working with him.”
Danny Cohen of Access Entertainment added: “Access Entertainment is delighted to be co-sponsoring ‘Starve Acre’ with the BBC and the BFI. It’s a brilliant screenplay by the wonderfully talented young screenwriter/director Daniel Kokotajlo and continues our dynamic feature film partnership with Tessa Ross and House Productions. ”
BBC Film’s Rose Garnett said: “We are delighted to be supporting Daniel in his daring second film ‘Starve Acre’, continuing the relationship with BBC Film that began with his stunning debut film Apostasy. that. Daniel is a notable vocalist in British filmmaking circles.”
Smith was recommended by B-Side, Maison 2, UTA and attorneys Darren Trattner, Clark by Curtis Brown, UTA, Mosaic and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Kokotajlo equals 42MP.
House Productions is owned by BBC Studios.
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