Living a life of farmwork can be challenging for anyone, but especially so for protagonist Eric Black in Russel Owen’s upcoming British Horror film Shepherd; a film about grief, isolation, and an ominous presence cursing a weather-beaten island.
The film follows the recently widowed Eric and his failed attempt to escape his past by becoming a shepherd, living alone in an old rural cabin; soon realising however that a vengeful supernatural force has other ideas in mind. The first trailer for the frightening film was released earlier today!
The film has just been announced as part of the selection for this year’s BFI London Film Festival, which will be taking place this year between the 6th and 17th of October. Shepherd will star Tom Hughes as Eric Black, as well as Kate Dickie, Gret Scacchi and Gaia Weiss in supporting roles.
I’ve followed the BFI London Film Festival for decades, so to actually be a part of it is surreal and a massive honour. I can’t think og a better platform to bring Shepherd to an audience and I’m over the moon”Russel Owen (Writer-Director for Shepherd)
For those who can’t attend the BFI London Film Festival, the film will also be coming to UK cinemas from the 5th of November. We certainly can’t wait for this film to put a nightmarish dampener on any of our prospects of seeking a quiet rural retreat.
The film was shot in both Scotland and Wales and began filming in February 2019, with principal photography shot on the Isle of Mull. With endless crawling fog, bodies under the ice, and fields of ruminant carcasses, this film looks to be horrifyingly atmospheric and unsettling, with no indication as to what’s real and what’s just in the character’s mind.
Are you prepared to watch this macabre movie? What other horror films are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments below!