Directed by Richard Rowntree and starring Sam Saunders & Toby Wynn-Davies (Escape from Cannibal Farm), shooting will last 18 days, with an anticipated release date set for late Spring 2017.
“Dogged” is a dark psychological thriller in the folk-horror sub-genre and was financed entirely through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
Here’s the synopsis: “When Sam returns home to the small tidal island where he grew up, he soon discovers that the rural community there harbour more than just a few secrets. As he tries to uncover the truth behind a young girl’s mysterious death, he’s lured into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with a sinister group of masked maniacs who will stop at nothing to protect their identities, and hide the horrifying truth about the island.”
The short film on which “Dogged” is based is still doing the festival circuit, and will be screening at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego on September 11th among others. At just four minutes long, it took almost a year to adapt into a feature length film, and has many of the same cast & crew on board. It promises to expand on the themes and style of the short, which finished joint fifth on the BBC 3 talent show “The Fear” in late 2015, which was designed to unearth the most promising new horror directors as judged by Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project).
Filming locations include Osea Island in Essex (setting of “The Woman In Black”) and other Hammer favourites within a short distance of the world famous Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.