Prouduction has commenced on Dark River, the third feature film from writer and director Clio Barnard for Channel 4’s Film4 starring Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley and Sean Bean.
“Dark River is a visceral, haunting and lyrical story and we’re delighted to have assembled our regular collaborators to help bring Clio’s beautifully crafted script to life and welcome DOP, Adriano Goldman to the team. Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley’s fearless commitment to the roles of siblings Alice and Joe leading up to the shoot is exciting to behold” – producer Tracy O’Riordan.
Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there she is confronted by a brother (Mark Stanley) she barely recognises, worn down by years of trying to keep the farm going, who is naturally hostile to her arrival and her claim over the tenancy. Their dispute unearths traumatic memories for Alice, memories which have remained dormant for years but which now threaten both of their futures.
Clio Barnard has established herself as one of the UK’s most distinctive cinematic voices following rave reviews and awards for her feature-length debut The Arbor, a documentary about the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar, as well as her sophomore feature The Selfish Giant. The latter film followed two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in Bradford seeking their fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal. The film was a huge critical success on its release, launching at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and winning the British Film of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards along with a host of other festival awards.
Ruth Wilson’s career has been on the rise since her role as Alice Morgan in the psychological crime drama Luther. Since then, she has appeared in Anna Karenina, Suite Francaise, Saving Mr Banks opposite Tom Hanks, and in Locke as the voice of Katrina. A two-time Olivier Award winner for her theatre work in A Streetcar Named Desire and Anna Christie, Ruth was BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated for her role in the mini-series Jane Eyre and was awarded a Golden Globe for her role in the TV series The Affair. Ruth’s upcoming films include Osgood Perkins’ I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House and John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties opposite Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning.
Mark Stanley’s film credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mr. Turner. His well-received performances in TV projects include his portrayal of Grenn in Game of Thrones and Bill Sikes in Dickensian.
Sean Bean’s twenty year career spans films, television, theatre and radio. His most prominent film roles include Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Alec Trevelyan in the James Bond film GoldenEye and Odysseus in Troy, as well as roles in Patriot Games, Ronin, National Treasure, North Country, The Island, Silent Hill, Black Death, Jupiter Ascending and The Martian. His TV performances include the portrayal of Richard Sharpe in the series Sharpe, the role of Ned Stark in Game of Thrones, and his Emmy-winning performance in Accused.