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In The Darkest Hour

A story of survival against the odds

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Jim Sturgeon

Jim Sturgeon

Jim Sturgeon plays MacGregor. Jim is the youngest in a family of four and grew up on a farm near Loch Lomond in Scotland with his parents and three sisters. He got his first taste of acting when he joined his local young farmers club and took part in their annual variety concerts. On leaving school at 16 Jim worked on the family dairy/livestock farm until finally realising that it wasn't for him, and at the age of 28 auditioned for a place in The Royal Scottish Academy Of Music And Drama where he won a place on the acting course. Jim was devastated when his father William lost his battle with cancer in 2002, and acting took a back seat as he returned to run the farm. Jim graduated in 2003 and moved to London to continue his career. As well as his film and television work Jim has also worked extensively on stage in theatres throughout his native Scotland and as well as in London's West End, he has also played in theatres in America and Australia while touring with Kneehigh Theatre's acclaimed production of 'Brief Encounter' where he played the role of Dr Alec Harvey alongside Hannah Yelland who played Laura. He most recently shared the west end stage with Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner in the critically acclaimed and award winning play 'The Father', written by French playwright Florian Zellar and translated by Christopher Hampton the play tells the story of an ageing man's struggle with alzheimer's disease.

Josh Tevendale

Josh Tevendale

Josh Tevendale plays Hamish. Josh Tevendale is a musical performer, magician, musician and actor from Loch Lomond, Scotland. Josh trained at Mountview Academy and The Dance School of Scotland. His versatility as a performer is ably demonstrated through his range of Dance, Vocal and Acting ability.


Stephen Don

Stephen DonWriter - Director

was born and raised in Bangor, Co. Down (Northern Ireland). His education was in the arts and he has an M.A. in Linguistics from Durham University. This deep interest in languages and language formation underlies the writing of In the Darkest Hour, for as much as the story is a thriller set in the early part of WWII, it is also about how languages work as codes and can lead to communication or confusion. In his early career, Stephen pursued the profession of teacher and garnered a wide and varied experience of life in countries as far apart as Finland and Japan. Returning to the UK in 1995, Stephen determined to follow the dream of becoming and actor and filmmaker. In 1996, Stephen took his first steps along the road of filmmaking and did a short course at Panico Studios in Soho, which was a tremendous hands-on experience of everything to do with getting a film made. At the same time he embarked on his acting career and was soon treading the boards in the West End in Conor McPherson's The Weir. Upon his return to his native Northern Ireland in 2000, Stephen has assiduously carved out a career as a character actor on TV and in Film (Stiv in Game of Thrones, Brendan McCionnaith opposite Julie Walters in the biopic of Mo Mowlam, the revengeful father in Michael J. Bassett's Wilderness). In recent years, Stephen has been putting his talents and energy into writing and producing. Since 2007, Stephen has produced 3 short films and 1 feature film. In 2007, he wrote a script for a short film Carpe Diem. This was NI Screen-funded and produced by Stephen. It was screened at a number of film festivals in America: Dances with Films in West Hollywood, The Dam Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada, The Long Island International Film Exposition, and The Trenton Film Festival, New Jersey. Along with Stephen’s next short film (Grand Mal, 2009), Carpe Diem also screened at the Short Film Corner in Cannes. Having had two short films funded by NI Screen, Stephen co-produced another short The Carnival Queen, which was screened at the Belfast Film Festival in 2010. Following this run of success with short films, Stephen determined to progress and develop a feature film. Taking as his theme the interaction of groups of immigrants in Northern Ireland, Stephen fashioned a tale of intrigue and double-dealing in the lower depths of society. Securing private funding for this project, Stephen produced and directed his own work in the summer of 2012. Faraway was subsequently screened at the Belfast Film Festival in March 2013. It also had screenings in 2014 at the Polish Cultural Week in Northern Ireland. At the present time, Stephen has 3 feature projects in various stages of development.

Renate Farkas

Renate FarkasProducer

Renate started working as a TV-crew member during her university studies in Hungary. She became skilled in various aspects of media, including project management, camera operation and video editing. After graduating from university she moved to Scotland with the intention of getting her foot in the creative industry, so, besides her day jobs she started working on film productions on a voluntary basis. Her first short, The 6th Child, which won the Van Gogh World Cinematography Award at the Amsterdam Film Festival 2012, was also selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner 2012. Building on this initial success, Renate has been involved with several powerful film projects resulting in the ongoing co-operation known as Burning Horseshoe Productions. Renate has produced eight short films, all of which have been screened at UK-and international film festivals (Germany, France, The Netherlands). I.F (Invisible Frequencies) won the Best Thriller Category in 2013 in Amsterdam, and The Priest with Two Guns was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in 2014. Close Encounters was made particularly for the 50 Kisses competition, the short produced by Burning Horseshoe Productions, then being screened at the World Premiere of 50 Kisses in London, in February 2014. Burning Horseshoe Productions co-produced a feature thriller called The Dying Eye with the American Meditz Productions. The film was in the Official Selection for the Southampton International Film Festival and was nominated in 2 categories: Director in a Feature & Best Horror/Thriller in 2014. After attending a session on Interactive Media at the 2013 Edinburgh Film Festival, Renate came up with the idea of creating a tourist app for Edinburgh, featuring the work of local artists and game developers. The University of West of Scotland proved to be a powerful partner in this challenge. They were awarded a grant from the Scottish Funding Council's Innovation Voucher Scheme and created a successful app called Explore Edinburgh Rock 2 Rock. In April 2015 Stephen Don contacted Renate with an exciting feature script idea, based on the true story of a remarkable escape of two Scottish soldiers in the 2nd World War. The project, which is steeped in Scottish language and culture, has already raised interest among industry professionals. They have been awarded development funding through Northern-Ireland Screen and are in the process of getting the lead actors on board and securing finances for the project.

Wendy Griffin

Wendy GriffinExecutive producer

Wendy has many years’ experience as a line producer of film and TV (Red Road, Festival, You Instead, Journeyman, Pramface, One of Us) and more recently as a producer with feature films Wasted, Citadel and Not Another Happy Ending and EIFF audience award winning music documentary Big Gold Dream. She set up Selkie Productions in 2014 and is now developing a slate of projects.