In a crumbling Dartmoor farmhouse, several generations gather to celebrate the last birthday of their free-spirited matriarch Marianne, a woman forged in the drug-fuelled heyday of 60s Britain, who is now on her deathbed.
THEATRICAL FEATURE FILM
Directed by D R Hood
Praise for Hood’s previous film
“A strikingly confident voice here which marks [Hood] out as a talent to watch.”
- Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
“A beautiful eye to it... haunting... beautifully directed.”
- Mark Kermode, BBC
“Smart, engrossing and well acted.”
- Kate Muir, The Times
“A rich unsettling character piece...Cumberbatch walks a knife edge between vulnerability and something darker.’"
- Emma Dibdin, Total Film
US AMONG THE STONES is the second film from female British director D R Hood whose debut Wreckers starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy. Hood has collaborated again with her key creative team: cinematographer Annemarie Lean-Vercoe (Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2012) and editor Claire Pringle.
She has brought to the story a vibrant ensemble cast including Laurence Fox (Becoming Jane), Anna Calder Marshall (Anna Karenina), Sinead Matthews (Jellyfish), Raia Haidar (The Other Side of November), Greg Hicks (Snow White and the Huntsman), Bill Thomas (Loving Vincent) and Mika Simmons (Frenchman’s Creek).
At heart US AMONG THE STONES is about a man who comes home stuck and leaves liberated, and it explores what ties home and family can have for us, even long after we have apparently ‘grown up’.
WHAT WE NEED
Principal photography took place in Widecombe on the Moor, Devon, with a fantastic crew and the use of multiple media – we shot on Arri Alexa, Lumix, 35mm stills camera, pinhole camera and iPhone. We have been through an intensive editing process and have now locked the picture.
The film now needs sound design, music, colour grade and deliverables.
To do this work, we have an offer on the table from BAFTA-winning sound designer Ben Baird who also worked on Wreckers and his company Aquarium Studios who would complete the sound post production. They have worked on acclaimed films like Lady Macbeth and Disobedience.
Aquarium’s partner company Dirty Looks will do the colour and deliverables. The company has also worked on Jonathan Glazer’s BAFTA nominated Under the Skin and Matt Palmer’s Michael Powell award-winning debut Calibre.
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The funds we are raising here are in order to complete post-production and deliver the film to the highest possible calibre.