In the Dark Half at the Watershed

31 08 2012

A feature film set in Bristol comes to the Watershed today. In the Dark Half, the first film made under the low budget iFeatures filmmaking scheme to receive a theatrical release, is a psychological ghost story set in Hartcliffe and Dundry which stars young actress Jessica Barden, best known from Tamara Drewe.

Barden plays Marie, who is consumed with guilt when a boy she is babysitting dies and becomes aware of another presence that won’t leave her alone.

Total Film said that the film was a “striking debut” from director Alistair Siddons, revealing that “the final twist is so good comparisons with The Sixth Sense aren’t out of the question”.

The Guardian also praised Siddons, calling his directing “polished and impressive”, while Best For Film said that In the Dark Half “beats the odds predicted by its micro-budget to produce a sensitive and finely detailed exploration of a particularly toxic grief, the claustrophobia of small-town life and the sheer scope of the power of denial”.

Also filmed at The Bottle Yard production facility in Hengrove, the filmmaking team included former writer-in-residence at the Bristol Old Vic Lucy Catherine, and Bristol-based Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.

In addition to its stars, the on-screen talent includes eight-year old Alfie Hepper from Bedminster Down, who auditioned after his grandmother saw the call for young actors on Points West.

In the Dark Half is screening at the Watershed from today for at least a week. For more information, visit www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/3661/in-the-dark-half/.


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