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Welsh horror film Devil's Bridge to première at Abertoir

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 10:15 UK time, Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Home-grown horror film Devil's Bridge will have its world première at Abertoir 2011, the Welsh horror film festival held in Aberystwyth in November.

Devil's Bridge is the directorial début from director Chris Crow, who hails from Cardiff and has recently been enjoying praise for his second feature film Panic Button.

A self-financed joint venture between two fledgling Welsh production companies, Devil's Bridge was shot in 2009 on various locations in Cardiff and west Wales.

The majority was filmed on Allt Y Coed farm in Poppit Sands, Cardigan while other major filming locations include Woodhouse Wood near Carmarthen, Pencraig Farm and Cottages in Llangoedmor, the Coal Exchange in Cardiff and the Rose and Crown pub in Goodwick.

Devil's Bridge film poster © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

Devil's Bridge film poster © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

One of the producers of Devil's Bridge, David Lloyd, has been in touch to tell me a bit more about it. He describes the film as "a raw and visceral survival horror/psychological thriller in the mould of Wolf Creek, Straw Dogs and Deliverance, given a Welsh twist and perspective."

The story follows three friends on a road trip to the rural wilds of Wales, led by Sean (played by Joseph Millson, who recently appeared in Channel 4 comedy Campus) who is on the path of a shady business deal.

They have a chance encounter with a local farmer Bill Parry (played by Welsh actor Joshua Richards) who is described as a 'farmer dangerously hateful and paranoid of all around him'. I obviously haven't seen the film, but I don't much like the sound of Bill.

Take a look at a few stills from the film, some of which capture the beauty of the stunning Pembrokeshire scenery:

Sean (Joesph Millson), Danny (Gary Mavers) and Adam (Michael Jibson) take in the scenery at local landmark Devil's Bridge. Photo © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

Sean (Joseph Millson), Danny (Gary Mavers) and Adam (Michael Jibson) take in the scenery at local landmark Devil's Bridge. Photo © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

The actors view the spectacular Pembrokeshire scenery, with added rock formation, the Devil's Bridge of the film's title. Photo © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

The actors view the spectacular Pembrokeshire scenery, with added rock formation, the Devil's Bridge of the film's title. Photo © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

A police officer played by David Schofield interviews Sean (Joseph Millson) about events at Devil's Bridge. Photo © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

A police officer played by David Schofield interviews Sean (Millson) about events at Devil's Bridge. Photo © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

Bill Parry (Josh Richards) hunts his prey. Photo © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

Bill Parry (Joshua Richards) hunts his prey. Photo © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

As Sean (Joseph Millson) flees the vengeful Bill Parry (Josh Richards) he chances across three scarecrows, mistaking them in the dim light for help. Photo © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

As Sean (Millson) flees the vengeful Bill Parry (Richards) he chances across three scarecrows, mistaking them in the dim light for help. Photo © Dogs Of Annwn Ltd.

Devil's Bridge will enjoy its world première at Abertoir on Saturday 12 November at 5pm. Abertoir takes place at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from 8-13 November 2011.

The film has also recently been picked by major international distributor eOne Entertainment, which is a bit of a coup for a low budget, home-grown movie, and a DVD/Blu-ray release date in early 2012 now looks likely.

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  • Comment number 1.

    The film’s use of Welsh history is a little heavy-handed, but that may be due in part to over-familiarity on my part. That over-familiarity also means that at times I did find myself slightly rooting for the antagonist, the defiant ranting of characters like Adam, however futile, offensive enough to have me wanting to see him receive his comeuppance. Is that how inbred Nevadans feel when they watch The Hills Have Eyes? I don’t know, but it provides a wonderfully discomforting edge to the film. Regardless, this is a dark, thoughtful film [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator], which offers characters to care about and a murky depiction of right and wrong. Simple and exhilarating, Devil’s Bridge confirms Chris Crow as a name to watch.

 

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