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Dressing Granite

Ben Thomas and son Matthew, are two skilled stonemasons struggling to maintain the craftsmanship qualities and hard work that have established their family firm. When Ben appears to be sinking into dementia Matthew is forced to re-evaluate his life.

Bedrock Films is a team of young Cornish filmmakers who have already established themselves with a variety of eye-catching projects and this is their first feature-length film which is on schedule to complete shooting at the beginning of April.

Ben and Matthew - photo by Chris Tozer
A still from the film

The local production team have created a perfect stonemason’s yard at a farm near Falmouth for 'Dressing Granite' written by Pauline Sheppard and directed by Bill Scott.

Starring local actors Darren Hawkes and David Shaw, this film is about identity and the conflicts between duty and independence. Set in the present, it questions our ideas of the past and perceptions of progress.

There are few relationships as complex and conflicting as those of father and son and 'Dressing Granite' discovers that, whatever passes between Ben and Matthew Thomas, their relationship is built on bedrock of love.

"We hope the final film will go on to showcase the strengths of Cornwall's media industry to an international audience"
Pippa Best, director of Cornwall Film

In a world which might sometimes appear to be as hard and desolate as the granite moors of Cornwall, audiences will see hope and humour glittering through like the exotic minerals contained in the stone.

The Cornish-based team behind 'Dressing Granite' want this home-grown feature film to challenge other low budget feature films on national and international platforms.

The film has been made possible with finance from Cornwall Film (an EU funded organisation) as part of their Target Talent scheme. "Cornwall Film are delighted to be supporting the production of this uniquely Cornish story".

Crew on set - photo by Keri Jessiman
Crew on set - photo by Keri Jessiman

"The project offers opportunities for local cast and crew to work together on a professional feature, and we hope the final film will go on to showcase the strengths of Cornwall's media industry to an international audience,” says Pippa Best, director of Cornwall Film.

Dressing Granite is currently being filmed at locations all around Cornwall over six weeks. As well as offering a great opportunity to the experienced crew members and creative team, the production will provide several students and trainees with essential hands-on experience. The film is due for completion at the end of May and will be screened in Cornwall in the autumn before it takes off to film festivals around the world.

Be part of Dressing Granite

Bedrock Films are producing a limited edition DVD which will include: the full-length feature film Dressing Granite, the ‘making of’ documentary, a gallery of production photos, original artwork and other extras.

By purchasing the DVD your name will be included in the film credits, and you will also receive an invitation to a Gala screening. Support for the film will help with the production and distribution of the film, as well as help the future of the Cornish film industry.

To become part of the story of Dressing Granite, by subscribing to the DVD or offering further support, please contact:

Laura HardmanBedrock Films, The Old Grammar School, West Park, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3AJ

Tel: 01209 204655


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