Double winner plans home-town screening
An award-winning Cornish filmmaker is organising a special "thank you" screening for local fans of the feature-length movie that earned him the title of best director.
Brett Harvey, who conceived, wrote and directed the black comedy thriller Weekend Retreat, says he is looking forward to showing it in his home town of Truro. The creator of more than 30 short films, his latest 80-minute feature will be shown at the city's Plaza Cinema on June 18.
Earlier this year, Brett was named Best Director at the London Independent Film Festival. Shot over 12 days for a budget of just £32,000, it also won the Delabole Slate Golden Chough Award at the 2011 Cornwall Film Festival.
With a cast of six and a crew of 22, Weekend Retreat was filmed on location at St Wenn in North Cornwall. Esther Hall, who appeared in Spooks, Queer As Folk and Waking The Dead, as well as being well known as the single mum in the long-running BT advertisement, plays a fragile young woman who is trying desperately to save her marriage. Her husband is played by Dominic Coleman, who starred in The Catherine Tate Show and Psychoville. They are joined by Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy and The Football Factory), along with well-known Cornish actors Dean Nolan and brothers Simon and Dan Harvey.
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Produced by leading Cornish production company o-region, Weekend Retreat follows the fortunes of Karen and Duncan, who are stuck in a loveless marriage. Trying in vain to patch up their fractured relationship, they escape for the weekend to a picturesque house in the Cornish countryside.
Meanwhile, Kevin and Gary are estranged stepbrothers brought together by a family tragedy. Destitute, desperate and broke, they hatch a plan to change their fortunes by burgling a large isolated house in the Cornish countryside. There's just one snag: it's the same house.
As the weekend draws on, Karen and Duncan find themselves held hostage as Kevin and Gary get increasingly out of their depth. The stakes are raised as secrets are revealed and relationships are pushed to breaking point.
Produced by Cornish film-maker Denzil Monk and actor Simon Harvey, who has worked on a number of films as well as with Kneehigh Theatre, Weekend Retreat was made with grant funding from Feast and through a scheme with University College Falmouth which allowed film students to work as part of the crew.
Later this month Brett Harvey will be hoping to impress international buyers at the London UK Film Focus event, where Weekend Retreat is one of several films being showcased.
It will be shown at the Plaza Cinema in Truro on Monday June 18 at 8.15pm. Tickets are available on the door.