New film noir Midwinter to be filmed in North Devon

Midwinter director Daniel Kershaw and lead actor Giuseppe Rossi.
Midwinter director Daniel Kershaw and lead actor Giuseppe Rossi.

Exmoor and locations around North Devon will be the setting for an independent film being shot in the area this week.

Cinematographer Csaba Kondor at work on Daniel Kershaw's previous film The Parting Glass, shot at Clovelly. Cinematographer Csaba Kondor at work on Daniel Kershaw's previous film The Parting Glass, shot at Clovelly.

Midwinter is set among the bleak wilderness of the moors but also at various locations around Bideford Bay and even Grattons Butchers in Barnstaple.

It will boast an entirely local cast and is being directed by Daniel Kershaw, who shot his short film The Parting Glass in Clovelly in 2016.

It will be filmed from Friday until Tuesday and as with the previous film, Daniel is working with cinematographer Csaba Kondor.

Midwinter is a ‘proof of concept’ film – almost a prequel – to a full length feature film Daniel hopes to shoot in North Devon in 2019.

Isabella Rossi plays the part of Sam Ellis in the short film Midwinter. Isabella Rossi plays the part of Sam Ellis in the short film Midwinter.

It is a modern noir following the harrowing story of a young girl’s disappearance when hunting with her uncle on Exmoor, and his uncompromising revenge on those he believes to be the perpetrators.

As with the 2016 film, the lead roles of Daniel Burrows and Sam Ellis will again be played by father and daughter Giuseppe and Isabella Rossi from North Devon.

It is being shot on 16mm film and is being made in partnership with Arri UK and Kodak International.

Daniel, who was brought up in Devon but now lives in London, said: “It’s a very ambitious project, which has taken a great deal of work, by a great deal of people, to get to this very exciting position.

The crew of Midwinter scouting for locations. The crew of Midwinter scouting for locations.

“Starting short, independent films is extremely difficult, with finding funding sometimes seeming like a gargantuan task.

“I am fascinated by the Devon area and it’s often forgotten in cinema. I think the area has a lot of stories that need to be told and are untapped.

“I is going to be a really stylised film presenting this very complicated story about this girl that goes missing and her uncle’s revenge – but it’s also quite digestible.”

The film is appealing for public support to crowdfund it and help make a film in North Devon possible. Anyone who wants to support it can go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/midwinter--2#/ or find out more on the Midwinter Film Facebook page.

Midwinter director Daniel Kershaw and lead actor Giuseppe Rossi. Midwinter director Daniel Kershaw and lead actor Giuseppe Rossi.

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