PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMMENCES ON THE LEVELLING
DRAMA SET IN THE SOMERSET LEVELS STARRING ELLIE KENDRICK
Creative England today announced that principal photography has started on The Levelling, the second film to go into production through last year’s iFeatures initiative.
The Levelling is set in the aftermath of the 2014 Somerset floods and follows a young woman who returns home to her family dairy farm following the tragic death of her younger brother.
The film is directed and written by Hope Dickson Leach, whose award-winning short The Dawn Chorus was selected for Sundance, Edinburgh and London film festivals. Dickson Leach was named Star of Tomorrow by Screen International and one of ‘25 New Faces of Independent Film’ by New York’s Filmmaker magazine.
Amongst the talented list of cast members on board, Ellie Kendrick is set to play female lead, Clover. Kendrick is best known for her performance as Meera Reed in the HBO series Game of Thrones as well as a critically acclaimed performance as Anne Frank in the BBC’s 2009 miniseries The Diary of Anne Frank alongside Felicity Jones.
Award-winning producer Rachel Robey, of Wellington Films, is on board to produce. Robey was awarded Best Achievement in Production Award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards for London to Brighton, which earned director Paul Andrew Williams a BAFTA nomination in the Best British Debut category. Robey was also nominated at the London Critics Circle Film Awards for British Film Producers of the year in 2007.
The Levelling follows Clover Catto (Kendrick) who one day receives a call telling her that her younger brother Harry is dead. She must return to her family farm and face the man she hasn’t spoken to in years: her father Aubrey. She is shocked to discover her home has been changed forever by the devastating floods that destroyed the area six months earlier, and Aubrey a tormented shadow of his former self. As she learns what has been going on in her long absence she and her father forge a new understanding, but they must see if it can withstand the troubles that they face on the ravaged farm as well as the truth of what drove Harry to take his own life.
Filmed on location in Somerset, the four-week shoot will wrap on 30th October, with release slated for 2016.
The Levelling is the second film greenlit for production, following Lady Macbeth, which is currently in production. The third and final film, Apostasy, is due to shoot early next year. The entire slate aims to be carbon neutral and secure the BFI ‘three ticks’, which represents a commitment to supporting diversity across the film industry.
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