EXCLUSIVE: Parkland Pictures has acquired the worldwide sales rights for Shepherd, Russell Owens supernatural horror. The sister company Parkland Entertainment has also taken over the British distribution via its new imprint, the genre-oriented Darkland Distribution.
The film stars Tom Hughes (Victoria), Greta Scacchi (The Player), Kate Dickie (The Witch) and Greta Weiss (Vikings) in the story of a widower who commits suicide after the suspicious death of his adulterous wife. He is distracted by a bizarre advertisement for a shepherd working alone on a remote island off the west coast of Scotland. He takes the chance to run away from his problems and think. But the island has other ideas.
Russell Owen said, “While not my first feature film, I consider Shepherd to be my debut, using my own style and voice in long form for the first time. A simple narrative structure made up of a man, an island, a secret that gave me, the actors and the crew the leeway to create a deeper, darker and more layered story. Filmed in one of the most beautiful, remote and least filmed parts of the UK, with specially designed locations and studio sets, we’ve created a 360 degree, immersive environment to create true authenticity in a heightened, nightmarish story. Shepherd lets his audience decide for themselves the motivations (and fate) of his protagonist by not revealing his true fundamentals. “
UK horror ‘Shepherd’ production with ‘Victoria’ star Tom Hughes & ‘The Witch’ actress Kate Dickie completed, First Look Images
Andrew Brown, Head of Sales at Parkland Pictures, added, “Taken in the isolated splendor of the Isle of Mull, Scotland, Shepherd instantly plunges the viewer into a shattered world of visceral imagery, provocative soundscapes and utter terror – beware of that Bump in the night. Russell Owen has proven himself to be a real talent in the genre and Parkland is excited to introduce Shepherd to a global audience. “
Tom Stewart, Director of Distribution at Parkland Entertainment, added: “We are very excited to introduce our new genre label Darkland Distribution with Shepherd. The film offers brilliant performances by the actors and clearly shows the extraordinary talent of screenwriter and director Russell Owen. “