• 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 24min
  • 15
  • Directed by: William McGregor
  • Cast: Maxine Peake, Richard Harrington, Eleanor Worthington-Cox
  • Language: English, Welsh
  • UK release: 19 July 2019

In 19th century Wales, Gwen (Worthington-Cox) lives with her mother Elen (Peake) in a remote house where she starts hearing creepy noises. Deepy unsettling tale with horror elements and a strong feminist slant, an impressive debut for writer-director McGregor.

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Writer-director William Mc, Gregor’s debut feature brims with suspense and dread, featuring impressive performances and an enjoyable sense of the macabre. In the late 19th century, 17-year-old Gwen (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) lives on a small farm in an isolated Welsh community with her troubled mother, Elen (Maxine Peake), and younger sister, Mari (Jodie Innes). One night, Gwen sees a human shape lurking near the house. When sheep are killed and crops rot, men from the church and village turn against the family. Gwen is mesmerising, delving into pagan rituals and haunting evil. [15]

Gwen is nominated for the 2019 Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film.

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15 Jul 20194 stars

Debut director William McGregor and stalwart star Maxine Peake impress with an unnerving folk tale

Gwen begins with two sisters snatching a happy moment by the sea, but the ominous sounds of the crashing waves and howling wind are about to give way to the tangible terror of dead bodies: their neighbours are being wheeled away, victims of cholera.

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