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Gwen joins Ray & Liz in Toronto

William McGregor’s gothic drama will have its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.

Gwen is centered on a close-knit family, led by BAFTA nominated actress Maxine Peake (Funny Cow, Peterloo, The Falling). The young actresses playing her children are Eleanor Worthington-Cox, the youngest recipient of the best actress Laurence Olivier award for her role of the theatre production of Matilda, and newcomer Jodie Innes. The supporting cast includes Richard Harrington (Hinterland, Poldark), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (The Commuter, Ghost Stories) and Mark Lewis Jones (Yr Ymadawiad, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Game Of Thrones).

Eleanor Worthington-Cox has also been selected as one of four TIFF 2018 International Rising Stars, alongside Stéphane Bak, Ahmed Malek, and Josh Wiggins.

In the stark beauty of 19th Century Snowdonia a young girl tries desperately to hold her home together. Struggling with her mother’s mysterious illness, her father’s absence and a ruthless mining company encroaching on their land. A growing darkness begins to take grip of her home, and the suspicious local community turns on Gwen and her family.

Check out the first footage from the film exclusively through Deadline here.

Gwen has been developed by the BFI and Endor Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, with Endor’s Hilary Bevan Jones and Tom Nash as lead producers. The BFI’s Lizzie Francke, Paul Grindey and Charles Moore of Viewfinder Films, Fergus Haycock of Great Point Media and Adam Partridge of Ffilm Cymru Wales act as Executive Producers, while Angharad Elen is Associate Producer. The production is co-financed by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, and Ffilm Cymru Wales.

Gwen will be joined in Toronto by another Ffilm Cymru Wales supported film - Ray & Liz. The debut film of Turner Prize-nominated artist Richard Billingham recently celebrated its World Premiere at Locarno Film Festival, and you can watch the first trailer here.

With Ray & Liz, Richard Billingham returns to the striking series of photographs that he captured of his family during Thatcher-era Britain to tell a universal story of everyday conflicts, loneliness, love and loss. The project has been developed over five years with producer Jacqui Davies.

Ray & Liz is financed by the BFI and Ffilm Cymru Wales with National Lottery funding, in association with Welsh production company Severn Screen. Worldwide sales are being handled by Luxbox, excluding the UK which is being sold by Jacqui Davies’ Primitive Films.