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Bankside Films picks up Lee Haven Jones' Gwledd (The Feast) ahead of virtual Cannes 2020

Bankside Films today announced that it has boarded sales on Gwledd (The Feast), the directorial debut of Lee Haven Jones.

Welsh contemporary horror Gwledd (The Feast) was written by Roger Williams who also produces through production outfit Joio.

Best known for his directorial work in television, BAFTA-Cymru award-winner Haven Jones has helmed episodes of Doctor Who, The Bay and Vera.

The film stars Annes Elwy (Little Women), Nia Roberts (Under Milk Wood) and Julian Lewis Jones (Justice League) alongside Steffan Cennydd (Last Summer) and Sion Alun Davies (The Left Behind).

The film was produced through Ffilm Cymru’s Cinematic initiative which is supported by S4C and the BFI (using funds from the National Lottery), Fields Park and Great Point Media in association with Melville Media.

Filmed in the Welsh language, Gwledd (The Feast) unfolds over the course of one evening as a wealthy family gathers for a sumptuous dinner in their ostentatious house in the Welsh mountains. The guests are a local businessman and a neighbouring farmer and the intent is to secure a business deal to mine in the surrounding countryside.

When a mysterious young woman arrives to be their waitress for the evening, the family’s beliefs and values are challenged as her quiet yet disturbing presence begins to unravel their lives. Slowly, deliberately and with the most terrifying consequences.

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Stephen Kelliher of Bankside Films said: “We are so excited to be bringing this astonishing film to international audiences. Lee Haven Jones and Roger Williams have created an exquisite cinematic world which wows you with its beauty whilst simultaneously issuing a stark and terrifying warning against greed and avarice. This film will take you by surprise and it will stay with you long after you leave the cinema.”

Producer Roger Williams said: “I’m delighted to be working with the team at Bankside on bringing Gwledd (The Feast) to the world. It’s a visually beautiful film that packs a punch and will undoubtedly satisfy an audience hungry for original and distinctive cinema.”

Bankside will be talking to buyers about the project and showing a promo during the Virtual Cannes week which starts on June 22nd.

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