Magazine article Screen International

UK Director Henry Darke Plans Cornwall-Set Feature Crooked Hill

Magazine article Screen International

UK Director Henry Darke Plans Cornwall-Set Feature Crooked Hill

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Award-winning short Big Mouth inspires new feature, which is part of Hothouse scheme.

UK writer/director Henry Darke was at the Les Arcs European Film Festival pitching his debut feature, Crooked Hill.

The Cornwall-set feature is inspired by his latest short, Big Mouth, which is a coming-of-age story about a deaf boy.

"It's about a guy trying to keep his dysfunctional family together, even though his father is a heroin addict," Darke notes. "It's social realist but also quite cinematic."

He plans to shoot the feature a budget of less than £500,000 in Cornish towns Camborne, Newquay and Padstow. (The director was born in Cornwall but now lives in London). That short played at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival and won a special mention at Encounters.

Crooked Hill is part of the LFS Hothouse development atelier and is now at the third draft stage, and nearly ready to send out to potential financiers. …

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