Magazine article Screen International

'God's Own Country' Cast Revealed as Shoot Begins

Magazine article Screen International

'God's Own Country' Cast Revealed as Shoot Begins

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Principal photography has started in Yorkshire on romantic drama God's Own Country, the debut feature of writer-director Francis Lee.

The cast includes acting veterans Gemma Jones (Sense and Sensibility, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) and Ian Hart (Urban Hymn, Boardwalk Empire) alongside rising talent Josh O'Connor, whose credits include festival favourite Bridgend, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella and Stephen Frears' The Program, alongside upcoming Romanian actor Alec Secareanu.

Director Lee, whose award-winning shorts have screened at the BFI London Film Festival, Slamdance and Sheffield Doc/Fest, has explored what might have happened if he had stayed in his local community in rural Yorkshire and begun to farm instead of leaving to study at drama school.

God's Own Country is the story of farmer's lad Johnny (O'Connor) who has shut down emotionally to ensure the survival of his family's struggling farm. …

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