SHEPHERD Directed by Russell Owen Starring: Tom Hughes, Gaia Weiss, Greta Scacci Eric Black (Tom Hughes) is lost after the mysterious death of his adulterous wife. Running from his past to a new job as a Shepherd, he becomes trapped alone on a majestic weatherbeaten island with an ominous secret. One man’s spiralling madness meets a vengeful supernatural force. What starts out as the perfect wind-swept escape, becomes a race to save his sanity and his life. The project marks the first feature for UK outfit Kindred, formed by Russell Owen and co-founder Sam Orams. The duo completed second unit on the film in Wales on behalf of GC Films – who did the initial Scotland shoot on the film – and they are aiming to attach a seller ahead of Cannes 2021. The original producer and financier is Karim Prince Tshibangu. The film first began shooting in April 2019. However, following a pay dispute between crew and the original producers, Owen and Orams agreed to steer the film towards distribution. Russell Owen said “Like most storytellers I’ve always been drawn in by compelling, fractured characters. “Shepherd” is my second feature. I’ve navigated my way through the film industry from being a storyboard and concept artist, to writer and director of over a hundred commercials and shorts. In many aspects I see this as my first feature. It’s the first true opportunity to express my own creative voice in long form. It’s a terrifying if not beautiful character driven piece about one man’s futile escape from his own guilt.” Associate producer and Kindred co-founder Sam Orams added: “We’re really excited about being involved with “Shepherd” from a production standpoint. The cast and crew are outstanding and their work that they delivered all round is extremely exciting. It’s really healthy starting point for a new and ever-growing film environment, with a whole host of new platforms and opportunities to explore. Launching into the film world we needed to ensure we made a bold collaboration with GC Films on Russell Owen’s elevated horror “Shepherd”, starring Tom Hughes, Kate Dickie, Gaia Weiss and Emmy-winner Greta Scacchi. The storyline follows widower Eric Black (Tom Hughes) who attempts suicide after the suspicious death of his adulterous wife. Black becomes distracted by a bizarre advertisement for a shepherd, working alone on a remote, desolate island off the west coast of Scotland. Eric grabs the chance to run away from his troubles but soon realizes that the island is a psychological trap.