The first feature from our School of Film & Television received its world premiere this week at the Cinequest Film & VR Festival in San Jose, California.
Shot on location in Cornwall under the direction of our current Filmmaker in Residence Justin Doherty and made in association with Baracoa Pictures, Wilderness, is the first feature film created by staff and students at Falmouth.
Written by Senior Lecturer Dr Neil Fox, the film tells the story of John and Alice, who drive from London to spend a romantic weekend by the coast. On their own for the first time, they encounter the first tests to their love, as the poster says 'John and Alice are in love - with the idea of John and Alice!'
The film was created as part of an ambitious Filmmaker in Residence scheme run by the Film School, giving students invaluable professional on-set experience. Justin worked closely with staff, students and industry professionals such as editor Steven Worsley (War & Peace, Jamestown) throughout the past year to develop and create the film.
Justin said: "It's been incredibly satisfying to work with so many students across the production. What was even more exciting, was seeing the change in them, as they settled into their roles, discovering new ways of working and realising the areas of film that they might want to actually pursue."
The first reviews have been excellent, Ryan Gilbey of the New Statesman writes: "The fault lines in an apparently blissful relationship are exposed with accuracy and sensitivity in Wilderness...it's a truthful film that is often very close to the bone. It is this honesty, as well as the care with which the material has been shaped cinematically, that gives Wilderness its specific power."
The European Premiere of Wilderness will take place at the Dingle International Film Festival in Eire at the end of March.