Enys Men begins Cornwall shoot
Writer/director Mark Jenkin has begun filming his latest feature, Enys Men, in Cornwall.
Described as an ‘ecosophical horror’, the film is produced by Denzil Monk for his Cornwall-based production company BOSENA and is the follow-up to Bait (2019), the award-winning drama focussing on the issues surrounding the gentrification of a small Cornish fishing village.
Set in 1973, Enys Men, pronounced ‘Enys Mane’ meaning ‘stone island’ in the Cornish language, deals with a woman, played by Mary Woodvine. Woodvine’s character is alone on a remote Cornish island from winter into spring as a volunteer for The Wildlife Trust, observing an extremely rare flower that only grows in this one place, on land contaminated by an old Cornish tin mine.
Flickers of events from the past weave through the Volunteer’s ritualised existence. On the brow of the hill, in the middle of the island, stands a Bronze Age standing stone, which may or may not be moving closer to her cottage. Ed Rowe co-stars with Flo Crowe and John Woodvine, Mary’s father.
Jenkin said, ”In Enys Men we explore the horror of human intervention in the natural world and how very little things can knock everything out of balance.”
Monk added: “We were meant to start shooting Enys Men almost a year ago and we are fortunate to be able to begin working again. The COVID delay has given us all time to breathe, and time for the Earth to do likewise, and as we move towards an uncertain but hopeful future there couldn’t be a better time for us to be shooting this ecosophical horror, within the evocative Cornish landscape in a thoughtful and safe way.”
The feature is co-financed by Film4 and supported by Falmouth University's Sound/Image Cinema Lab, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and Johnny Fewings Media Consultancy.
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