Folk Horror ‘Dogged’ Evolving to Feature Film
By: J. Carlos Menjivar
Earlier in the year, We Are Indie Horror featured the short film Dogged and its Kickstarter campaign in hopes for the filmmakers to expand their short into a feature length film. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter, Dogged has begun principal photography very late in August. In what is expected to be an 18 day shoot, the film by director Richard Rowntree will star Sam Saunders and Toby Wynn-Davies and will mark the first feature length film from Ash Mountain Films.
The film’s official synopsis reads as follows:
“When Sam returns home to the small tidal island where he grew up, he soon discovers that the rural community there harbour more than just a few secrets. As he tries to uncover the truth behind a young girl’s mysterious death, he’s lured into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with a sinister group of masked maniacs who will stop at nothing to protect their identities, and hide the horrifying truth about the island.”
Dogged is described as a psychological thriller and part of the subgenre of folk horror. Adapted from the short film of the same name, this 4 minute short, is still making waves in its ongoing festival run. The short recently screened on September 11 at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego. The feature film features much of the same cast and crew from the award winning short and seeks to expand on its themes and style.
Late in 2015 Dogged (short film) tied for 5th place on a competition conducted by the BBC 3 to find the next big thing in horror, in a talent show titled The Fear, and judged by The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez.
Dogged is the first feature length film produced by Ash Mountain Films (founded in 2013), which also produced the short film, and another five shorts, including Absent Friends and Fixation(s). The company is based in Slough, Berkshire and is led by Richard Rowntree, Christopher Foulser, and Lee Wignall.
Dogged is planned to release Spring 2017.
You can read our We Are Indie Horror article on the short film Dogged, here.
For all the latest on Dogged, Ash Mountain Films, and Richard Rowntree follow them on Twitter:
Keep the Fear Alive!