Filming is due to start this autumn on a new narrative short in Penzance.
Local filmmakers Callum Mitchell, Jonny Dry and Ella Turner are due to shoot their latest film – Mackling – this autumn in Penzance.
Mitchell’s recent audio documentary drama, West Cornwall-born Solomon Browne, aired on BBC Radio 4 last year to widespread acclaim and was selected as Drama of the Week.
Working from a screenplay by Mitchell, Jonny Dry is set to produce with Ella Turner for Studio Erma.
The trio worked together on the set of BAFTA-winning Mark Jenkin’s latest feature, Enys Men, and will be supported by Bosena CEO and producer Denzil Monk for Mackling – filming in West Penwith in November with a range of local actors and teams.
With initial production funding already secured, the team is seeking additional crowdfunding from the Cornish community to support the production and help with the making of the film.
Set in a world of scavenging yards, house clearances and rural deprivation, Mackling is a social drama following the strange and offbeat relationship between two men, Bud and Sully, as they prepare for a local funeral.
Associate Artist at Hall for Cornwall, Mitchell is a former recipient of the Nick Darke Talent Award and has been shortlisted for the BBC Writersroom Cornish Voices program throughout 2021.
Jonny Dry and Ella Turner return to collaborate again after their previous Cornish language short film An Tarow, commissioned through the Screen Cornwall 2019 FylmK Fund and widely recognized at Carmarthen Bay’s BAFTA Cymru qualifying film festival, as well as Cornwall, Little Wing and Two Short Nights Film Festivals, including a Best Director win for Jonny and a Best Editor nomination for Ella.
Jonny Dry said: “Callum’s writings about Mackling capture something of the complex picture of magic, deprivation, community and isolation that can be found down here.
“Working from such a text, and with Ella by her side, is very special.”
Ella Turner said: “There’s nothing like being able to work with your friends on a film; bringing all those creative minds together and leveraging different viewpoints and perspectives is one of the best feelings.
“Jonny and I can’t wait to do this again from An Tarow, and we’re thrilled to be in this position, and to be able to give other new filmmakers a chance too.”
Denzil Monk said: “It’s a joy to see such a flourish of Cornish creativity – Bosena is proud to support our emerging talent and I look forward to working with this brilliant team to help them realize their vision.”
The team fundraise at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/mackling-a-short-film