7th August 2017
Starring Hannah Murray (GAME OF THRONES, SKINS) and Josh O’Connor (GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, THE DURRELLS), BRIDGEND is a haunting mystery drama inspired by true events.
Sara and her father Dave (Steven Waddington, THE IMITATION GAME) move to a small town in Bridgend County, South Wales, which has witnessed a series of suicides amongst its young inhabitants. While Dave, as the town’s new police officer, investigates the deaths, Sara befriends a group of local teenagers. As her bond with the group deepens, Sara begins a dangerous love affair with Jamie, taking her towards the centre of the very investigation her father is leading.
About the film
Between December 2007 and January 2012 there were seventy-nine recorded suicides in the Bridgend area. Most were teenagers who died in similar circumstances leaving no suicide notes. To this day the mystery surrounding these tragic events remains.
Danish documentary filmmaker Jeppe Rønde undertook six years’ worth of research within the community to write the screenplay.
Shot entirely on location in South-Wales, with many of the local youths appearing in the film, BRIDGEND marks Rønde’s fiction film debut. The film received its world premiere In Competition at Rotterdam International Film Festival followed by Tribeca Film Festival, where it won Best Actress (Hannah Murray), Best Cinematography and Best Editing. BRIDGEND has gone on to screen and numerous international film festivals including Glasgow, which hosted the UK premiere.
Cast & Crew
Sara – Hannah Murray
Jamie – Josh O’Connor
Dave – Steven Waddington
Vicar – Adrian Rawlins
Thomas – Scott Arthur
Laurel – Elinor Crawley
Danny – Aled Llyr Thomas
Rachel – Patricia Potter
Thomas’ Mother – Nia Roberts
Director – Jeppe Rønde
Cinematographer – Magnus Nordenhof Jønck
Editor – Olivier Bugge Coutté
Music – Karsten Fundal
Country – UK, Denmark
Production Year – 2015
Language – English
Shooting Gauge – Digital
Aspect Ratio – 2.35:1
Duration – 104 minutes
Genre – Drama, Thriller
Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray Release Date – 7th August 2017 Pre-Order the film here
Festivals & Awards
World Premiere – Hivos Tiger Awards Competition – Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015
UK Premiere – Glasgow Film Festival 2016
Winner – Best Actress / Best Cinematography / Best Editing, World Narrative Competition – Tribeca Film Festival 2015
Hannah Murray is…
“superb” DEN OF GEEK
“mesmerizing” FILM JOURNAL
“Rønde’s approach, based heavily on visits to Bridgend and interaction with the community, has allowed him to make an astonishing film – it’s quite unexpected, raw and yet perfectly judged, intimate and yet universal, sensitive and yet brutal… an extraordinarily beautiful film.” THE QUIETUS Interview with director Jeppe Rønde on his approach to making the film: “it really matters to talk about it”.
“one of the most powerful films of the year” CINEMACY
“stunning and affecting” THE HOLLYWOOD INTERVIEW
“It’s a subject that could easily have been exploited for its tragic allure or demonised as many of the tabloids who covered it did, but Rønde handles it with conscience and care, allowing the story to be neither cheaply romanticised nor judgementally damned.” ★★★★★ THE SKINNY
“a compelling film that should not be missed.” ★★★★★ BLOGCRITICS MAGAZINE
“Breathtaking” RED CARPET REPORT
“Bridgend is a superb piece of work” ★★★★½ EYE FOR FILM
“excellent” UNSEEN FILMS BLOG
★★★★ THE UPCOMING
★★★★ FILM AND TV NOW
“an evocative and hauntingly sharp piece of observational filmmaking.” CINEMACY
“arresting… engrossing and terrifying.” INDIEWIRE
“Rønde has managed to achieve the seeming impossible here: he’s made a film which gets into the mindset of a group of isolated teenagers without judging their actions or attempting to offer easy, comfortable answers.” DEN OF GEEK
Information and Support
If you, or someone you know, are affected by the issues raised in this film the following organisations offer help and support:
Samaritans is available 24 hours a day for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk where calls are free and completely confidential.
Phone: 116 123
PAPYRUS offer support, practical advice and information to young people considering suicide and can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know.
Phone: 0800 068 41 41
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
Phone: 0300 111 5065 (9am to 9pm daily)