BRIDGEND

24th July 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, SLEEPY HOLLOW) move to a small town in Bridgend, South Wales, which has witnessed a series of unexplained suicides amongst its young inhabitants. While Dave, as the town’s new police officer, investigates the deaths, Sara befriends a group of local teenagers who frequently gather in woodland to honour their friends that have gone. 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 seventy-nine suicides were reported in the Bridgend area. Most of the victims 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 at the Tribeca Film Festival, winning Best Actress (for Hannah Murray), Best Cinematography and Best Editing. BRIDGEND has gone on to screen and numerous international film festivals including Glasgow, which also hosted the UK premiere.


Hannah Murray (Sara) and Josh O’Connor (Jamie) in BRIDGEND
Hannah Murray (Sara) in BRIDGEND
Steven Waddington (Dave) and Hannah Murray (Sara) in BRIDGEND
Hannah Murray (Sara) and Josh O’Connor (Jamie) in BRIDGEND
Ensemble, BRIDGEND
Steven Waddington (Dave) in BRIDGEND
Adrian Rawlins (The Vicar) in BRIDGEND
Hannah Murray (Sara) in BRIDGEND
Josh O’Connor (Jamie) and Hannah Murray (Sara) in BRIDGEND
Josh O’Connor (Jamie) and Hannah Murray (Sara) in BRIDGEND

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

Writers – Jeppe RøndeTorben BechPeter Asmussen

Producers – Malene BlenkovMichel Schønnemann

Cinematographer – Magnus Nordenhof Jønck

Editor – Olivier Bugge Coutté

Music – Karsten Fundal


Production Details

Country – UK, Denmark

Production Year – 2015

Language – English

Shooting Gauge – Digital

Aspect Ratio – 2.35:1

Duration – 104 minutes

Genre – Drama


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


Press

Hannah Murray is…

“superb” DEN OF GEEK

“excellent” VARIETY

“mesmerizing” FILM JOURNAL

“one of the most powerful films of the year” CINEMACY

“a compelling film that should not be missed.”  ★★★★★ BLOGCRITICS MAGAZINE

“stunning” THE HOLLYWOOD INTERVIEW

★★★★★  THE SKINNY

“Breathtaking” RED CARPET REPORT

Bridgend is a superb piece of work” ★★★★½ EYE FOR FILM

“excellent” UNSEEN FILMS BLOG

 “an astonishing film… perfectly judged… extraordinarily beautiful” THE QUIETUS

★★★★ 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

compelling… Rønde brings an unnerving aura of authenticity to his first narrative feature, based on intensive research into true events in the remote community. Rønde, who co-wrote the taught script, cast local non-actors in many roles, a daring move that pays off by creating engaging tension between what is known of the real events and this foreboding fictionalized version of them.” WOMEN’S ENEWS