Trailer for Tom Hughes and Kate Dickie's new horror movie Shepherd lands

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Photo credit: Darkland Distribution
Photo credit: Darkland Distribution

Victoria and Game of Thrones stars face solitary terror in the first trailer for Shepherd.

This official selection for the BFI London Film Festival 2021 has unveiled its new footage ahead of making its world premiere at the fest on October 14.

Tom Hughes — who plays playwright Kit Marlowe in A Discovery of Witches and has also played Prince Albert Victoria in Victoria — stars in the stark horror film from writer/director Russell Owen.

Shepherd casts Hughes as a grieving widower who arrives on a strange and desolate island to take a shepherding job.

Photo credit: Darkland Distribution
Photo credit: Darkland Distribution

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The longer the man lives on this island, the more he begins to question whether he's losing his sanity, or if demonic forces are at play.

"Something's haunting you, Mr Black. I can see it," he's warned by a twisted skiff driver.

Also featured in Shepherd will be Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Greta Scacchi (The Terror) and Gaia Weiss (Vikings and Medici: Masters of Florence).

Russell Owen has said of the film's selection for the BFI Festival: "I've followed the BFI London Film Festival for decades, so to actually be a part of it is surreal and a massive honour.

Photo credit: Darkland Distribution
Photo credit: Darkland Distribution

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"I can't think of a better platform to bring Shepherd to an audience and I'm over the moon."

Owen filmed Shepherd in the early spring of 2019 in Scotland and Wales, before moving to the famed Underwater Studio in Basildon for some suspenseful watery scenes. The Isle of Mull, in the Inner Hebrides, doubled as the mysterious island at the centre of the film.

Shepherd premieres at the BFI London Film Festival on October 14, before arriving in UK and Irish cinemas on November 5. A US release date hasn't yet been announced.

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