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Executive produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson and Bond production house Eon Productions, director Corinna McFarlane’s The Silent Storm is to receive its UK premiere this month at the 2014 London Film Festival. Starring Damian Lewis (Homeland, Wolf Hall) and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Shadow Dancer), the powerful drama is also written by McFarlane (Three Miles North of Molkom).
On a remote Scottish island in the 50s, Aislin (Andrea Riseborough) lives with her minister husband Balor (Damian Lewis). He is a man of sudden and violent mood swings, and stern religiosity. Aislin finds consolation from his attitude of wrathful disapproval in the stark beauty of the surrounding countryside.
With the other islanders leaving for the mainland in droves, the couple are joined by a Glaswegian youth (Ross Anderson), entrusted to their care by a religious charity. Balor is initially suspicious of him, but Aislin recognises a kindred spirit in this sensitive young man and their relationship deepens when her husband has to leave the island.
Marking Corinna McFarlane’s feature debut after her codirected 2006 documentary Three Miles North of Molkom, this domestic melodrama is a tale of sweeping emotions and grandly realised landscapes, featuring full-blooded performances from Riseborough and Lewis.
Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival 2014
“A kind of modern Celtic folk tale”, producer Nicky Bentham (speaking to WFTV)
Shot on the Isle of Mull and co-starring Kate Dickie (Prometheus, Red Road), John Sessions (Filth, Through the Looking Glass) and newcomer Ross Anderson (Unbroken), Eon alumni Debbie McWilliams serves as casting director, Skyfall co-editor Kate Baird takes on editing duties and the score is composed by Alistair Caplain. Nicky Bentham (Moon, Talking Liberties) serves as producer.
The Silent Storm (Neon Films / Eon Productions) has its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2014 on October 14th and will be released in 2015 and sold by West End Films.