In the middle of Dartmoor, a hate preacher rules over an isolated church community. His enigmatic daughter Ella dreams of a life outside of this patriarchal regime and is leading a double life. When a mysterious witch-finder arrives in town, madness and paranoia grip the community and Ella must save her secret lover from the clutches of the baying mob.
Dean Puckett (Writer/Director)
Dean Puckett is a writer/director based in Plymouth. For ten years he took a ‘Gonzo’ approach to documentary filmmaking, often living with and immersing himself in his subjects. From his adaptation of Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed’s book The Crisis of Civilization, through to his three ethnographic documentaries, Grasp the Nettle, Honey at the Top and The AutistiX ( The Guardian.) He has shown a passion for telling gripping stories about people living on the edge of mainstream society. In 2015, with backing from Creative England and the BFI, he made the move into fiction with an award-winning short film called CIRCLES and then most recently, THE SERMON, a rural set ‘folk-horror’ dealing with sexuality faith and oppression which had its world premiere at BFI-Flare and has screened at Overlook film festival, Palm Springs short-fest and many more. In addition to this, he recently directed a ‘Straight8’ film called SATAN’S BITE, which was shot on one roll of super8 film with no editing and selected to world premiere at the Cannes film festival.
With this trilogy of bold short films he has shown he is ready for his first feature, I FEEL BLOOD – A folk-horror for the post-Brexit generation.
Watch the trailer for his short THE SERMON below:
Rebecca Wolff (Producer)
With a background as Head of Development at a BAFTA-award winning production company The Producers, Rebecca Wolff went freelance as a producer in 2012. In her first year as a producer she produced a short film through the BFI Shorts scheme called SIDNEY, which was shot on 35mm, and premiered at London Film Festival. Since then she has gone one to produce a number of short films with backing from Creative England and BFI including THE KNACKERMAN by Tom Shrapnel and ON THE SURFACE directed by Anna Blandford. In 2015 she formed Grasp The Nettle Films Ltd. with creative and business partner Dean Puckett. Since then they have gone on to make two Creative England and BFI backed fiction shorts (CIRCLES 2015, THE SERMON 2018), they made a short documentary commissioned by The Guardian called THE AUTISTIX. More recently Rebecca produced Dean’s Straight8 film SATAN’S BITE which had its premiere in Cannes, May 2018.