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Acclaimed UK filmmaker Mark Jenkin to helm chiller “ENYS MEN”

Friday, January 17, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Following a slew of honors for his first feature BAIT (pictured), the writer/director will follow up with a project described as “an ecosophical horror film.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Jenkin has landed co-financing from Film4 for ENYS MEN (Cornish for “stone island”), about a woman who is haunted by events from both her past and future. The movie will roll in May on location in Cornwall, with Denzil Monk producing. Jenkin has won multiple accolades for BAIT, an intense drama also set in Cornwall that he shot on black-and-white 16mm, and which is up for BAFTA Awards for outstanding British film of the year and outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer, following multiple nominations from the London Critics Circle film awards and the British Independent Film Awards. BAIT has also been a hit on the UK art-house circuit, though it has yet to land U.S. distribution. (“Ecosophical,” by the way, refers to the philosophy of ecological harmony, which presumably will be pushed way out of balance in this film.)

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.