HUMPS or: Grey Water, Green Eyes

An aristocratic farmer is performing experiments on a group of wild boar in order to create super-sized carcasses for market. After slaughter, he dumps the remaining drug-infused tissue into a stream that joins Lake Windermere.

Could the farmer's illegal activities be having an adverse effect on the local population of Crescent crested newts, their only habitat the same tributary that feeds the lake?

Fast forward 15 years to the arrival of Jeremy Clackhandle - a harebrained, investigative documentary filmmaker looking for the break to launch his career at world-level. When Clackhandle receives a tip-off about a raucous Canadian television crew, last thought to have visited Lake Windermere, he sees it as the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone - Investigate the disappearance of the Canadians and at the same time, explore the legend of Bownessie, Windermere's (and The Lake District's) fabled lake monster.

Just what became of the Canadians? What happened to those newts? And what will become of Jeremy?...

HUMPS or: Grey Water, Green Eyes is a dark comedy combining both the real and the surreal, all the while driven by a diverse, yet cohesive musical score.

  • Elliott Leon
  • Elliott Leon
  • Elliott Leon
  • Elliott Leon
    Key Cast
    "Jeremy Clackhandle"
  • Karen Tredwell
    Key Cast
    "Fiona McHugh"
  • Kevin Beecroft
    Key Cast
    "Local "
  • Richard Sutton
    Key Cast
  • Thomas Noblett
    Key Cast
    "Marcus O'Reilly"
  • Amelia Miall
    Key Cast
  • Anne Lees
    Key Cast
    The Raven on the Jetty
  • David Vanstone
    Key Cast
  • Zoe Baker
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Dark Comedy, Pseudo Documentary, Adventure, Cryptid Hunting, Surrealist, Gothic
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 23, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Staveley Roundhouse - Premiere
    United Kingdom
    October 29, 2019
    UK Premiere
  • Royalty Cinema
    United Kingdom
    November 13, 2019
  • Staveley
    United Kingdom
    October 29, 2019
    UK Premiere
Director Biography - Elliott Leon

Elliott James Leon is a musician and filmmaker based in the South Lakeland District of Cumbria. After leaving school at the age of 16, Elliott completed a 2 year diploma in Media Studies (Audiovisual) before going on to graduate in Performing Arts at Newcastle College. Many years, various bands and short films followed before he finally decided to sit down and draft out the outline to a dark comedy/mockumentary that would ultimately become his first, feature-length film - HUMPS or: Grey Water, Green Eyes.

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Director Statement

Increasingly in the arts, it seems to be very hard to attract funding for a project if you are a one-man band, particularly for films. So, it was the case for me at least, of just cracking on and aiming for a decent level of presentation with little to no funds. It's possible, though you have to work that much harder when you're simply working with what you have.