Private Project


On a remote peninsula an older man spots an ill-equipped younger man and determines to teach him a lesson. The two men then find their separate ways to the same isolated settlement, where a small band of outcasts, led by an enigmatic, but fading and delusional matriarch, are tested by the new arrivals. As the two strangers rivalry escalates, the leadership of this out-of-the-way community is increasingly called into question and an extraordinary chain of events ensues.

A story of karma and retribution, inspired by the brothers Grimm fable The Wanderers.

  • Tim Rolt
  • Tim Rolt
  • Keith Benton
  • Tom Beedim
    Key Cast
  • Alexander Scrivens
    Key Cast
  • Rustyna Edwards
    Key Cast
  • Gilian Harker
    Key Cast
  • Olivia Griffiths
    Key Cast
  • Rebecca Todd
    Key Cast
  • Johnny Vivash
    Key Cast
  • Peter Stiles
    Key Cast
  • Kyri Saphiris
    Key Cast
  • Benabu
    Key Cast
  • David Scott
  • Belinda Parsons
  • Bryan Dyke
  • Tim Rolt
  • Mick Duffield
    Sound Recordist
  • Sam Sturtivant
  • Peregrine Andrews
    Sound editing
  • Tim Rolt
    Sound editing
  • Pete Howell
    Sound editing
  • Amanda Stekly
    Art Director & Costumes
  • Damien Barnecutt
    Colourist & Online editing
  • Jamie McMurray
    Camera Assistant
  • Christopher Starkey
    Focus Pullers
  • Steven Meiklejohn
    Focus Pullers
  • Felix Rolt
    Boom operator
  • Harry Davidson
    VFX & additional editing
  • Mike Moran
    VFX & Tiltles
  • Guy Ducker
    additional editing
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 23, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital @ 2K (Arri Alexa)
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Southampton International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 19, 2019
    UK premiere
    Nominated in six categories. Two awards Best Director, Best Cinematography
Director Biography - Tim Rolt

Tim Rolt has made films utilizing an enormous diversity of techniques and styles, combining fiction, documentary, animation and video art. His work has been seen in galleries, broadcast on television, and screened widely at film festivals throughout the world, winning several awards. Tim Rolt, originally trained at the National Film and TV School, tutored by Alexander Mackendrick and Bill Douglas, among others. Alongside his own films he has also made title sequences, pop videos, commercials and documentaries and he has worked in the UK, Europe and the US.

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Director Statement

The landscape was the initial inspiration for the film. I’d got to know it from visits over several years. It is not like anywhere else that I know of. It offers extremely varied terrain within a small radius. It’s an area of rural wilderness, actually quite close to civilization, but feeling very remote. I found this place offered a chance to focus, to dream and to imagine. And I started to imagine making a film here. This was the original inspiration, to make a film entirely within this special place.

The place dictated the form of the film. Importantly it had one single building, which I quickly identified, might provide accommodation for a small cast and crew, whilst also potentially doubling as a location. It’s on these kinds of practical parameters that the film was made. We booked this accommodation nearly ten months ahead of our planned shoot, as a marker of intent.

I had identified the bones of a story that I felt could work in this place - a brothers Grimm tale - The Wanderers or Two Traveling Companions. Taking this outline story as a framework, I gathered a team, happy to collaborate with me, on making the film as a work, of what I’d like to call, shared, co-operative, group intelligence.

In undertaking such a project, with no conventional script and no safety net, the cast and crew exhibited great trust and loyalty. My team were all fantastically supportive and proactive in working alongside me. I think this quality of collective imaginary play is possibly the most important single element in the achievement of this film. The isolated location setting, and the fact that we were all staying in it together, played a very considerable part in engendering this.

Living on the set and leaving so much to last minute chance, also meant we were able to take full advantage of weather, light and all the other variables. With just fifteen days shooting we were able to maximize shooting time. In this, and very many other ways, limitations became freedoms. Restrictions may have dictated the form, but these same restrictions can also become freedoms.