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Ten years after Scottish producer Chris Young broke UK theatrical box office records with the hit comedy The Inbetweeners Movie shooting begins on Young Films’ latest theatrical feature film Silent Roar.
A contemporary adolescent tale of surfing, sex and Hellfire set on a Scottish Hebridean island, this first feature from Scottish writer and director Johnny Barrington, born and bred on the Isle of Skye, is backed by BBC Film, British Film Institute (BFI) and Screen Scotland both awarding funds from the National Lottery.
Silent Roar will be shot entirely on the Isle of Lewis, in the community of Uig. Shooting runs for six weeks and started Monday September 6 on a budget of £2.6m.
Silent Roar stars newcomers Louis McCartney as Dondo, a young surfer struggling to accept his father has died in a fishing accident, and Ella Lily Hyland as Sas, a high-achiever dreaming of escape, with stage veteran Mark Lockyer taking the role of Paddy, a charismatic maverick preacher recently returned to the island.
Chris previously produced Johnny Barrington’s award-winning short Tumult which was supported by Creative Scotland and was nominated for a BAFTA after having its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
He also runs the Young Films Foundation on the Isle of Skye, is a talent development scheme that aims to find and aid a new generation of Scottish screenwriting talent.
He said: ‘We are so excited to take this opportunity afforded us by BBC Film, BFI and Screen Scotland, to give Scottish film-making a shot in the arm with a new theatrical feature destined for release next year in UK cinemas.
‘A film which captures the unique landscape of the Hebrides as a backdrop to a story which celebrates the joy and the pain of adolescence in the context of surfing.
‘Audiences have already enjoyed Johnny Barrington’s unique view of the world, combining real pathos with unexpected humour and a taste for the sublime.
‘Having lived here for over 20 years, I’ve longed to find a film that can express the power and the glory of this landscape and its people, and Silent Roar is that film.
‘Johnny is exactly the kind of talent we hope to unearth and support at Young Film Foundation – a great new writer with something unique to offer to global contemporary cinema.
‘We are hugely indebted to the people of Uig, who will be providing us with their support and goodwill, not to mention our local line producer Shona Mackenzie.
‘Our ambition greatly exceeds our budget but as I discovered with The Inbetweeners [which grossed £46 million], the key to success lies in the strength of the script, the director and the actors, and I’m confident that we have found that magical combination here.’
The film’s director and writer Johnny Barrington added: ‘Silent Roar is about the weird and wild things people do with their grief.
‘It is inspired by recent life events and my childhood, all mixed up so nobody would ever recognise it. Ever!
‘I’m humbled by the support and inspired by the amazing cast and crew we have got together here in Uig on the Isle of Lewis.
‘Although Silent Roar is my script it’s already become a creative endeavour that depends on the talent and hard work of a huge group.
‘I’ve been dreaming of and working towards making a feature film for 20 years now so I can’t wait for us all to start shooting.’