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Man behind BAFTA award winning Cornish film onto his next project

Man behind BAFTA award winning Cornish film onto his next project

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 22nd February 2020.

The man behind a BAFTA award winning film from Cornwall is already onto his next project.

Mark Jenkin took the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer gong for his critically acclaimed Cornish film Bait.

Now his new film "Enys Men" (Kernewek/Cornish Language for stone island) is expected to start filming in the Duchy as soon as May this year.

Although, like Bait, this production will be filmed on his signature 16mm camera it will be in colour and will be an 'ecosophical' horror film which is expected to shoot in and around Cornwall.

It is this environmental aspect and the intended use of the Cornish Mining Landscape as a backdrop for the film that has inspired the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Office investment, along with Film 4.

"Supporting cultural interpretation of our site is vital as part of our efforts to inspire people from all backgrounds to learn about and protect our Cornish Mining Heritage. 

"This project's exploration of the ecological value of the mining landscape and how we interact with and impact our environment is something which is fundamental to our role as a World Heritage Site Office.

"We are thrilled to be supporting a Cornish film and look forward to seeing how it highlights the ecological and environmental challenges we face". 

Julian German, Chairman of the World Heritage Site Partnership board

The success of Bait, which was filmed within the World Heritage Site at Charlestown, screened at 42 international film festivals and packed cinema showings accompanied by rave reviews. 

Following on from Bait's worldwide success, Enys Men has already secured Film 4 co-financing with senior commissioning executive Lauren Dark overseeing late stage development and production. 

In this new project Jenkin will direct from his own script. Fellow Cornishman Denzil Monk for Bosena is producer. Johnny Fewings is executive producer with Bait BAFTA winners Kate Byers and Linn Waite as associate producers.

The Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Office will be publishing their management plan this year and the themes of environmental impact and ecological value of heritage sites will be prioritised. 

Alongside the financial investment it will be supporting the production team with any industrial and heritage background they may require. 

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