BFI Distribution revealed the UK trailer for ‘Enys Men.’ Written, directed and photographed by Mark Jenkin, and following his 2019 BAFTA-winning first feature ‘Bait.’
The mind-bending Cornish folk horror set in 1973 unfolds on an uninhabited island off the Celtic Sea. A wildlife volunteer’s daily observations of a rare flower take a dark turn into the strange and metaphysical, forcing both her and viewers to question what is real and what is a nightmare.
Shot by Jenkin on grainy 16mm colour film stock and with his trademark post-synched sound, the form feels both innovative and authentic to the period. Filmed on location around the disused tin mines of West Penwith, it is also an ode to Cornwall’s rich folklore and natural beauty.
Mary Woodvine (Poldark, Judge John Deed, Doc Martin), who played Sandra in ‘Bait’, is The Volunteer. She reunites with ‘Bait’ co-star Edward Rowe (The Witcher, House of the Dragon) who is The Boatman. Flo Crowe is The Girl and the esteemed TV, film and theatre actor John Woodvine (An American Werewolf in London) is The Preacher.
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The film is released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on 13 January 2023.