Father of Flies – supernatural British thriller of twists and turns
Father of Flies is a haunting tale of family life. A vulnerable young boy finds his mother pushed out of the family home by a strange new woman, and he must confront the terrifying supernatural forces that seem to move in with her.
Shot in Suffern – upstate New York, the film stars Camilla Rutherford (Gosford Park, Phantom Thread), Sandra Andreis (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Davi Santos (Tell Me a Story), Page Ruth (Shameless), and Nicholas Tucci, the star of cult horror film ‘You’re Next’ who unfortunately has since passed away. This was one of the final films Nicholas had completed on.
The film is written and directed by Ben Charles Edwards, and co-written by Edwards’ writing partner Nadia Doherty. The film is based on a story Edwards had written as a child, a haunting tale of family life.
Director Ben Charles Edwards is a British film director, producer and writer. Upon the release of Edwards’ feature debut, The British Film Institute remarked that “Charles Edwards’ has crafted distinctive, admirable work that seems to have emerged from the unseen margins of British cinema.” Most recently Edwards produced the feature film ‘A Bird Flew In’. Edward’s production became the first UK film to start shooting since the Covid19 pandemic took hold. ‘A Bird Flew In’ is a black and white Cinéma vérité inspired feature film. Starring Sir Derek Jacobi, Jeff Fahey, Camilla Rutherford, Michael Winder, Morgana Robinson and Frances Barber. The story was conceived in the first week of lockdown and written throughout confinement, the black and white film charts six interlinked narratives. The film is set in the UK and France.
In early 2020 Edwards Creative Produced the feature documentary Quant. An insightful look into Mary Quant, One of the UK’s most renowned cultural figures, Quant was at the vanguard of the stylistic revolution of the 1960s and ‘70s, leading the charge away from convention and conservatism through the championing of ground-breaking designs including the miniskirt and hot pants.
Edwards motion picture debut Set the Thames on Fire is a fantasy film, directed by Ben Charles Edwards and written by Al Joshua. The dark comedy stars Michael Winder and Max Bennet as Art & Sal, two boys who fall through the clockwork of a grotesque, nightmare London, endeavouring to survive and escape, and perhaps find hope. The cast also includes Noel Fielding, David Hoyle, Sally Phillips, and Lily Loveless. To date, Set The Thames on Fire has been nominated for “The Discovery Award” for Best New Debut Film at the BFI London Comedy Film Festival 2016. The film was also long listed for the British Independent Film Awards 2016 for “Outstanding Achievement In Craft” and “Newcomer Discovery Award”.
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