‘The job to die for’
Shepherd is a 2021 British horror film about a man who takes a job on a remote island and begins to suffer paranormal visitations.
Written and directed by Russell Owen (Inmate Zero), the movie stars Tom Hughes (The Laureate; A Discovery of Witches; London Town), Kate Dickie (The Green Knight; Prevenge; The Witch), Gaia Weiss (Meander) and Greta Scacchi (Waiting for the Barbarians; The Terror TV series). Produced by Karim Tshibangu and Aslam Parvez.
Widower Eric Black (Tom Hughes) attempts suicide after the suspicious death of his adulterous wife. He becomes distracted by a bizarre advertisement for a shepherd, working alone on a remote, desolate island off the west coast of Scotland. Eric grabs the chance to run away from his troubles and reflect.
However, the island is a psychological trap. What appears to be the perfect windswept escape turns into the most terrifying, inescapable nightmare.
A bump in the nNovember 5, 2021.ight morphs into a horrifying mind game, where the paranormal meets one man’s escalating madness. Haunting images of his dead wife and a mysterious hooded figure taunt Eric to the brink of insanity. Eric needs to face his greatest fears if he has any chance of surviving and escaping the island…
Parkland Pictures picked up worldwide sales rights to Shepherd. Sister company Parkland Entertainment acquired UK distribution through its new imprint, the genre-focused Darkland Distribution and will release the film in cinemas on November 5, 2021.
Russell Owen says, “Like most storytellers I’ve always been drawn in by compelling, fractured characters. Shepherd is my second feature. I’ve navigated my way through the film industry from being a storyboard and concept artist, to writer and director of over a hundred commercials and shorts. In many respects, I see this as my first feature. It’s the first true opportunity to express my own creative voice in long form.
It’s a terrifying if not beautiful character-driven piece about one man’s futile escape from his own guilt. Growing up in Wales I drew inspiration from local ghost stories such as the Smalls Lighthouse (a true story about lighthouse keepers going mad off the coast of Wales in the 1700s. It was also coincidentally the inspiration for Robert Eggers recent The Lighthouse filming at the same time).”
He continued: “Shot in one of the most beautiful, remote and less filmed parts of Britain, using specifically designed location and studio sets, we created a 360 degree, immersive environment to really build a true authenticity in a heightened, nightmarish tale. Shepherd allows its audience to decide for themselves the motivations behind (and the fate of) its protagonist by not giving its true foundations away.”
Cast and characters:
Tom Hughes … Eric Black
Gaia Weiss … Rachel Black
Greta Scacchi … Glenys Black
Kate Dickie … Fisher