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Shooting begins on Dictynna Hood's Us Among The Stones

Us Among The Stones

Story by Jack Foley

AWARD-winning UK director Dictynna Hood is reuniting with some of the cast and crew of her debut feature Wreckers for her follow-up, Us Among The Stones, an exploration of love and family.

The film follows Owen (Laurence Fox) over the course of a weekend, in thrall to his dying mother, Marianne (Anna Calder-Marshall).

Recently separated from Caroline, the woman he loves, he attempts to do the right thing as a dutiful son.

Meanwhile, his extended family also return to the house and their childhood roles and rituals.

Hood commented: “We wanted to make the film like the house it is set in, full of moments rich and strange. The house holds all the inhabitants and their memories, their ghosts past and future, but Owen in this moment in this house is the person we’re focused on.

“His story with Caroline is central, but at the same time I am interested in how families function or fail to function: the most important conversations being held in corridors, the constant interruptions, the oxymoron of the ‘family dinner’.”

Family relationships are fertile source of inspiration for Hood, who received critical acclaim following her debut feature Wreckers, in which a married couple move back to their childhood village to start a family, where a surprise visit from the husband’s brother ignites sibling rivalry and exposes lies embedded in the couple’s relationship.

Wreckers starred Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy and Shaun Evans and won Best Film of the Perspectives Competition at the 2012 Moscow International Film Festival.

Hood was also a nominee for Best British Newcomer at the 2012 London Film Festival and New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize nominee at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Us Among The Stones is currently in post-production and is crowd-funding to raise completion costs on Social Screen.

Perks include wet plate collodion images of Lawrence Fox, screenplay feedback from Hood, and haikus from the film’s poet-in-residence.

Hood continued: “We decided to run a crowd-funding campaign for a number of reasons. We are also looking for ways of drawing people to the film and creating a family of viewers around it, as well as to raise funds for post-production.”

More details can be found on the film’s website