British filmmaker Will Jewell’s award-winning first feature film, an ‘exciting’ social thriller, debuts on British television tonight.
British filmmaker Will Jewell, spent five years putting together his debut feature, Concrete Plans, following writing for the BBC, Channel 4 and Huffington Post. That, and directing documentaries, music promos, web series and the award-winning short Man In Fear, which is itself being developed as a feature film.
Unfortunately, Concrete Plans was unlucky enough to have its UK-wide cinema release scheduled when cinemas were closed in lockdown. That hasn’t stopped the film from receiving a very positive reaction though. Premiering at Frightfest, it has gone on to screen at a number of festivals, winning Best Film and Best Director at the Seattle Film Festival.
The film’s initial UK release was via digital platforms such as NOWTV, Sky and Amazon. However, with the film debuting on Film4 tonight, this is the first opportunity for Concrete Plans to be enjoyed by a wide audience.
The premise for the film is certainly an intriguing one: ‘Primarily a Thriller with dashes of Social Realism and even Spaghetti Western stylings, the film concerns a ragtag group of builders who are ripped off whilst renovating a remote farmhouse. Backed by Film Wales, its cast includes James Lance (Ted Lasso), Amber Rose Revah (The Punisher), Charley Palmer Rothwell (Looted), Goran Bogdan (Fargo), Steve Speirs (Extras), William Thomas (Twin Town) and Chris Reilly (Wrath of Man)’. Keep an ear out for the film’s score too, by Paul Hartnoll of Orbital, that fuses pastoral folk horror influences with electronica to dizzying effect.
Distributed in the UK by Signature and in the US by Dark Sky, Concrete Plans has picked up some excellent reviews, including ‘one of the most exciting British thrillers in years’ from The Hollywood News and ‘an Orwellian farmyard microcosm of Britain’ courtesy of our chums at Vodzilla. We’ll certainly be tuning in for this brilliant British success story, and we recommend you do too.
We’ll leave you with the film’s trailer…
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