Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean star in Yorkshire-set drama.


Principal photography has commenced in the UK on Dark River, the third feature film from writer-director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant).

Cast includes Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Mark Stanley (Game Of Thrones) and Sean Bean (Game Of Thrones).

Tracy O’Riordan produces for Moonspun Films with Left Bank Pictures’ Lila Rawlings, Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie executive producing. 

The film is backed by Film4, the BFI Film Fund, Screen Yorkshire and the Wellcome Trust and was developed by Film4, the BFI and the Wellcome Trust. Protagonist Pictures is handling world sales. Shooting will take place on location in Yorkshire for five weeks.

In Dark River, following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.

Once there she is confronted by a brother (Mark Stanley) she barely recognises, worn down by years of trying to keep the farm going, who is naturally hostile to her arrival and her claim over the tenancy.

Their dispute unearths traumatic memories for Alice, memories which have remained dormant for years but which now threaten both of their futures.