Dartmoor is a great setting for magical, mystical and macabre movies, and we’re exciting by the prospect of a new film which takes the moody moor as the backdrop for its sinister goings on.
Called the Dartmoor Killing, the feature film has already picked up the screenplay award from the Tulsa film festival for the already BAFTA endowed writer & director Peter Nicholson, and co-writer Isabelle Grey.
Peter grew up in Dartington, so he’s quite aware of the dark, brooding landscape which is the setting is his psychological thriller.
Dartmoor Killing is the first of three films Peter plans for the region.
The film follows two young female friends as the set off on a hiking weekend on Dartmoor.
“Both are carrying secrets they have not shared. For Becky, the isolated moor reawakens demons from her past.
“For Susan, the trip offers a chance to transform her future. But neither is prepared for the emotional shock waves that follow an encounter with a young man on the moors â€“ an encounter that forces them to confront their lives and leads them into a terrifying and lethal ordeal.”
Peter has written, directed and produced some 50 documentaries for prime-time UK network and international broadcast. And he has experience of filming throughout Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, Africa, Australia, Japan, India and notably China, where he directed five films.
He produced and directed three episodes of BBC1’s The X Creatures, a stream of prime-time history documentaries for Channel 4, the high profile special FX drama called Pompeii â€“ The Last Day for the BBC and feature length drama-doc for Channel 4, Nuremberg -Goering’s Last Stand, which won the Huw Wheldon Specialist Factual award at the 2007 BAFTA television awards.
You can find out more about Peter’s career on his website.
Take a look at the Dartmoor Killing special preview to whet your appetite (please note, it’s not for the nervous, or those who object to the f-word)