Jessica Barden (represented by Curtis Brown) in The Dark Half, a chilling ghost story about love, grief and redemption, which follows the haunting of a teenage girl, for which open casting calls were held back in September.
Jessica, who earlier this year filmed Hanna alongside Saoirse Ronan, plays 15 year old Marie:
It's autumn and Marie is fifteen. She lives on the edge of the city with her mum Kathy. Filthy lives next door. He is a single father with a six year old son called Sean. He takes his boy out hunting with him for rabbits on the hill behind their houses. They are very close and spend all their time together. Marie also likes the hill. She goes running on it every day. In a secluded spot near the top she has a secret den. It is her refuge from a world she is finding increasingly difficult to cope with. She appears to be losing her only friend and she doesn’t seem to be able to communicate with her mother.
One night Marie babysits for Filthy. Whilst in her care, Sean mysteriously dies. Nobody knows why and Filthy is devastated. Marie becomes convinced the death has something to do with the hill and becomes aware that she is being haunted by a frightening presence. What is this presence? Is it the spirit of Sean? Or something much more terrifying...
Georgia Henshaw plays Marie's friend Michelle. As well as being in teen flick Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging, Georgia (represented by Mark Jermin) played Lara, JJ's (Ollie Barbieri) girlfriend in Skins.
Filmed at the Bottle Yard, a 300,000 sq ft dedicated production facility in Hengrove, Bristol, the film is the first of three films to be made under South West Screen’s iFeatures digital filmmaking scheme. Tony Curran stars as Filthy.