STRANGE WATERS, 16min,. UK, Thriller
Directed by Andy McLeod
Four strangers. A remote fort out at sea. A private party with an absent host. The tale of four soldiers who jumped to their death. Was it the isolation or some thing else? Will the fort claim it’s next victims or can they all survive until morning?
Strange Waters is my film directorial debut. First off, I just loved the script. We'd been in lockdown and it spoke to me as a metaphor for the isolation everyone had been experiencing during Covid.
I was also inspired by the location. The challenge of filming out at sea and being able to film on such a historical and atmospheric building.
In my theatrical career I have always strived for excellence and I wanted my film debut to also push the bar. I had worked with Rowena (our Writer/Producer) and the Actors for over a year during lockdown on a couple of online projects, and was at a point where I was ready to make my first film.
Filming on Spitbank fort was an amazing experience, we are the only dramatic piece ever to shoot there. It offered us some amazing landscape and drone shots as well some eerie interiors. We also shot in the Victorian tunnels under Ventnor Botanic Gardens, to recreate the fort tunnels.
We filmed during lockdown, which was a massive challenge and a risk in case anyone fell ill. Fortunately we were blessed with a fantastic, tight crew of 8 people, who were motivated to work efficiently whilst keeping each other safe.
Strange Waters is a film in its own right but we also have the longer feature script up our sleeve ready to go.