British director Alicia Duffy’s first feature, All Good Children, will have its World Premiere in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Realisateurs) in Cannes, it was announced today.
The film is the first production for Caveman Films, recently set up by producer Jonathan Cavendish and actor/director Andy Serkis.
This mesmerising debut tells the story of Dara, a young Irish boy who is moved to rural France with his brother Eoin after the death of their mother. There, the boys befriend a local English family and the vulnerable Dara falls under the spell of their young daughter Bella, but when she begins to pull away, Dara’s feelings for her start to get out of hand…
All Good Children hypnotically plays out in the gap between childhood and adulthood, between childish fantasy and adult reality.
Alicia Duffy, a graduate of the NFTS, has made several prize-winning shorts, including Crow Stone, which was a prize-winner in the Cinéfondation Competition in Cannes 2001 and also received awards at other Festivals including Edinburgh, Chicago and Bologna.
In 2002 she was selected for the Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation Residence in Paris, and later that year, funded by a unique co-production scheme between the Film Council and the CNC, Alicia, the only writer-director selected, made the short film The most beautiful man in the world.
This film was BAFTA nominated and was in the Official Selection at Cannes 2003 where it was hailed in the British and International press as “the stand-out: a delicate, dream-like wonder full of light and warmth… it packs a powerfully resonant charge and shows a film-making sensibility that’s unique” (Daily Telegraph), “one of the brightest up and coming writer-directors in the UK” (Screen International).The most beautiful man in the world won Best International Film at the Hamburg Short Film Festival, received further awards at The Rhode Island and Chicago Film Festivals, and won the Turner Classic Movies Short Film Prize.
Producer Jonathan Cavendish’s credits include the Bridget Jones films, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Croupier, Into the West, and Bernard and Doris. The director of photography is Nanu Segal (Donkey Punch; Shrooms). The production designer is Igor Gabriel (The Child; Rosetta). The film is edited by Nicolas Chaudeurge (Fish Tank; Red Road).
All Good Children is an Irish/Belgian/French co-production between Element Pictures, Artemis Productions and Cinema Defacto. The film was made with the support of the Irish Film Board, CRRAV Nord-pas de Calais, Communauté Français de Belgique, Région Wallonie and Eurimages. It was developed with the support of the UK Film Council and Channel Four.