New film takes its name and setting from Norfolk
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A new film which takes its name and its setting from our county is to be released in cinemas across the country next week.
Called Norfolk, the movie is set amid an 'idyllic, brooding' Norfolk landscape and described as a haunting thriller about a reclusive father and son whose close relationship is threatened when the father's violent past catches up with them.
It is to have its UK cinema premiere at Cinema City, in Norwich, next Wednesday.
BAFTA-nominated Martin Radich directed the film and he said it was initially inspired by two disparate photos.
The first was a photograph of an unidentified soldier.
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'I couldn't figure out if his face exuded a killer's confidence or the mask of a shell-shocked broken man,' he said.
The second was a picture of nine-year-old Mr Radich and his brother on a family boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads.
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'At the time it seemed like we crossed continents but in hindsight I suspect the three miles per hour speed limit hindered that kind of an expedition.
'But in the mind of that nine year old, my brother and I discovered new lands unseen and unexplored by any adventurer before us,' said Mr Radich, who was previously nominated for a BAFTA for his short film In Memory of Dorothy Bennett.
He said that reflecting on the 'vast, flat landscape,' 'the deep dramatic blue skyscape,' and the 'deceptively still, secretive water' of the Broads inspired him to use the surroundings as the setting for a mysterious story, and the idea for Norfolk was born.
The film, which was shot in various locations in the county – including Claxton, the former RAF Coltishall base and Strumpshaw Fen – and also Lincolnshire, stars Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood), Barry Keoghan ('71, Stay), Eileen Davies (Sightseers, Another Year), Sean Buckley (The Fifth Element, Les Misérables) and newcomer Goda Letkauskaite.
It has been produced by Crybaby and SDI Productions and developed, financed and produced under Creative England's iFeatures banner with backing from BBC Films and BFI Film Fund.
Having previously been screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, it will be released in cinemas across the UK on September 21.
The cinema premiere will be at Cinema City, in Norwich, on September 21 at 6.15pm and there will also be a question and answer session with the filmmakers at the event.
To book tickets for the screening, visit www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Cinema_City
For more information about the film, visit www.norfolkthefilm.com and follow @NorfolkFilm on Twitter