Production is underway on the British thriller Here before, the feature debut by writer and director Stacey Gregg, starring Andrea Riseborough (Bird man).
Jonjo O’Neill (The fall), Martin McCann (Caliber) and Eileen O’Higgins (Brooklyn) complete the cast of the production which will tour in and around Belfast for four weeks.
After new neighbors move in next door, a grieving mother, played by Riseborough, begins to question her reality in the psychological thriller written and directed by Belfast-born and based Gregg.
Most recently, Gregg co-directed a play inside bitch for the Royal Court Theater and Clean Break. Her writing credits include the Sophia Al-Maria series Little birds currently filming with Juno Temple and French Riviera, both for Sky Atlantic; as good as Innocents and on the new Charlie Covell series Kaos for Netflix.
Pic is produced by Julia Godzinskaya and Sophie Vickers of Rooks Nest Entertainment (The witch), who recently completed Aneil Karia’s film Rise for BBC Films and the BFI, with Ben Whishaw. The film is funded by BBC Films, Pia Pressure and Northern Ireland Screen. Executive producers are Eva Yates for BBC Films, Pia Getty and James Durrant for Pia Pressure and Will Norton for Rooks Nest.
The project was originally developed with Northern Ireland Screen before being developed through the iFeatures program. This is the first film in the fifth iteration of the iFeatures program to go into production.
Eva Yates, Commissioning Executive at BBC Films, said: “It is proof of Stacey’s immense talent that she has attracted such an outstanding cast for her first feature film. We are delighted to be working with Stacey and again with Julia and Sophie from Rooks Nest who have brought together such enthusiastic and supportive partners for this very special film.
Andrew Reid, Head of Production at Northern Ireland Screen, added: “It’s great to welcome Stacey to her home in Northern Ireland to direct her first feature film. Stacey is an incredible talent whose compelling storyline has drawn an impressive cast. We are delighted to be involved and wish the entire cast and crew a very successful shoot. “
Riseborough will next be seen starring in Nicolas Pesce’s reboot of The Grudge opposite Demián Bichir and John Cho for Sony, which is scheduled for release in January 2020. Then, she will be seen in Stefano Sollima’s film Zero Zero Zero, Amazon’s real crime series focused on the drug and cocaine trade that premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. She is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, Independent Talent Group and lawyer Patti Felker.