Thriller - Development 2012

LENA, a young woman with a chequered past is called to Weaping Isle to the death bed of her estranged mother. However, when she arrives she dsicovers her mother is already dead, and then the body goes missing. A chiller about the cost of belonging.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Thriller
    • Countries
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Patricia LALLA
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/DEF0-E41A-A386-98C4-AD95-U
    • Producer(s)
    • Patricia LALLA, Phil PARKER
    • Synopsis
    • A contemporary psychological chiller set on decaying, myth-ridden, Waeping Isle. LENA - a young, marine biologist, and a lost soul, is forced to unearth her family’s sinister past when she visits her estranged dying mother.
      LENA DEVLIN has recently returned to London after a tragic accident in the South Pacific, and is being stalked by a man with flame red hair, when she receives a letter from her birth mother LILY FIRSK.
      Lena never knew her mother, who abandoned her when she was two. The only thing Lena has to remind her of her absent parent is an unusual ring engraved with a mermaid image. Mother and daughter have not made contact since. Now Lily is dying on WAEPING ISLE, a small island wrapped in pre-medieval myths, and wants to meet her daughter one last time.
      Escaping the stalker, and curious to see her mother at last Lena takes the ferry to this mist shrouded isle little knowing the dark past she is about to encounter. On her arrival Lena discovers her mother has just died, and she is forced to stay with her eccentric relatives, the FIRSKS.
      The Frisks emigrated to Waeping Isle from London a few years before Lena's birth. They reveal that Lily didn't mention anything about Lena's existence until a fortnight ago, and they have no idea who Lena's father is. They also inform Lena that years ago Lily left Waeping Isle feeling homesick for London. They didn't hear from her for three years, then suddenly she returned but would say nothing of her time in London.
      The Firsks do not recognise the mermaid ring but everyone comments on Lena being the spitting image of her mother. During Lily's burial at sea, Lena decides to bury the mermaid ring with Lily's body, but when she shakily opens the casket lid she find the coffin empty - Lily's body has gone... Lena sets out to discover the secrets of Weaping Isle and confront who ever is behind the disappearance of her mother.
    • Partners & financing
    • Co-production with Kisi Films-Iceland; Apple Films - Poland, and Stdio Mitte- Germany .Seeking distribution and co-production partners to complete financing.
    • Production schedule
    • Pre-production September 2012
      Soot October/November 2012
      Delivery Apriil 2013
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 01, 2012