Rebecca Front stars in a new short film, Edmund The Magnificent.
Rebecca plays the part of the shopkeeper in the film, alongside a cast that includes Ian McKellen, David Bradley and Mark Bonnar (of Catastrophe fame).
Written and directed by Ben Ockrent, funded through the emerging talent fund with Creative England and the BFI, and produced by Haus Films, it tells the story of a pig farmer (Bradley) who’s down on his luck, and his journey to get back on top.
When news breaks that the county pig fete is being revived, the once-legendary farmer decides to make one final roll of the dice – and invest his life savings in a thoroughbred piglet with which to breed new life back into his now dilapidated farm. But when he puts young Edmund out to breed and the lad abstains, the farmer is forced on a journey that will challenge everything he thought he knew about pigs, love and the value of life.
Composer Alex Baranowski, who worked on the music for the film, said: “One of the most funny and brilliant short films I’ve ever seen let alone had the privilege to work on… with the whole piece musically scored throughout telling every twist of the journey.”
You can see a trailer for the film below. From what we can tell, it’s already been shown at a few festivals since it was completed early this year, but if we hear of any further opportunities to see it, we’ll keep you posted.
History trivia fans may be interested to know that Edmund the Magnificent was also the name given to King Edmund I, the son of Edward the Elder and half-brother of Athelstan who came to the throne in 921. So now you know.