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Dark River is an upcoming film inspired by the 2010 novel, Trespass by Rose Tremain, which follows a woman who is haunted by her past.

Dark River is inspired by the 2010 novel Trespass by Rose Tremain. Dark River is a film about Alice (Ruth Wilson), a young woman who returns to her hometown to reclaim her family’s sheep farm after her father Richard’s (Sean Bean) death. Alice has been absent for 15 years leaving her brother Joe (Mark Stanley) to take care of the family farm alongside their father. Upon her return to the farm she learns her brother’s mismanagement has left the farm facing serious financial trouble. It will take a lot of team work to ensure Alice and Joe can keep the farm.


source: Arrow Films

Dark River looks like a film that explores both family secrets and the rough farmer’s life in the isolated countryside. It is already being touted as one of the most impressive films to come out of the U.K. this year, it’ll be interesting to see whether such praise is justified. From the trailer, it looks like a beautiful film featuring plenty of shots of the gorgeous countryside in which the story unravels. It’ll be interesting to find out what Alice’s secret is and why she originally left the family farm. The trailer seems to point in a very particular direction, let’s hope things aren’t as obvious as they are presented.

Dark River is directed by Clio Barnard and stars Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley and Sean Bean. It will be released in the U.K. on February 23rd, 2018 with an as of yet unknown U.S. release date. For international release dates click here.

Do you think Alice and Joe will be able to hold onto the family farm? Let us know in the comments!


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