“What if playtime lasted forever?”
Writer and director Jason Figgis has just completed post-production on his sci-fi chiller, ‘Railway Children‘, which was shot in Dublin with a cast of 43 children! The Echo have described it as ‘Lord of the Flies meets 28 Days Later’ and from the synopsis below, we can definitely see the Lord of the Flies inspiration. This sounds an exciting, original concept and the team at HCF will be keeping our readers up to date on this Irish feature length film.
The world has been devastated by a virus that has decimated the adult population leaving small children and teenagers to roam the scarred landscape attempting to form some kind of society with dramatic and violent results. Sisters Evie (Catherine Wrigglesworth) and Fran (Emily Forster) have been travelling from town to town, gathering food and finding accommodation as they move from place to place. They keep to themselves; Evie reading chapters from E. Nesbit’s classic children’s story ‘The Railway Children’ to her little sister in an attempt to bring a sense of normality to their bleak existence – the novel was a favourite bedtime read as both girls were growing up; their mother their favourite reader. Finding overnight shelter in a derelict building, the sisters soon settle down only to be awoken by shouts from another room. Investigating, Evie witnesses the beating of a girl. She watches in horror until the mob leaves the building and the girl behind. Tentatively going to her aid, the girl whom Evie discovers is called Alice (Justine Rodgers) leads them to a large building at the edge of the city from where they hear singing coming from a basement window. They investigate . . .
. . .so begins a battle of wills between newcomers and those holding tenuous threads of a commune civilisation together; add to this further invidious threats from two of the girls’ darker pasts and an already tense atmosphere is soon to explode into disturbing violence and bloodshed.
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