For the past five weeks, the South of France have been the host of a cast and crew shooting a new horror film entitled "The Winedancers".
Written and directed by Gary Meyer while produced under the helm of Godam Film, the film is about a number of groups of people coming together and meeting up, in what to begin with looks very coincidentally, at a winecheateu in the South of France. Needless to say, it won't take long until a lot of very peculiar incidents start taking place; odd Pagan rituals, chateau hosts very far from the ordinary, people slowly going off the deep and end one by one - and most importantly: bloody murder - VERY bloody murder, in fact! Plus, it offers real suspence that can almost be described as a classic game of whodunit with a lot of twists and turns!
The cast is very international, UK actors Lucinda Rhodes, Edmund Digby-Jones, Kyle Calderwood and Marina De Salis, Scandinavian actor Kim Sønderholm, Mexican actors Mariana Peñalva and J.C. Montes-Roldan, Polish actress Kasia Koleczek, French actors Miglen Mirtchev, Antoine Martin, Andrea Catozzi (an acrobat able to do the craziest thing with this body) and the towering Jonathan Christopher Duncan playing “Gimp”. Finally, ofcourse there is “Fashion One Correspondents” model Callie Roberts.
Director, writer and producer Gary Meyer about the film:
"It all started in my back garden, I was working with a friend of mine who was into films so that's all we talked about. I wanted to write something new, raw and keep it that way not allowing it to be changed by outside influences and pressures to make it the same as everything else out there.
A mixture of horror comedy and theatre, a roller coaster of emotions. For some reason I came up with a transvestite cowboy line dancer as the main character wearing stiletto heals and tapping to the beat of “Cotton-Eye Joe”. To this day I'm [not] entirely sure where that idea came from.Then after some brain storming and getting some work on a vineyard “The Winedancers”
was born. The inspiration: Robin Hardy's “The Wicker Man”, Tony Scott's “The Hunger” and life here in Provence with its deep routed French way of life resisting change as much as it can from the outside world. The wine, the vineyards and the Pagan-like festivals which are held in the small surrounding villages during the summer.
Oh yes I almost forgot, and the French love of dancing...... line dancing, it seems inherent. It is so beautiful here that one can only get inspired but just below the surface of this beauty lies greed, corruption and the unseeing innocent victims who are lured here by its magic, its a magnet for it. “The Winedancers” is this story hosted by the greek gods Pan and Bacchus and not to mention a glass or two of wine."
The film is currently being edited and the release is expected for 2014, but until then, read more about “The Winedancers” on the IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3167458
Check Out Production Images Below:
French actor Antoine Martin plays the wine chateaus owner, Mr. Bizzu. When night falls the suit comes off and bloody tendencies break out! (Photo: KSA Photo)
Model Callie Roberts plays the role of Dr. Thomas, a fertility doctor that John and Samantha goes to. (Photo: KSA Photo)
Towering actor Jonathan Duncan Jones plays the part of Gimp. Gimp likes to hunt and here he is with a wild boar on this shoulders. The boar was real and Jonathan had a nightmare doing the scene, the boar was heavy and it kept dripping down on him. He was a trooper and took one for the team! (Photo: Jazz Bhalla)
John (Kim Sønderholm) and Samantha (Lucinda Rhodes) arrive at the winechateau after a heated discussion lasting from England to France. (photo: David Rowe)
Setting up a shot - Left to right: Art director Monika Adamczewska, director/writer/producer Gary Meyer, actors Andrea Catozzi Kim Sønderholm, Lucinda Rhodes, Antoine Martin, Kyle Calderwood and Edmund Digby-Jones. (photo: David Rowe)
One of many statues in the film sculptured by the director Gary Meyer. This one is the character "Gimp".
Kim Sønderholm undergoes makeup on the loin by makeup artist Ellie Yermakova. His character, John, is about to be revealed in having had an affair. Filmwife Lucinda Roberts who plays Samantha is overlooking the procedure. (Photo: David Rowe)
Special Thanks to Kim Sønderholm for submitting this information.