o-region’s second full-length feature film, Weekend Retreat is a low-budget Cornish black comedy written and directed by Brett Harvey, produced by Denzil Monk and Simon Harvey.
Produced in partnership with the Feast funding programme and supplemented by a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the film stars Esther Hall (Rome, Waking The Dead, Spooks) Dominic Coleman (Psychoville, Special People, Clubbed) and Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy, The Football Factory, Dean Spanley).
It has screened at a number of high-profile film festivals and won a range of prestigious awards.
Winner – Golden Chough Award, Cornwall Film Festival 2011
Winner – Best Writer/Director, London Independent Film Festival 2012
Winner – Best Feature Film, Bootleg Film Festival 2013
Winner – Best Female Actor in a Feature Film, Bootleg Film Festival 2013
“Weekend Retreat is a brilliant piece of writing brought to life by a fine cast and topped off with a great soundtrack. Mad, bad and wildly funny…”
– Sheila Vanloo, Radio St Austell Bay
“Reminiscent of a playful Shane Meadows in tone”
– Declan Tan, Little White Lies
“A darkly comic twist on the domestic hostage situation… adds momentum to the Cornish new wave”
– David Parkinson, Empire Online
Karen and Duncan Campbell are stuck in a loveless marriage. Trying in vain to patch up their fractured relationship, they escape for the weekend in a picturesque house in the beautiful Cornish countryside.
Kevin and Gary Tregidger are estranged stepbrothers brought together by a family tragedy. Destitute, desperate and at their lucks end they hatch a plan to change their fortunes by burgling a large isolated house in the deserted Cornish countryside.
There’s just one snag: it’s the same house.
As the weekend draws on, the Campbells find themselves held hostage and the Tregidgers get increasingly out of their depth. The stakes are raised as secrets are revealed, relationships are pushed to breaking point and body parts are lost.