o-region has been dedicated to independent film production since the company's inception in 2002.
We specialise in innovative low and micro-budget film production – using our contacts with Falmouth University and the Cornish creative sector (in particular the theatre industry) to produce high quality, feature-length, narrative dramas which surpass their budget levels.
We work both in co-production and as sole producers dependent on the genesis of each project. We are drawn to narratives which explore the intersection between comedy and drama, aiming to produce human stories which connect, surprise and entertain.
To date our focus has been strongly on feature length production, but our future slate also incorporates short-form dramas.
Long Way Back (coming soon)
2021, 92 minutes, written & directed by Brett Harvey
2016, 76 mins, written & directed by Brett Harvey
Michael and Pete have been best mates for over 35 years. Michael is about to get married. He doesn’t want a traditional ‘stag do’ and instead opts for a quiet weekend camping on the wilds of Bodmin Moor. Pete, however, has other ideas. After an unexpectedly debauched first night the two men find themselves disorientated and lost. As they attempt to get back to civilization they find themselves in an increasingly desperate battle with the barren terrain, unforgiving environment and… each other.
A comedy drama about friendship against the odds, that shows one of Cornwall’s most stunning areas in all its brutal majesty.
With Brown Willy we experimented with a Self Finance / Distribution model. The film was shot and produced on a micro budget of £15,000.
Upon its release in 2016 the film went on to BROWN WILLY had an unprecedented Independent southwest cinema release - playing for six weeks at Cornish cinema chain, WTW (Truro, Newquay, Wadebridge and St Austell) and independent cinemas Newlyn Filmhouse and The Poly (Falmouth).
Further screenings took place in independent cinemas in Exeter, Warwick, Leeds, Bristol (The Watershed), Torrington and London (Clapham Picture House).
The film was screened internationally at independent film festivals including Maryland International Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival and Indie Hype Festival. In the summer of 2016, the film broke into the UK’s Top Fifty Box Office.
The film was released on DVD / VOD in 2017 and is available to buy here from www.brettharvey.co.uk
The film was released in the USA by Meridian Releasing in March 2019.
‘Cornwall’s Answer to Withnail and I ‘ – Ryan Gilbey, The New Statesman
‘A Voyage of Existential Contemplation and Uproarious Comedy’ - Lorenzo Lombardi, UK Film Review
Buy the Brown Willy DVD
Behind The Scenes
£5 + P&P
2011, 75 mins, written & directed by Brett Harvey
Karen Campbell has brought her husband Duncan away for a 'quiet weekend', a chance to communicate and rebuild their fractured marriage. Duncan plays along but seems distant. During their first night they're taken hostage by Kevin and Gary, estranged brothers desperate for money who thought the house was empty. Gaffer taped back to back the Campbell's marriage is pushed to the limit while the brothers can't stop bickering long enough to get the job done. As the weekend draws on the stakes are raised as secrets are revealed and body parts lost.
The film premiered at the 2011 Cornwall Film Festival – where it won The Golden Chough Award and went on to screen at the London Comedy Film Festival, the London UK Film Focus, Cannes in A Van and the Berlin International Film Festival.
The film won Best Director at the 2012 London Independent Film Festival and the Best Film at the 2013 Bootleg Film Film Festival (Edinburgh)
‘A truly glorious mix of drama and comedy reminiscent of a playful Shane Meadows in tone’ - Little White Lies
‘A darkly coming twist on the domestic hostage situation’
- Empire Online
Buy the Weekend Retreat DVD
Packed full of special features including:
Blood and Gaffer tape (Making of)
Extended Flambards Sequence
£1.50 + P&P
The Midnight Drives
2007, written and directed by Mark Jenkin
o-region in co-production with Midnight Films
The film, a drama about a Father coming to Cornwall to share an out of season holiday with his estranged children was produced by o-region’s Simon Harvey. Funded by Cornwall Film (in conjunction) with Southwest Screen. The film played in competition at the 2007 Dinard British Festival Du Brittanique and went on to screen at the London UK Film Focus, the Cornwall Film Festival and the Celtic Media Festival. The film also had a series of sold out screenings at WTW Cinemas (Cornwall) and an eighteen month run of screenings at rural venues through the Carn to Cove scheme.
‘A moving film about parentage with an exceptional performance from Colin Holt at its centre’
- Derek Malcolm, The Evening Standard.
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