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Sean Bean & Mark Stanley Runoff Towards Clio Barnard’s “Dark River”

Potentially taking on his most significant film in recent “memory”, Deadline reports that Sean Bean and up-and-coming actor Mark Stanley (Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner) are in talks to join Clio Barnard’s Dark River. Actress Ruth Wilson is already signed on. Production begins in Yorkshire this summer.

Gist: Adapted from Rose Tremain novel Trespass, this is about someone in their 60s who, as a teenager, was abused within their family.

Worth Noting: Better informing her screenplay, Barnard spent a year meeting psychologists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists investigating memory, perception, hallucination and the impact of trauma.

Do We Care?: Plenty of creative upside to this production with Barnard stating “part of what has been fascinating about those conversations is that scientists use the term ‘flashback’, which comes from film – so art is informing science and science is informing art.” Here is an interview with the book author.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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