Shepka Productions, the independent film production company, has announced an exciting new collaboration with writer and producer Tom Jolliffe, for their upcoming film project entitled “The Baby in the Basket.” The Gothic horror tale is set in the 1940s and will be directed by Nathan Shepka, from a script by Tom Jolliffe. The film is set to star several up and coming British actresses, including Amber Doig-Thorne, Michaela Longden, Elle O’Hara, and Chrissie Wunna. Shooting is set to take place in Scotland in the fall of 2023, with a release date expected sometime in late 2024.
The film is set in 1942, where a baby is left on the steps of an isolated monastery on a remote island off the Scottish coast. The mysterious woman who left the child disappears into the stormy night without a trace. Discovering the baby, the nuns agree to take care of him until the storm passes, but after a night in their care, unsettling things begin to happen. One of the nuns, Sister Agnes, begins to suspect the baby is the son of the devil. Locked away by the other nuns, who believe Sister Agnes has been driven mad by the isolation, she is haunted by the presence of the child. Has Sister Agnes fallen victim to the desolation of the remote island setting, or is there weight in her suspicion?
Cast and Crew
The film is set to star several up and coming British actresses, including Amber Doig-Thorne, Michaela Longden, Elle O’Hara, and Chrissie Wunna, with more names to be announced in due course. The film will be directed by Nathan Shepka, from a script by Tom Jolliffe, based on a story conceived by Shepka and Jolliffe, who previously worked together on the critically acclaimed thriller, “When Darkness Falls.”
Excitement for the Project
“We’re really excited to be teaming up with up-and-coming writer/producer Tom Jolliffe and legendary movie website Flickering Myth for this project. We’ve got some great talent attached, and I know Amber, Elle, and Michaela will all give powerhouse performances. It’ll be a challenge bringing the concept to life, especially with the period setting, but the team are looking forward to getting stuck in, and I’m looking forward to creating an eerie, atmospheric horror throwback,” said Nathan Shepka, Producer, Shepka Productions.
“The horror genre has always been a huge favourite of ours at Flickering Myth, and so we are delighted to be working with Shepka Productions on this project. We’re incredibly excited by what Nathan and Tom are cooking up with The Baby in the Basket, and can’t wait to share more with our readers, and the wider horror community,” said Gary Collinson, Flickering Myth.
“This is a project that really harks back to a golden age of Gothic horror from the 1940s to 1970s. It’s a passion project that’s been exciting to write and a step away from the creature horrors I’ve done previously. Now, as a co-producer, I’m looking to have more creative control in what I can turn from script to screen,” said Tom Jolliffe, Producer.
If this sounds interesting to you then check out the kickstarter.