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Mystery drama Bridgend on dual format Blu-ray and DVD in July

27 June 2017

Starring Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones) and Josh O'Connor (God's Own Country), Bridgend is a haunting mystery drama inspired by true events.

Sara and her father Dave (Steven Waddington – The Imitation Game) move to a small town in Bridgend, South Wales, which has witnessed a series of unexplained suicides amongst its young inhabitants. While Dave, as the town's new police officer, investigates the deaths, Sara befriends a group of local teenagers who frequently gather in woodland to honour their friends that have gone. As her bond with the group deepens, Sara begins a dangerous love affair with Jamie, taking her towards the centre of the very investigation her father is leading.

Director's Statement from Jeppe Rønde:

"Eight years ago I read an article about the Bridgend suicides. I decided to go there to find out what was happening, and since then I have been there more times than I can count. I have become friends with a number of the locals. Some are still alive while others have died. They are without doubt some of the nicest people I have met and are not that different from the rest of us. So why do they do it? Why do so many of them choose to hang themselves?

"Through the years I have gathered their stories and slowly built a script around them. I have explored their personal and interpersonal stories. I have looked into the collective subconscious that seems to thrive so well in Bridgend. I have found that often there is an absence of “I” – it’s replaced by “We” just like in war and religion. Maybe the young are more or less subconsciously at war with the world around them, maybe with themselves. Maybe we all have that in us. War. Maybe that’s our nature. Maybe this war makes us lose faith in each other, in God and in ourselves.

"In Bridgend I found graffiti that read: ‘Go hang yourself if you think you’re hard enough’, and chat rooms that celebrated the dead. How could anyone ever explain that? How could I? How could I possibly make a film that would find meaning in what cannot be explained and at its core doesn’t make sense?

"In Bridgend, the brave call it death. The frightened call it life. And even though it defies rationalization or even understanding, I had to try to describe it the only way I can, in the language of cinema."

Bridgend dual format cover

Described by Eye for Film as "a superb piece of work," and Den of Geek as "a film which gets into the mindset of a group of isolated teenagers without judging their actions or attempting to offer easy, comfortable answers," Bridgend will be released on UK Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) on 24 July 2017 by AX1 Films at the RRP of £22.99.

No special features have been listed in the press release.