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Winter Ridge

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Winter Ridge is a 2018 psychological thriller directed by Dom Lenoir, written by Ross Owen Williams, and starring Matt Hookings, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Michael McKell, Hannah Waddingham and Alan Ford. Filming took place over 17 days[1] around Lynton and Lynmouth in north Devon, England.[2] Several scenes were shot at Petroc College, allowing local performing arts students an opportunity to be involved in filming.[3]

The film won a number of awards at independent film festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Best Foreign Film at the Hollywood Florida Film Festival,[4] and Best UK Feature and Best British Film at the London Independent Film Festival. Early reviews were positive, with Big Film Picture Club noting it is "a film that has some traditional elements of a British police procedural drama, but with elements of contemporary American crime thrillers thrown in for good measure," before concluding, "If you like crime thrillers, this film is for you".[5]

The central plot revolves around a young detective, Ryan Barnes (Hookings), dealing with the personal tragedy of his wife being coma-ridden whilst attempting to track down a serial killer who appears to be specifically targeting the vulnerable and elderly.[5] As of June 2018, the film's distributor, Phoenix Worldwide Entertainment, had secured three international territory deals, to North America, Italy and China.[6]

Main Cast[edit]

  • Matt Hookings as Ryan Barnes
  • Olwen Catherine Kelly as Jessica
  • Hannah Waddingham as Joanne Hill
  • Michael McKell as John Faulkner
  • Justin McDonald as Tom Harris
  • Alan Ford as Dale Jacobs
  • Ian Pirie as Mike Evans


Award Category Result
Hollywood Florida Film Festival Best Actor (Matt Hookings) Won
Hollywood Florida Film Festival Best Foreign Film Won
London Independent Film Festival Best UK Feature Won
London Independent Film Festival Best Low Budget Film Won
London Independent Film Festival Best No-Budget Feature Won
London Independent Film Festival Best British Film Won
The Monthly Film Festival Best Feature Film Nominated
WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival Best Feature Won


  1. Winter Ridge (2018), retrieved 2018-06-27
  2. Gussin, Tony. "Crime thriller shot at Lynton and Lynmouth". North Devon Gazette. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  3. "Petroc used as set for new psychological thriller film". Petroc College. 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  4. "Winter Ridge | Film shot in Lynton and Lynmouth scoops award in Miami - D&CFilm". D&CFilm. 2018-04-19. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Review: Winter Ridge (Spoiler Free)". Big Picture Film Club.
  6. "UK thriller 'Winter Ridge' sells to North America, China, Italy (exclusive)". Screen. Retrieved 2018-06-27.

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