Jack Reynor's "Bainne" is a supernatural short based in the time of the Irish famine.
As Ireland's Jack Reynor continues to terrify moviegoers in recent release "Midsommar," the "Transformers" actor has created a new short film of his own entitled "Bainne," while means "milk" in Irish.
The supernatural short is believed to be set in the last days of the Great Hunger in Ireland, focusing on the story of a farmhand who encounters an otherworldly figure as he attempts to come to terms with the death of his child.
Reynor was lucky enough to recruit his Midsommar co-star Will Poulter to played the lead.
“It is a folk tale, which I read in a book by Lafcadio Hearn, an Irish author who lived in Japan,” Reynor told Entertainment Weekly.
“You might know Kwaidan, the 1964 film by Masaki Kobayashi, and that film is based on a couple of stories from Lafcadio Hearne’s book of the same name. I came across some of his essays, and in one of his essays I found just a really short folktale, that’s just one paragraph, and it’s essentially the bones of the story that you see in the short. I got writing on it, pulled it together last year, and was lucky enough to have Will Poulter come over [to Ireland] and play the lead role.
“Will plays a nameless man who’s suffering through the later stages of the famine,” Reynor continued.
“He works at a big colonial house out in the country, he’s one of the people who’s been lucky enough to keep his position as a farm hand. He’s toiling away to try and keep his wife alive after they’ve lost their child and he encounters this mysterious figure.
“I’ve been really lucky throughout my whole career to have worked with great directors and people who have different strengths in different areas,” Reynor added.
“I’ve interrogated all of them — to the point where they wanted to f—ing kill me — about their creative vision. I’ve learned from everybody.”
"Bainne" is premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland, July 13, with plans to bring the short to America in the next year.
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