October Eleven Pictures (‘A Christmas Carol’) have just completed post production on a new feature film that looks at a post-apocalyptic society where only children roam the world after a devastating virus has left all the adults dead.
Railway Children follows the fortunes of two teenage sisters Evie (Catherine Wrigglesworth) and Fran (Emily Forster) who have been travelling from town to town, gathering food and finding accommodation as they move from place to place. They keep to themselves; Evie reading chapters from E. Nesbit’s classic children’s story ‘The Railway Children’ to her little sister in an attempt to bring a sense of normality to their bleak existence – the novel was a favourite bedtime read as both girls were growing up; their mother (Jennifer Graham) their favourite reader.
Finding overnight shelter in a derelict building, the sisters soon settle down only to be awoken by shouts from another room. Investigating, Evie witnesses the beating of a girl. She watches in horror until the mob leaves the building and the girl behind. Tentatively going to her aid, the girl whom Evie discovers is called Alice (Justine Rodgers) leads them to a large building at the edge of the city from where they hear singing coming from a basement window. They investigate . . .
. . .so begins a battle of wills between newcomers and those holding tenuous threads of a commune civilisation together; add to this further invidious threats from two of the girls’ darker pasts and an already tense atmosphere is soon to explode into violence.
Writer/Director Jason Figgis (‘The Twilight Hour’, ‘A Christmas Carol’) workshopped the film with 40 teenage first-time screen actors for twelve months at Habemus Performing Arts School in Dundrum before embarking on the exciting but tough task of bringing this post-apocalyptic world to the screen.
After two well received screenings of the film for cast and crew at Light House Cinema in Dublin, the sci-fi chiller is now on the festival circuit. Its first stop will be the 3rd Underground Cinema Film Festival at Dun Laoghaire this September.