‘The Strain’s’ Ruta Gedmintas Leads Jane Linfoot’s ‘The Incident’

BAFTA-nommed filmmaker tackles 'emotionally haunting piece'

'The Strain's' Ruta Gedmintas Leads Jane
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LONDON — Principal photography has started on “The Incident,” a character-driven psychological drama, starring Ruta Gedmintas, who appears in FX’s new horror drama “The Strain.”

Shooting will take place on location in Yorkshire, Northern England, for four weeks.

“The Incident,” which is a working title, is the debut feature from BAFTA-nominated writer/director Jane Linfoot (“Sea View”). It also stars Tom Hughes (“Cemetery Junction”) and upcoming actress Tasha Connor (“X Plus Y”).

The film is produced by Caroline Cooper Charles (“Hush,” “Bunny and the Bull,” “All Tomorrow’s Parties”) and Sarada McDermott (“Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie,” “Tyrannosaur,” “The Swimmer”). The film is backed by BFI Film Fund with Creativity Capital, and is a Universal Spirits and Square Circle Films production.

A metropolitan couple, Annabel (Gedmintas) and Joe (Hughes) cross paths with Lily (Connor), a troubled, vulnerable teen. Annabel and Joe’s decision to ignore Lily’s plight provokes an unsettling incident that disrupts the couple’s comfortable lives, forcing them to confront their shared guilt.

Linfoot said: “ ‘The Incident’ aims to be an emotionally haunting piece that asks some challenging questions of its characters and audience, reminding us that we have a moral obligation to protect all children who are vulnerable, not just our own.”

Linfoot has written and directed several acclaimed short films, including “Youth” (2007), nominated for best British short at the Edinburgh Film Festival; “On Your Own” (2010), nominated for the UKFC Award at the London Intl. Short Film Festival; and “Sea View” (2013), made under the BFI shorts scheme, and nominated for a BAFTA for best British short film 2014, and winner of best British short at the Leeds Intl. Film Festival.

English actress Gedmintas is in FX’s new horror drama “The Strain,” created by Guillermo del Toro, and based on the book trilogy of the same name by Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Ruta’s previous film credits include “Prowl,” “The Lost Samaritan” and “Miss Conception.” Her TV credits include “The Tudors,” “Spooks: Code 9” and “The Borgias.”

U.K.-born Hughes has appeared in films including “About Time,” “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,” and as the character Bruce Pearson in “Cemetery Junction,” for which he received a British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer nomination in 2010.

His TV credits include the spy thriller “The Game,” the BBC adaptation of “The Lady Vanishes,” Stephen Poliakoff’s “Dancing on the Edge,” David Hare’s thriller “Page Eight,” and legal drama “Silk.”

Connor has previously appeared in the feature “When the Lights Went Out,” and in the BAFTA-award winning TV series “In the Flesh.” Connor has recently finished filming the feature “X Plus Y,” alongside Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan.