BRIDGEND follows Sara and her dad, Dave as they arrive to a small village in Bridgend County. The village is haunted by suicides amongst its young inhabitants, and Sara falls dangerously in love with one of the teenagers, Jamie while Dave as the town’s new policeman tries to stop the mysterious chain of suicides. The film is an uncompromising story focused on the relationship between vulnerable teenagers and their parents who are left in the dark.
The story of the film is based on a mysterious suicide cluster that took place in Bridgend County, a small former coal-mining province in Wales. Between December 2007 and january 2012 seventy-nine suicides were officially committed in the area. Most of the victims were teenagers, they hanged themselves and left no suicide notes. Danish documentary filmmaker Jeppe Rønde followed the teenagers from the area for six years and wrote the script based on their life stories. BRIDGEND is Rønde’s fiction film debut. It is entirely shot on location in Wales, with many of the local teenagers casted as actors.
"A studied look at the Bridgend suicide incidents, capturing the intoxicating effects of cults and Wales' beauty perfectly." —Cineuropa
“Hannah Murray is excellent! This is ripped-from-the-headlines cinema reformulated as real-world horror film, with a shivery stylistic nod to the crime drama of Rønde’s homeland.” —Variety
"Haunting! Murray’s Tribeca win for Best Actress is well deserved. A provocative film that eventually blazes to a searing finish.” —The Playlist
“15 Must-See Movies at Tribeca Film Festival 2015. While the movie could have played the story for cheap creeps, Rønde instead puts a sharp focus on how its heroine’s natural adolescent confusion, romanticism and sadness are magnified by the continuing loss of her peers.” —Rolling Stone
"4 STARS! A compelling film that should not be missed.” —Blogcritics.com
“Throughout, Rønde’s visuals are intense and exhilarating.” —Screendaily
"An intimate look at an ongoing tragedy." —Film School Rejects