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First Look – Ruth Negga Seeks Refuge From a Violent Crime in ‘Iona’

First Look - Ruth Negga Seeks Refuge From a Violent Crime in 'Iona'

Ruth Negga stars in “Iona,” a film directed by Scott Graham, which made its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Scotland’s largest film festival, in May, as its closing night film. Described as “part coming-of-age story and part returning-home drama” the film follows the titular character (played by Negga) and her teenage son Bull, as they seek refuge from a violent crime on the island where she was born. Iona’s return exposes Bull to a way of life she rejected as a teenager and sends a shock wave through the family she left behind.
Shot entirely on location in Scotland, “Iona” also stars Tom Brooke, Michelle Duncan and newcomers Ben Gallagher and Sorcha Groundsell. 
Iona is produced by Margaret Matheson and co-produced by Gunter Hanfgarn.

The film is executive produced by Christopher Collins, Lizzie Francke, Ian Davies and Rebecca Long and is set for release in the UK later this year.

It will next screen at the San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26), where it will compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award, which includes a prize of $55,000. The New Directors section comprises of first or second feature films by international filmmakers.

Check out a pic from the film above, and below you’ll find footage from the film’s world premiere at Edinburgh, featuring red carpet chats with key cast and crew (including Negga), intercut with actual footage from the film, as a first-look, since there’s no trailer available yet.

Ruth Negga, the “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” actress, recently booked a co-starring role opposite Joel Edgerton, in a scripted adaptation of “The Loving Story,” playing the real-life interracial couple living in the state of Virginia where interracial coupling was illegal, and the landmark civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court, which declared Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute, unconstitutional. Negga also landed the female lead in AMC’s “Preacher” – an adaptation of the comic book series about a maverick clergyman in Texas. Upcoming, she’s in the big screen adaptation of the immensely popular video game “Warcraft,” which is currently being directed by Duncan Jones, and is set for a 2016 release.

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