On September 7th, New Era will release director Kate Whitbread’s supernatural thriller Witches of Blackwood on DVD and premium TVOD, with a full digital release to follow. The film, which was shot in 2018 under the title The Unlit, is an independent Australian production, so it’s great to hear it’s gotten a distribution deal. Claire is played by Cassandra Magrath of Wolf Creek.
who, following the death of her mother, returns to her hometown to discover it riddled with witchcraft and overshadowed by a mysterious darkness, steeped in rumours of a soul-stealing entity. As she seeks the truth behind her mother’s death, a confrontation with a coven of witches is the only way to survive.
Another synopsis reveals more information about Magrath’s character Claire Nash, revealing that she is
a cop who is forced to go on leave after the suicide of a teenager in which she is implicated. When she receives news of her father’s death she returns to her hometown in the country, a place which is in the grip of fear and decay while the locals report seeing a shadow seeking blood. Claire uncovers the shocking facts surrounding the death of her father from her uncle Cliff (John Voce), the former head doctor at a now-abandoned asylum. She sets out to try to convince him to return to the asylum where her late mother Sarah (Francesca Walters) was committed.
Whitbread collaborated with Darren Markey on the storey. She told if.com.au that she wanted to make a film about fate and witchcraft because it was something she was interested in.
Australia is yet to produce a quality witch story and what is more pagan and cinematic than witches? The film also explores the complex relationship between mothers and daughters and how these relationships help define us. Claire is from a long line of witches, with the film exploring what happens when she is called back to take up her rightful place, highlighting the universal need for identity, which is often found by returning home.”
The Witches of Blackwood trailer can be seen in the embedded video above, and some artwork can be seen below. If you like what you see, the film will be available on DVD and TVOD in a few weeks.