Hothouse watchers will know that we are big fans of the films of Steven Lyons and Merlyn Roberts who together make up Wyldewood Productions. As avid readers will remember Steven and Merlyn are working on Serurta (pronounced se-roo-ta), an epic tale of prehistoric Britain set 700 years before the Roman Conquest.
The Friac, one of Britain’s ancient tribes are being driven from their land by the furious onslaught of the Celts as they arrive from Europe armed with iron weapons, horses and a thirst for conquest.
The Friac’s last hope is Ontahil. No hero or warrior, Ontahil must face Serurta the greatest initiation of all. Ontahil must travel to the desolate mist-enshrouded island of the dead. Stalked by the cannibal Terai hunters, he must find the immortal Shaman Kalaree, to receive the blessing of the earth mother and begin his perilous descent into the underworld tobecome a warrior and win the favour of the gods. Only then will he be able to lead his people in the fight against the greatest enemy his people have ever faced.
Serurta is a tale of the Sun, the Moon, the Earth and mankind’s place in it all and now we have a brilliant new trailer to enjoy.
Serurta has an amazing team of both first time and experienced actors and highly passionate make-up artists, prop builders, musicians, VFX and conceptual artists and everybody has worked extremely hard to help bring Merlyn and Steven’s original story to life. Steven also multi tasked on directing, editing and camerawork while Merlyn produced, filled the art direction and assistant director roles and played Ontahil. Other cast members include Merlyn’s Seize the Night co-star Carey Thring, Josh Lawton, Dawn Holdbrook, Julia Cornish and Will Lord. Music and sound design is by Max Phillips; make-up FX and props by Olivia Whitaker; VFX by James McIvor; Logistics and production assistance by Lawrence Brightman and conceptual art by Fernando Amador.
Merlyn told the Hothouse: ‘So far it has been a challenging, but rewarding project to work on. ninety per cent of the film has been shot on location in forests or by the sea and the elements have been both cruel and kind to us’