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2017 was quite the breakthrough year for Cosmo Jarvis and Barry Keoghan.

Jarvis the rugged, compelling love interest to Florence Pugh’s unforgiving ‘Lady Macbeth’, the William Oldroyd effort that scored four wins at the British Independent Film Awards. As for Keoghan, he was thrown into war by director Christopher Nolan in ‘Dunkirk’, whilst giving us a startling performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’.

Now they are set to work together in Nick Rowland’s feature-length directorial debut ‘Calm With Horses’, based on a novella made by Colin Barrett, from the collection of short stories titled ‘Young Skins’. Providing the script will be Joe Murtagh, also marking his debut.

The plot is rooted in rural Ireland, with a former boxer named Arm becoming an enforcer for a drug-dealing family, as he looks to do right by his five-year-old son who suffers with autism.

Backing the DMC/Film 4 project are Altitude Films, who have acquired the international rights alongside Element Pictures who will be handling the film’s UK and Ireland release.

Altitude’s Mike Runagall had this to say about the project:

‘Nick Rowland and Joseph Murtagh’s work has marked them out as exciting director and writer talent to watch and we are delighted to be working with them and our friends at DMC and Film4 to bring Calm With Horses to audiences worldwide’.

Production is set to begin on the film next month.