Directed by Justin John Doherty
Influenced by the character driven style of John Cassavetes’ films, Wilderness introduces viewers to John, a touring jazz musician who has never met a woman like Alice. That’s because there aren’t many women like Alice. Their love is urgent and physical and they have made heady declarations of devotion to each other. Blowing out of the city like a whirlwind in the night, Alice and John flee to the coast. However, over the course of this romantic weekend getaway, they come into contact with strangers and friends and the bubble threatens to burst as they discover the vulnerabilities, flaws and manipulations that were previously masked by the blissful waves of new love.
Justin John Doherty is a UK based film maker and photographer. ‘Wilderness’ is his first feature film, and a long overdue one, following over 15 years working in the industry in many forms.
He has been a freelance director and producer for commercial work since the age of 20, and honed his skills more specifically as an editor on a series of documentaries for television (Al Jazeera, BBC) between 2010-2014.
His last narrative film, a short called ‘It’s Natural To Be Afraid’, played at 27 festivals, winning 7 awards.
He was fully immersed in the film festival world since as a festival maker, co-founding the Filmstock International Film Festival, which ran 2000-2009 in the UK and Hungary. He still keeps his hand in on the film festival scene, as a member of the jury at Indie Memphis Film Festival in the USA.
His alter-ego runs a clandestine little jazz and blues club in the heart of his hometown, where many of the jazz artists who feature on the soundtrack of ‘Wilderness’ have played.
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