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Bypass on the Venice Horizon

Duane Hopkins’ second feature film Bypass will premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival, where it has been selected for the Horizons strand.


The contemporary drama is a morality tale of society's feared and forsaken, as Tim, a good kid and a criminal, struggles to keep his family alive at all costs. The film stars rising talent George McKay (For Those in Peril, How I Live Now) and Game of Thrones’ Donald Sumpter.

Produced by Wales’ Kate Crowther with Sam Haillay, Bypass follows writer-director Duane Hopkins’ critically-acclaimed debut Better Things, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. A truly European production, Bypass was co-funded by Ffilm Cymru Wales, the British Film Institute, the Torino Film Lab in Italy and Sweden’s Film I Väst.

Crowther comments: “I’m delighted to have been involved in this excellent and important film, by one of the UK’s most talented directors. Thanks to Ffilm Cymru Wales for supporting Severn Screen's involvement with the film.”

The Venice Film Festival will open on the 27th August with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, and will also feature the Al Pacino-starring Manglehorn. See the full line-up here.

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