The filming of Laura Carreira’s upcoming film ‘Downtrodden’ is set to begin in Scotland in October. The plot and main cast of the film are currently under wraps. However, the producers of the movie recently posted a casting call for artists in Scotland to play supporting characters in the film, announcing that the shooting will take place in October and November.
Scotland’s diverse and scenic landscapes, historic and cultural sites, and well-established production facilities make the country an ideal location for filming. That is why it has hosted the filming of several major television shows including ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Succession,’ ‘Good Omens’, and ‘The Crown.’ Movies like ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ ‘No Time to Die,’ ‘Transformers: The Last Knight,’ ‘F9: The Fast Saga, ‘World War Z,’ and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ were also filmed in the country.
‘Downtrodden’ marks the feature film directorial debut of Carreira. The Portuguese filmmaker has previously written and directed a few short films, winning several accolades. In 2022, Screen International magazine named her one of the Risings Stars in Scotland. Carreira’s first short film ‘Red Hill’ follows “Jim, an isolated ex-miner who works as a night-shift security guard faces his last day at work before retirement.” The film won the New Visions Award at the 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival and received a nomination for the Best Short Film award at the 2019 BAFTA Scotland Awards.
In 2020, Carreira created her second short film, ‘The Shift,’ which premiered at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival. The film revolves around “an agency worker who is forced to make her ultimate sacrifice after her shift is canceled unexpectedly.” ‘The Shift’ went on to receive nominations at the European Film Awards and the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.
‘Downtrodden’ is being produced by Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, and Jack Thomas-O’Brien under the banner of Sixteen Films, in association with BRO Cinema and BBC Films. Sixteen Films has previously produced acclaimed films like ‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley,’ ‘The Angels’ Share,’ ‘Looking for Eic,’ ‘I, Daniel Blake,’ and ‘Sorry We Missed You.’