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Darlin’ – Pollyanna McIntosh makes her directorial debut with a sequel to The Woman

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Pollyanna McIntosh (The Walking Dead) has made her directorial debut with Darlin’. This is a sequel to Lucky McKee’s 2011 film The Woman in which McIntosh played the lead role. The Woman was itself a sequel to a film called Offspring.

Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns, where she’s to be rehabilitated into a “good girl” as an example of the miraculous work of the church. But Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the “sins” she is threatened with, and she is not travelling alone. The Woman who raised her, equally fierce and feral, is ever present in the shadows of Darlin’s psyche and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to get in her way.

THR is reporting that the film will make its market debut in Cannes.

McIntosh reprises her role in Darlin’, appearing alongside Lauryn Canny (1,000 Times Good Night, Amber), Bryan Batt (Mad Men, 12 Years a Slave), Nora-Jane Noone (The Magdalene Sisters, The Descent, Brooklyn) and Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead, Shazam, Halt and Catch Fire), Sabrina Gennarino and Thomas Francis Murphy.

“I’m thrilled to present Darlin’ at a time when audiences are showing their love for entertaining, visceral social issue horror and are hungry for female voices,” said McIntosh. “With Darlin’ I was blessed with a talented cast and crew, including our female leads, DP, location scout and editor, who all came to the project with such passion. It will be an honor to show their hard work, which made the movie the feast it is, and to introduce the enormous talent of young star Lauryn Canny to new audiences.”

The film is a Hood River Entertainment production with Andrew van den Houten producing and McKee and Ketchum as executive producers.

Van den Houten said, “When I first directed Pollyanna as The Woman in the Ketchum-adapted Offspring, which I also produced, I knew we had found lightning in a bottle with her. So began the dream of a trilogy for the character to live through. I’m honored that The Woman herself, Pollyanna McIntosh, is the one who has written, directed and co-starred in this third chapter. Seeing this talented collaborator take the reins with so much confidence and vision has been a personal and professional joy.”

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