Irish actor Sinéad Keenan (Doctor Who, Being Human) is to lead the cast of new British dystopian short film The Snatcher as Jennifer Petifer
She is joined by Jonathan Slinger as Grand Helpmann, sinister master of ceremonies of The Snatcher.
Production company Dusthouse has launched a new short film, The Snatcher. A dystopian cautionary tale set in a post-Brexit vision of the UK in the near future. A nation which has lurched towards authoritarianism as the economy collapses. The masses are placated by brutal gameshow The Snatcher, where a mix of the desperate and the greedy can gamble their possessions, their homes, and even their children in a series of challenges in the hopes of winning a better life.
Sinéad Keenan played Addams, the Vinvocci salvage captain in The End of Time. She’s also known for playing the werewolf Nina in three seasons of Being Human. And for her BAFTA-nominated role as Mel Jones in 2017’s Little Boy Blue. Keenan’s also known to Irish readers for her years as the Second Farrah Phelan on soap opera Fair City. In The Snatcher she takes on the part of Jennifer, the downtrodden matriarch of the Petifer clan, who finds herself struggling to bring her family through the gauntlet of the Snatcher game show in one piece.
Jonathon Slinger plays Grand Helpmann, the showman and host at the centre of the Snatcher TV show. Slinger is known for his work at the Royal Shakespeare Company and A Knight’s Tale.
Dusthouse aims to raise £30,000 to help fund production with a series of incentives for individual backers. More details on the production and fundraising can be found at the film’s official site. Progress updates can be found on Dusthouse’s official Twitter
Dusthouse and director Christopher McGill’s previous work includes Obsession starring Jude Law, Frozen starring Suranne Jones and A Christmas Carol starring Phil Davies.