BFI NETWORK SW Funded Project: Hard, Cracked The Wind Dir. Mark Jenkin

BFI NETWORK South West are thrilled to be supporting director Mark Jenkin’s new short film Hard, Cracked The Wind.



Hard, Cracked The Wind is a dark drama of poetry and the power of voices from beyond the grave. A young Cornish poet is compelled to buy an old writing case, curiously engraved with her own initials. Opening the case and reading the faint traces of a poem on the paper within calls the previous owner back from the shadows.  Haunted into completing a poem from the words she finds, the poet becomes broken and finally succumbs to the endless cycle of creation and death as the case and the curse travel through time, owner to owner.

Producer Linn Waite on the process of making Hard, Cracked The Wind…


Working with BFI NETWORK & Film Hub South West on Hard, Cracked the Wind has been great. The hub balances valuable assistance where needed with creative freedom and trust. Shaping the festival strategy for the film has drawn on our regional executive’s expertise, vision and understanding helping us as producers to have an ambitious reach for the film. Completing this short film with BFI NETWORK as a partner has enabled our team to explore different ways of working together and their encouragement and support is invaluable. We are excited to show it to the world.”


Director: Mark Jenkin


Mark Jenkin is a filmmaker based in West Cornwall. His latest film BAIT (“The real thing – hypnotically strange” Peter Bradshaw) produced by Early Day Films, premiered at the Berlinale 2019 and is set to be released theatrically by the BFI. Other recent films include the mid-length BRONCO’S HOUSE (“A visually stunning and formally adventurous swirl of pure cinema” Mark Kermode) and British Council promoted short films DAVID BOWIE IS DEAD (“A psychogeographical reminisce and celluloidic memory drift of the highest order” Andrew Kötting) and VERTICAL SHAPES IN A HORIZONTAL LANDSCAPE (BFI London Film Festival, Oberhausen, Aesthetica, Edinburgh International Film Festival). He recently shot a short horror entitled HARD, CRACKED THE WIND and his next feature ENYS MEN will be another genre outing. He is also developing a screenplay (having won The Nick Darke Award for Writing in 2014) concerning the life of primitive St. Ives painter (and great, great, great grandfather) Alfred Wallis. He is an associate of Falmouth University where he lectures Film, is the author of the Silent Landscape Dancing Grain 13 Film Manifesto (promoting the aesthetic and logistic possibilities of handmade film) and is a member of The Newlyn Society of Artists.


Writer: Adrian Bailey 


Adrian’s love affair with cinema began as a child, watching films in the cinema his mother worked in. 

He began writing alongside a first career in social-housing then becoming full time with commissioned TV projects & a showcase of new work at Ch4 Sit.Com Festival.

Adrian now has several feature screenplays in financed development with Early Day Films alongside other work for TV outlines and series development. 

Alongside his own work he also mentors young writers who have gone on to receive Michael Grandage, Peggy Ramsey and Papatango awards and win a place on the prestigious OldVic12scheme.


Producers/ Early Day Films: Kate Byers & Linn Waite


Kate and Linn founded their production company Early Day Films together. BAFTA award winning producers, the pair brought together the finance for their debut feature BAIT, with writer director Mark Jenkin, to shoot exclusively in Cornwall in Autumn 2017. While this was in post, they completed a short film Hard, Cracked The Wind, also shot with Mark paired with genre writing from Adrian Bailey.

As producers they are hands-on with all aspects of filmmaking from the seeds of an idea to marketing.  Kate & Linn collaborated with Mark on previous short films The Road to Zennor (Best Experimental Film, London Short Film Festival in 2017) Dear Marianne, The Essential Cornishman, Tomato, David Bowie is Dead andvVertical Shapes in a Horizontal Landscape (BFI London Film Festival, Oberhausen, Aesthetica, Edinburgh International Film Festival).

Early Day Films has an active development slate of features with writers and directors.


Producer: Denzil Monk


Denzil Monk inhabits the ancient cliffs and moors of West Cornwall, often exhibiting film production behaviour. A social entrepreneur and accidental academic, his current obsession is the application of doughnut economic theory and distributed ledger technology in the design of non-linear, pluralist, minority language public service media.



Hard, Cracked the Wind is a BFI NETWORK South West funded Short Film. Find out about our Short Film Funding here.

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