Tom Hughes as Eric Black in the thriller ‘Shepherd’. Photo courtesy of Saban Films.
Acclaimed British actor Tom Hughes has spoken about his new horror film ‘Shepherd’, which will be released via Saban Films.
Saban Films will release the thriller/horror film in theaters on May 6, and on demand and digital on May 10, 2022.
Besides Hughes, the cast includes Kate Dickie (who plays Fisher), Gaia Weiss (who plays Rachel Black) and Emmy winner Greta Scacchi (who plays Glenys Black).
The film was written and directed by Russell Owen. It is about a young Scottish shepherd, following the death of his unfaithful wife, who struggles to maintain his own sanity when the past catches up with him. “It was fantastic working with Russell Owen,” he said.
“It was really good. We had an amazing but relatively small crew and we filmed it in crazy places. We had only met two to three weeks before we started filming, so the fact that we were able to start was unbelievable.
“I was very excited to be part of the film after reading the script,” he added.
The synopsis for “Shepherd” reads: Haunted by the recent death of his wife, widower Eric Black (Tom Hughes) seeks solitude as a shepherd on a remote Scottish island.
“Eric is a character going through an incredibly difficult time, and it was quite a challenge,” he admitted. “I was thrilled to be a part of it, that’s for sure.”
As the dark desolation of the ominous landscape and the terrifying visions begin to overwhelm him, Eric is driven to the brink of madness.
The official trailer for “Shepherd” can be seen below.
Hughes enjoyed playing Eric because it afforded him the privilege of being with Baxter, the dog. “That was probably the best thing,” he said.
An English actor, Hughes is known for his role as Prince Albert in the British drama ‘Victoria’ and for playing Joe Lambe in the BBC drama ‘The Game’. “Victoria was amazing,” he exclaimed. “It’s been a while now. It was naughty and a great experience.
On the title of the current chapter of his life, he said “Haribo in a bowl”.
Motivations as an actor
Regarding his day-to-day motivations as an actor, he said, “I want to learn and I want to improve. I watched ‘Shepherd’ back and there were so many things I wish I had done differently. J try to tell stories that make them more accessible to the public and that can challenge an audience.
“I love putting myself in situations I’ve never been in before and I love challenging myself with people who are going to make me better. The desire to keep improving is what keeps me going” , he explained.
The digital age
As an actor in the digital age, Hughes said, “It’s interesting. I still sometimes think it’s the 1960s. I’d rather make a phone call than drop a text.
“Being an actor at any age is just naughty, which is what I wanted to do. I feel very lucky to do that,” he said.
Advice to hopefuls
For young and aspiring actors, he said, “It’s tough. I feel like I’m still learning so much. It’s important to be who you are when you’re not playing the character. It’s really important to have a world you can come back to that feels like you. You have to be yourself at times. This is the most important thing I learned for sure.
Hughes has named Oscar winner Gary Oldman as his dream acting partner in the entertainment business. “I’m a huge Gary Oldman fan,” he said.
If he wasn’t an actor, he shared that he would play guitar. “I’ve been playing guitar since I was five,” he said.
When asked what superpower he would have, given the chance, he replied, “It must be amazing to fly.”