Directed by Jeppe Rønde
Denmark, UK | 2015 | 104 min | thriller, drama | English

Bridgend follows Sara and her dad, Dave as they arrive to a small village in Bridgend County. The village is haunted by suicides amongst its young inhabitants, and Sara falls dangerously in love with one of the teenagers, Jamie while Dave as the town’s new policeman tries to stop the mysterious chain of suicides. The film is an uncompromising story focused on the relationship between vulnerable teenagers and their parents who are left in the dark.

The story of the film is based on a mysterious suicide cluster that took place in Bridgend County, a small former coal-mining province in Wales. Between December 2007 and january 2012 seventy-nine suicides were officially committed in the area. Most of the victims were teenagers, they hanged themselves and left no suicide notes. Danish documentary filmmaker Jeppe Rønde followed the teenagers from the area for six years and wrote the script based on their life stories. Bridgend is Rønde’s fiction film debut. It is entirely shot on location in Wales, with many of the local teenagers casted as actors.

Cast & Crew

Director: Jeppe Rønde
Screenplay: Jeppe Rønde, Torben Bech, Peter Asmussen
Cinematography: Magnus Nordenhof Jønck
Editing: Olivier Bugge Coutté
Cast: Hannah Murray, Steven Waddington, Josh O’Connor, Adrian Rawlins, Patricia Potter, Nia Roberts, Aled Thomas
Producers: Michel Schønnemann (Blenkov & Schønnemann Pictures), Malene Blenkov (Blenkov & Schønnemann Pictures)

  • Jeppe Rønde
    Jeppe Rønde

Festivals & Awards
Göteborg International Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Groningen International Film Festival
Cracow Off Camera International Film Festival
New York Tribeca Film Festival
Brussels Film Festival
Valletta Film Festival
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Odessa International Film Festival
Bogota Independent Film Festival
Espoo Cine
Athens International Film Festival
Bergen International Film Festival
Haifa International Film Festival
Philadelphia Film Festival
Braunschweig International Film Festival
Scanorama Film Festival
Cairo Film Festival
Gijon Film Festival
International Film Festival of Kerala
Bratislava Febiofest Film Festival

press quotes

Jeppe Rønde’s starkly involving dramatization feels like a Joy Division dirge come to life.
Time Out NY

The movie could have played the story for cheap creeps, Ronde instead puts a sharp focus on how its heroine’s natural adolescent confusion, romanticism and sadness are magnified by the continuing loss of her peers — a viewpoint that doesn’t make the story any less unsettling.
Rolling Stone

This is ripped-from-the-headlines cinema reformulated as real-world horror film, with a shivery stylistic nod to the crime drama of Ronde’s homeland.

 Bridgend is (…) indulgently moody, and sits alongside productions like Jamie Dead or the Twilight franchise. (…) Rønde adds a distinctly Nordic noir feel.

Jeppe Rønde

Jeppe Rønde, born in 1973, is one of the most recognized, award-winning Danish filmmakers. Since graduating from the University of Copenhagen in 2002, he has directed short fiction films, feature documentaries and commercials.

His debut feature documentary work JERUSALEM MY LOVE won countless international prizes including Nordisk Panorama, Taiwan IFF and Dok Leipzig FF (Golden Dove).His second feature film THE SWENKAS won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs 2005, Best Documentary at CPH:DOX and was nominated for European Film Academy Awards (2005). During last few years he won several ‘Roberts’ (Danish equivalent of the Oscars) for his TV and feature documentary work.

Rønde has now completed the feature film, BRIDGEND, shot on location in Wales, which world premiered in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015.

2015 Bridgend, fiction feature debut
2013 Girl in the Water, short fiction film
2004 The Swenkas, feature documentary
2003 Jerusalem My Love, feature documentary
2001 Son, short documentary