FRANCIS LEE Writer / Director

Francis was brought up on the Yorkshire Pennine Hills, UK. After training at Rose Bruford College he worked extensively as an actor in theatre, television and film including Topsy-Turvy, Me Without You, The Young Americans and Clapham Junction.

God’s Own Country is Francis’ first feature film project and received funding from BFI and Creative England. God’s Own Country premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2017 where Francis was awarded the World Cinema Dramatic Jury Award for Directing. The film had its European premiere at Berlin International Film Festival 2017 where Francis was awarded the Männer Readers Jury Award at the Teddy Awards for best film.

Francis wrote his first short film, Bantam in 2010, which was commissioned and funded by North West Vision and the UK Film Council. The Farmer’s Wife, Francis’ 2012 directorial debut, premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival and went on to screen at many international film festivals, winning several awards including best film and best screenplay. His second film Bradford-Halifax-London (2013) extensively toured the international film festival circuit including Slamdance Film Festival, Encounters and BFI London Film Festival receiving numerous awards for best film, best screenplay and best actor. His third film The Last Smallholder (2014), a meditative documentary about the last working farmer on a Yorkshire hillside (and Francis’ father), has screened at many international film festivals including Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Palm Springs International Film Festival.


JOSH O’CONNOR, John Saxby

Josh trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Josh made his feature debut in 2014 playing the role of Ed in Lone Scherfigs film, The Riot Club. Since then he has worked with Stephen Frears on two occasions, both in The Program and Florence Foster Jenkins. He starred in Edinburgh Film Festival winner Hide and Seek and in Jeppe Rønde’s 2015 Festival favourite Bridge End. He is best known in the UK from his performances as James in Peaky Blinders and currently the literary hero Lawrence Durrell in ITV’s hugely successful The Durrells.

In 2016 Josh was named a Screen International Star of Tomorrow.


ALEC SECAREANU, Gheorghe Ionescu

A graduate of the Romanian University for Theatre and Film, Alec made his first appearance in a series of shorts in 2007. While he continued to also play in independent theatre, he debuted in 2008 in a successful TV series and in 2011 in his first movie.

God’s Own Country is Alec’s first English language film role.


Key Creatives

Writer & Director Francis Lee
Cast Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Ian Hart, Gemma Jones
Producers Manon Ardisson, Jack Tarling
Executive Producers Anna Duffield, Diarmid Scrimshaw
Director of Photography Joshua James Richards
Editor Chris Wyatt
Music A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works long hours on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking and casual sex.

But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship starts to form which could change Johnny’s life forever.