Feral Children Attack in Scottish ‘Citadel’

Bloody Disgusting was informaed that Citadel has officially begun shooting in sub-zero temperatures in Scotland with rising star Aneurin Barnard in his first leading role alongside the legendary James Cosmo.

The Irish/UK co-production is directed by hot new writer-director Ciarán Foy. The film features Aneurin Barnard (Ironclad, Hunky Dory, Guinea Pigs) in the lead role of Tommy, alongside Scotland’s finest, James Cosmo (Braveheart, Troy, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Runway) in the role of The Priest, and Wunmi Mosuka (I am Slave, One Night in Emergency) as Marie. Co-stars include Ingrid Craigie and Amy Shiels.

Citadel is pure terror. Packs of twisted feral children prowl the dark urban landscape of Edenstown, the council estate from Hell. Concealed beneath hooded tops, they attack innocent adults with septic syringes to harvest their blood and abduct small children to swell their ranks. Abandoned by the police, the small community that remains is plagued by the brutal and rampant gangs that few truly understand. Emerging at night, they are especially drawn to anyone showing fear – in fact they can see it and sense it.

When Tommy’s pregnant wife Joanne is viciously attacked, it turns his world upside down. Joanne is left in a coma. As a result of the trauma, Tommy suffers crippling agoraphobia rendering him housebound and barely able to look after their infant daughter Elsa. Trapped in Edenstown, Tommy desperately needs to leave.

Before he can escape however, Tommy’s worst nightmare comes true – Elsa is kidnapped. To save his daughter, he is forced to trust a vigilante priest who understands the horrific truth about the gangs. Tommy must now face the demons of his past by entering the one place that he fears the most… – an abandoned tower block called the Citadel.


Citadel is shooting for 4 weeks, 3 weeks on location/studio in Glasgow and 1 week on location in Dublin.

Citadel A Blinder Films and Sigma Films Co-Production, is funded by the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, Creative Scotland, Section 481 and UK Tax Credit.

Citadel is Ciarán Foy’s debut feature film. A graduate from the National Film School of Ireland, Ciarán’s short film The Faeries of Blackheath Woods won nine best short film awards at international festivals. Citadel is a psychological horror, based partly on his own experiences of unprovoked urban attack and the resulting agoraphobia. Blurring the boundary between real-life experiences and a darker fictional world, Citadel is an unsettling, original and powerful story.

Citadel is produced by Katie Holly (Blinder Films) and Brian Coffey (Sigma Films). Executive Producers are Kieron J. Walsh, Gillian Berrie and David Mackenzie.