Arts University Bournemouth alumnus Nick Rowland returns to Bournemouth to screen his debut feature film Calm With Horses and engage in a live Q&A at Odeon BH2 on Tuesday 17 March.

Calm with Horses, which stars Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan and Niamh Algar, is adapted from the short story of the same name by author Colin Barrett. Produced by Daniel Emmerson and Executive Produced by Michael Fassbender, the film follows Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong, who has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father. Torn between these two families, his loyalties are tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2019 and later screened alongside Scorsese’s The Irishman, Baumbach’s Marriage Story and Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit at London Film Festival. 

Nick’s graduation film, Dancing in the Ashes, from the Bournemouth Film School at AUB showcased his drama-directing and writing talents in the engaging and heartbreaking story of a Jewish ballet dancer in WWII. The film was recognised by the Royal Television Society in 2013 when it picked up the award for Best Fiction at the student awards. 

Speaking about Nick’s debut film last year, AUB Post Production Coordinator Mark Wilson said: “Nick’s success at Toronto International Film Festival clearly illustrates how the showcasing of smaller features at festivals can have a huge impact; propelling into the spotlight the work of emerging new filmmakers. Nick’s penchant for rich, developed and visceral characters really shines through in his feature film debut – it’s fantastic to see international critical acclaim and praise being heaped on one of our graduates.”