Set in Cornwall in 1855 All in the Valley is a powerful story of desperation and redemption played out against a bleak and unforgiving landscape. The film follows Joseph Ballam, a Crimean war veteran who returns home with no money, no job and no prospects. When Mr. Lincoln, a wealthy mine owner, offers him the chance to emigrate to the colony of Van Dieman’s Land it seems his troubles may be at an end, but there is a catch. In exchange for a new life Ballam must go deep into the Cornish countryside to hunt down the Tallack brothers, a dangerous gang of thieves, and return the money they have stolen from Lincoln’s company. Ballam is accompanied by Kneebone, a gruff miner who claims to know where the gang are hiding. The bond between the pair grows as they track the men across the moor. However when they finally come face to face with the brutality of the Tallack brothers Ballam must confront the violence of his past and decide what he is willing to do in exchange for a new life.
The debut feature of writer/director Luke Hagan, All in the Valley is an exciting new take on the classic western genre. The film takes the common western themes of migration, wilderness and lawlessness and transports them to Victorian Cornwall – a frontier just as treacherous and wild as the old west. Filmed on location over several months, with a small and dedicated crew and a micro budget, All in the Valley not only makes the most of Cornish landscape but also it’s rich cultural heritage.