It’s 793 AD, and Britain is in chaos – Vikings rape and pillage their way along the coastline, whilst inland Christianity and the Old Religions vie for supremacy.
This is the world into which young novice monk Hereward finds himself thrown after a ferocious attack on the Lindisfarne monastery. Pursued across Northumbria by bloodthirsty Vikings, Hereward and his master Athelstan are not only running for their lives, but for the sake of all the land of Angelnen. They have in their possession the Holy Gospels of Lindisfarne – a book of great beauty and power. It is held in such high regard that Hadrada, Scandinavian King of Ekero, is willing to risk all to make it his and use its influence to bring Angelnen to its knees.
Whilst heading for the safety of the monastery at Iona, Hereward and Athelstan are confronted by a mysterious swordsman, Aethulwulf. This fierce and skilled fighter is a Warrior of the Enduring Kingdom, an order dedicated to the protection of the word of Christ.
After Athelestan is brutally murdered by the raging Norse, Hereward and Aethulwulf must continue their periless journey into the midsts of hell to be met by the wild and beautiful Eara, the bait in a trap that puts their quest at stake. Forced to stop, Hereward comes to realise that the people of Angelnen are as worthy of protection as the sacred word he follows.
Set in the aftermath of the famous Viking raid on Lindisfarne in 793 AD, The Darkest Day sheds some light on the brutal reality of Saxon Britain. With a screenplay written and directed by Chris Crow (Devil's Bridge, Panic Button) and based on an original story by Graham Davidson and Chris Crow, The Darkest Day allows us to get a sense of a harsh land riddled with religious tension and cold violence.
Produced by Antony Smith and Graham Davidson for Lindisfarne Films, this independent action-adventure film was shot on location in South Wales.