December 2, 2023

Helene Udy Set To star In The Haunting of the Lady-Jane

Helene Udy star of My Bloody Valentine (1981) set to star in Kemal Yildirim’s latest film The Haunting of the Lady-Jane

The Haunting of the Lady-Jane

The Haunting of the Lady-Jane Synopsis

The peaceful waterways of the English countryside are plagued by legends of ‘RÀN’; a water spirit who collects the bodies of sinful people along the river.

After a disturbing incident left Lily emotionally scarred and estranged from her parents she decides to begin her life again. Now a socially aware writer on female empowerment, she decides to tour the country with Zara, whose journey of self-identity has led her to fully explore life. Lily met Zara through her blog, they decide to become travel companions. They see a chance to travel on a barge on the English canals ‘The Lady-Jane’. Accepting an offer of a free passage up the British canals, Lily and Zara find themselves isolated with Willard, a religiously obsessed hulking man whose past is murkier than the canal waters. The threesome’s journey upriver becomes increasingly bizarre and dangerous as Willard’s fascination with canal ghosts’ surfaces, and the spirit known as ‘RÀN’ torments them on their journey.

The Haunting of the Lady-Jane Title Card

The Haunting of the Lady-Jane is Written and Directed by award winning film maker Kemal Yildirim the film’s original screenplay blends the traditional folklore ghost story with modern day themes of identity and the new female journey.

Setting the project in rural England was a conscious choice. Taking inspiration from classic British literature, in particular M.R James, Vernon Lee and the 1989 production of the ‘Woman in Black’. Our story will focus on the folkloric elements of the British countryside whilst bringing a fresh new horror icon to the screen, making the audience feel the dread of the spirit RÀN.

Woman in Black

RÀN our folklore water spirit who plagues the sinners around the water ways will be played by a genuine horror and screen icon, we as a team are massively happy to be working with the amazing Helene UDY. Helene is a horror and multi genre icon in her own right, having starred in the original My Bloody Valentine, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman and Star Trek Deep Space Nine.

RÀN Designs - Haunting of the Lady Jane
Figure 1: Concept designs for RÀN
Helene Udy
Helene Udy
Helene Udy - Sylvia My Bloody Valentine
Helene Udy – Sylvia My Bloody Valentine

Director’s Statement

The film’s themes of shame, guilt and identity are woven into the landscape of this film. The folklore/horror films and TV shows I grew up with have had a massive impact on my own journey as a film maker. I am a huge horror fan and would really love for all horror fans to get involved and support our crowd funding campaign. We have some fantastic perks which we feel people will like. The crowd funder is hugely important in making this film so all pledges of support would be appreciated. This film will be drenched in atmosphere and will have scares that the horror fans will hopefully really appreciate, for us telling a great story is key and making sure we give the audience an experience they won’t forget.

Our Kickstarter crowd-funding link:

Cast List

  • Natasha Linton as Lily
  • Sean Botha as Willard
  • Bryony Harvey as Zara
  • Helene Udy as RÀN and Lysette
  • Tom Lee Rutter as Monty
  • Rosalind Stockwell as Caroline
  • Andrew Fettes as Colm

Crew List

  • Writer/Director – Kemal Yildirim
  • Producers – Kemal Yildirim and Natasha Linton
  • Main Camera Operator – Jason Impey
  • Make-Up Artist/SFX Max Van De Banks
  • Concept Artist – Ian Massey

For more information about The Haunting of the Lady-Jane check out the following links:


I've been a fan of horror and slasher movies for as long as I can remember. I consider the original Halloween to be the best horror movie of all time and my guilty pleasure horror flick would be The Exorcist III. You can find me on Twitter at @406Northlane or TikTok @406Northlane where I'm sure I'll offend you at least once a day.

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