Archive for March, 2013
Colchester Film Festival, the international short film fest taking place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th of October 2013 at the Firstsite Gallery.
Showcasing some of the best short films from the UK and the world as well as workshops, master classes and panel discussions for anyone wanting to learn more about filmmaking and the industry.
A few weeks ago I posted a piece on the new British Indy flick, Lord of Tear. This is gonna be a great film so i’ve decided to add a follow up piece to support the post production.
The first goal on Kickstarter was reached, now they are aiming at their second phase which is £10k ($15k) so if you like the film, pre-order now! Mainly because the film may not be available through traditional distro until next year, and basically all the funds are fed back into the movie direct to source. Support our Independent Film Makers!
Good news to date, Lord of Tears has been accepted into the San Diego Comic Fest to be screened in October. Wooop! As mentioned above, it’s now available to pre order via Kickstarter here. The film has been getting some positive viral tweeting from the likes of Jim Parrack (True Blood), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond), Elizabeth Fies (The Commune) and Signe Olynyk (Below Zero). Lord of Tears now has the Highness Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki who has became an Executive Producer for the film.
So, what are you waiting for? Click here now and pre-order Lord of Tears
Here’s a little bit of grisliness for a Saturday morning. Francesco Picone’s ‘I’m Dead’ (Io Sono Morta). Its a tale of death, torture and revenge and above all, Love. Picone has a great visual style, knows how to shoot a film which looks nice and works well. This is near perfect and right up there with feature length films in the same genre of gorenography as far as gruesome content, pace and watchability is concerned. Picone adds a nice twist too which adds real value to the short which would otherwise be a well produced film about a girl that’s dead from the off. Check it out below, and take a look at the ‘I’m Dead’ Facebook page too.
Francesco Picone is currently working on his next short, ‘Anger of the Dead’ a post apocalyptic future where the cities belong to the dead, with an impresive cast, Alex Lucchesi (Eaters), Serena Bilanceri (The Labyrinth), Federico Mariotti (matrimoni e altri disastri), Alessio Cherubini (My Lai Four) and Beatrice Baldaccini (Shrek the Musical).
The crew include make-up artist Carlo Diamantini (Zombie Massacre), and visual effects supervisor Alessio Barzocchini (Virtual Zone), produced by Picone’s cultural association SMALLMOVIE, and assistant producer, Simone Lagi. I’ll be following the progress of Anger of the Dead, but you can check it out yourself, again on it’s dedicated Facebook page.
Only a matter of weeks before we get to see Fede Alvarez’ Evil Dead. Excited?
Here’s another little gem from Davide Melini, The Sweet Hand of the White Rose, shot in 2010. I was impressed with Melini’s The Puzzle (2008), but here he explores narrative and depth within the short film medium and really focuses on telling a tale and keeping the viewers interest wanting to know more. Visually the film looks a delight, easy to watch, clever cinematography which glides along with subtlety. The film centres around an irreversible event which involves Mark (Carlos Bahos) and an unexpected encounter with a young girl, the White Rose (Natasha Machuca), a bike and a car. It’s an event that ties the two together which is only fully realised in the closing scene. A nicely told visual tale that allows the viewer to constantly question the outcome, and offers a very neat and rewarding finale.
Good make-up and some creepy moments in a gothic cemetery. Plenty of tension as Mark looks to resolve his own conscience, though a mind which is somewhat distorted. There is a pretty cool score here too which is reminiscent of Simonetti.
The Sweet Hand of the White Rose has picked up several awards including, the ‘2nd Best Independent Film of the Year’ at the Italian festival ‘Indie Horror’; the ‘Best Cinematography’ award at the Spanish festival ‘Cesur en Corto’; and the ‘Honorable Mention’ at the American festival ‘Tabloid Witch Awards’ and has been selected for official competition in many prestigious festivals, ‘Málaga Spanish Film Festival’ (Spain), ‘South African HorrorFest’ (South Africa), ‘David di Donatello Award’ and the ‘Fantafestival – International Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Show’ (Italy).
Davide Melini shows here that he can carry a solid plot which grips the audience. I’ll be looking out for more from this talent.
This week’s Scream Queen focus is Jessica Cameron, the former fashion student from Canada, turned horror goddess. For us horror viewers, it was a great choice of career change. She’s been very busy for the past few years with such underground recent classics as Hell-O-Ween, Resurrection, Camel Spiders, and The Black Dahlia Haunting. The remake of the 80’s Santa Slashing flick, ‘Silent Night’ propelled her into a wider audience of weekend horror viewers which has opened up a whole bunch of roles currently in production including the eagerly antisipated Virginia Obscura, a film of bloody revenge at a twisted family reunion. We also have Russ Williams Californian, backwoods, monster flick, ‘The Beast’ which sounds stunning.
Jessica Cameron has hit the ground running and it looks like she’s in for a marathon. Check her website here and follow her tweets for genre related info and general LA life. @JessicaCameron_
365 will be looking out for an interview, hopefully soon.
I caught Mama at the cinema this weekend and really enjoyed it although I did feel let down by the ending but I understand why it went in that direction.. i just couldn’t stop thinking about social services and the fact that someone is gonna end up with a difficult court case and I really shouldn’t have these thoughts whilst watching the film which is potentially more fantasy than horror. Anyway, that was good and enjoyable but I wasn’t expecting it to linger in the back of my mind.
There is a lot to be discussed, depth and answers required which is what I enjoy out of a film. As with my love of all things Indy I took a look at the short film which was the inspiration behind the big budget affair……. christ…. this little bag of horror has just knocked me sideways… seriously… I have shivers down my spine and although the feature length had its moments… quite a few good spooky bits… the short is just a masterpiece. Check it out below. I warn you, it is one of the creepiest things I have ever seen.
This is exactly what I mean about indy horror. Sometimes there are things that you just can’t capture with a $30,000,000 budget that you can with $300…. unless you happen to be Sam Raimi.
I always wanted to play the role of the beast or monster in a movie. So when I learned that the talented British artist, Serena Korda, was shooting her masterpiece at the Blackpool Tower Circus I jumped at the chance. B-movie monster reconstruction of the Battle of the River Plate. Pure Godzilla style, battle ships versus the beast with stunning folk, sea shanty vocal choir.
My acting debut is currently available for your viewing at the Camden Arts Centre. Check it out here, 8 March 2013 – 5 May 2013.