Lawrie Brewster (director of the critically acclaimed Lord of Tears and the Owlman prank videos) is back with a fresh tale of terror: a homeless army veteran besieged by a horde of demonic ravens in the highlands of Scotland. It’s gritty, it’s weird and it’s deeply disturbing, brutal, gory and emotionally intense film that the film makers describe as ‘kinda crossing Apocalypse Now with The Evil Dead’. The film seeks to explore the effect of the horrors of war on the human mind through the media of beautiful poetry and brutal violence. How great does this sound?
Sarah Daly once again pens the screenplay to bring a poetic, and unique language to the script. This is her second feature screenplay and collaboration with Lawrie Brewster.
Jamie Scott-Gordon plays the films protagonist in the dual role of Andrew and his deranged doppelganger – a challenging and demanding requirement which i’m sure, Lawrie has pushed the fresh talent to the brink. He can also be see in US comedy Bonejangles and UK drama Good Intentions later this year.
Within the current industry, it is sometimes difficult for these independent studios and visionaries to get feature films off the ground. Lawrie Brewster and Hex Media/Dark Dunes Productions have excelled themselves on the back of the outstanding Lord of Tears, to follow up with this, their next offering, The Unkindness of Ravens, but further finance is required for post production, score and marketing. You can support this feature by clicking here and pledging towards the films Kickstarter campaign.
The Unkindness of Ravens has support from Brian O’Malley, director of ‘Let us Prey’. ‘What this guy can do with almost no money is quite astonishing…’ Also Alec Gillis of the Academy Award-winning special effects team ADI (Aliens, Predator, Starship Troopers) has endorsed the Kickstarter campaign.
I’ll personally be following The Unkindness of Ravens and will look forward to the final print and further productions from Lawrie Brewster and Hex. I’ll be posting updates and and when i hear from the teams progress, so be sure to check back, but you can follow all the action on their official Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube. The Unkindness of Ravens should be complete and ready for release in the summer of 2016.
This might be a bit of a strange review, but i had to get something down on paper… or should that be up on the website… regarding the outstandingly beautiful packaging which Lord of Tears is being distributed within. I have never seen such carefully designed, well thought out and loved to the point of releasing a
DVD and Soundtrack combo in a full gatefold, stunningly illustrated sleeve, wrapped in black tissue paper with a feather. This just all looks so god damn good and it only adds to the whole experience. There is also a very nice photo booklet and a 440 page downloadable
book which you can grab after watching the film so as not to introduce any spoilers.
Compare this to the usual experience of ordering a film from a popular media website, the disc arrives, it is plastic, often with a broken spool to hold the disc in place. You sigh and place the item on the shelf for a rainy day, deflated by the loss of your hard earned cash. Hex media offer something much more emotionally valuable.
Hex Media are doing something totally ‘out there’, offering a unique experience to the purchaser of genre products, with a lush product to enjoy and desire rather than cheep plastic casing. Their M.O. is to focus on premium produced physical products over the VOD downloads. I’m all in favour and this is even before i’ve even seen the movie!
For the record, i’ve been awaiting this film for quite some time, excited by the press still which were offered some time ago, the film looks beautiful, dark and totally what 365 loves. It is reported as being a revitalised low-budget, supernatural chiller in the true British Hammer tradition, following the likes of The Wicker Man, The Innocents and The Haunting.
I’ll be viewing the film over the next few days and will offer a full review; my first in over 2 years since Black Swan. Check back soon just to see if you can judge a book by its cover.