The Unkindness of Ravens Set to Take Flight After Meeting Kickstarter Goal
The crowdfunding campaign for Scottish horror The Unkindness of Ravens has reached its funding goal, making it the most-funded UK horror film ever on Kickstarter!
Over 550 backers have pledged, taking the ongoing campaign past its original £40,000 target. The team have now announced a stretch goal of £45,000, which would see all backers receiving the ‘Raven Arcana’ Digital Book, filled with short stories, tales from the set, raven mythologies and tons of photos and illustrations.
Backers flocked to the project’s beautifully-designed rewards such as the Collector’s Edition 3-Disc Set and the awesome, limited edition Owlman action figure (the Owlman being the breakout star of the team’s last movie Lord of Tears).
Lawrie Brewster’s campaign also received significant Kickstarter pledges from film companies around the world, including US companies 3rd Monkey Productions and Lights Out Productions, UK distributor 88 Films and Scottish production company Zoghogg Studios, as well as filmmaker Shoogly Peg!
With an expected release date of July 2016, the funds raised will now go towards the film’s soundtrack, effects, mix, and marketing, ensuring that this ambitious indie has the best chance of being seen by the widest audience possible.
Director Lawrie Brewster is delighted at the success of the campaign, ‘The significance of our campaign cannot be understated. It reflects the enormous hunger out there for new, original ideas in the genre and proves that grassroots funding can now enable us to tell the stories that the mainstream would never touch.
We will use these funds not only to produce films but to distribute them in a manner that will see us build a sustainable model, focussed on producing high concept films and delivering them in unique physical media. Production companies can now sustain themselves with a direct and personal relationship with the people that count most, their audiences.’
The film certainly promises to be something different to the norm, with its brooding Scottish landscapes, unsettling, pagan vibe and brutal violence. A claustrophobic and intense tale of one man’s battle for survival in the remote highlands of Scotland, the film has echoes of The Wicker Man and Kill List with the central plot about a troubled veteran calling to mind films like Jacob’s Ladder and Apocalypse Now.
“Our film aims to be the most emotionally intense and disturbing pyschological horror of the year, with its unflinching portrayal of the true cost of war and the internal scars carried by our veterans. This film pays tribute to the courage that those who suffer from PTSD face in managing their condition. We do this in a narrative that pits such a soldier against an evil so terrifying and uncanny that no one will expect our hero to stand a chance. The Ravens are coming…”
The project garnered some serious praise along the way from industry figures like legendary horror director Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play), and Alec Gillis, co-founder of Oscar-winning creature effects company ADI, and by the looks of things, we’ll be hearing lots more about the film very soon!
But, the campaign’s not over yet! With two days still to go, Lawrie Brewster hopes to reach the new £45,000 stretch goal! So, get pledging while you still can!
STILLS FROM THE FILM: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3al79u91he5b8eh/Shots%20from%20the%20Film.zip?dl=0
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.