5 items from 2015
Writer and director Douglas Ray considers his film “Swansong,” which screens in competition at London’s Raindance Film Festival, a blend of love story and tragedy that he calls “a love story gone wrong.” When a former pop star finds out his wife had been cheating on him and leaves him for another woman he kidnaps both and poisons all three of them. He has enough antidote to save two, and after a discussion on where everyone stands they will jointly decide who lives and who dies. The film stars Eva Birthistle, Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Paul Hilton.
Where did you come up for the idea of “Swansong”?
It was during a period when I was thinking a lot about the changing nature of relationships. I’m a filmmaker with a girlfriend who, until very recently, has always earned more than me, owns the flat I live in and could largely »
- Jacob Bryant
Stars: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans, Steve Oram, Hannah Hoekstra, Anthony Murphy, Kelly Byrne, Anneke Blok, Calum Heath, Conor Horgan, Carl Shaaban, Sinead Watters, Alicja Ayres, Paddy Curan | Written and Directed by Ivan Kavanagh
The quiet brutality some people can suffer in everyday life is an aspect the horror genre doesn’t play up all too often. While horror films about zombies, chainsaw wielding killers and other assorted nasty folks are ten-a-penny, horror resorted in more “ordinary” troubles are rather more rare. The reason for this is fairly obvious, many audiences do not go to the cinema to be reminded of the misery which can come from real life and the more excessive the horror, the less real it can feel. The Canal is a film which seeks to bridge this gap, focusing both on a man going through some very real emotional difficulties while also delivering on horror elements we’ve seen many times before. »
- Ian Loring
Exclusive: The Manchester-based horror festival has revealed its 2015 programme.
Grimmfest (Oct 1-4), Manchester’s horror and cult film festival, has revealed its line-up for 2015.
This year’s opening night gala will be The Hallow, with director Corin Hardy and star Joseph Mawle in attendance. Playing on the same evening will be The Box, the directorial debut of Shaune Harrison (SFX on World War Z and Avengers: Age Of Ultron) and Bloodsucking Bastards, which stars Fran Kranz (Cabin In The Woods) and Pedro Pascal (The Adjustment Bureau).
There will also »
Hot projects on Screenbase this week include German-Canadian co-production In The Lost Lands, twin brothers Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser’s Dégradé, spy-thriller Damascus Cover and documentary Tomorrow.
Fantasy adventure In The Lost Lands
The story revolves around a series of magical and fantastic tales centring on a sorceress in search of a spell, a warrior girl on a quest and a young barbarian who encounters a witch in a spacecraft.
- email@example.com (Maud Le Rest)
Psychological horror sells to France, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Turkey.
UK sales agent Jinga Films has inked further deals on The Canal.
Ivan Kavanagh’s psychological horror has sold to Pretty Pictures for France and Scandinavia, MovieCloud for Taiwan and Visne Produksiyon for Turkey.
The Irish/UK co-production stars Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Steve Oram, and follows a film archivist driven insane by newsreel footage which reveals his home was the scene of a brutal murder.
The Canal will be released in the UK and Ireland by Kaleidoscope, while The Orchard has North American rights. Other deals include Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Universum), Benelux (A-Film) and Australia and New Zealand (Rialto). »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
5 items from 2015
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