Very proud to announce the next feature film I will be both producing and directing, as well as co-writing with the main star! With The House of Screaming Death creeping into post-production (I’m very involved with that too of course!), all of the team involved have started turning their attentions to what next to do.
On top of helping out on other fantastic projects (Penny For The Guy 2 is looking amazing!), I wanted to nip out of the horror genre for a while and go back to pure drama, especially after enjoying it so much on Checking In. With that in mind, I present SUSTAIN, a crime-drama revolving around Kieran who will be played by the amazing Brett Dewsbury, who is also coming hot off the heels from Screaming Death duties playing Thomas in The Vampyre segment we worked on (as well as other parts of the film, but Kaush will put a hex on me if I dare spoil anything there!).
Reteaming with Brett is a pure joy as he is a fully committed actor with lots of range and a fantastic skill in front of the camera. Sustain came from an idea he had for a short film, and after we spoke about it, I scribbled down some ideas and before we knew it, we were both writing scenes and a 55 page first draft magically appeared. So what is it all about?
Sustain reteams us with the fantastic Brett Dewsbury (HOSD: The Vampyre), who plays Kieran, a mild-mannered young man whose life is shattered by the death of his close younger step-brother Toby, the victim of a vicious race attack.
Confronted with the shocking reality of recent fatal events, Kieran must come to terms with what has happened, carrying on without Toby, the gloating thugs who have walked free from his brother’s death, as well as rebuilding his already fractured relationship with his mother Jayne. As Kieran descends into a multitude of conflicts, one thing is for sure. He must confront those who took away his brother. But what happens then, when you come face-to-face with someone who tore your family apart forever?
There are five stages of grief we all must go through, but how we emerge on the other side will never be the same again.
Production on Sustain will begin in January 2017
starring BRETT DEWSBURY written by BRETT DEWSBURY & DAVID HASTINGS produced & directed by DAVID HASTINGS