GRID (G.R.I.D) – A Short Film

When we made BRINK back in 2014, I was very much invested in its content, the story we were telling, not only because I felt that it had to be told through the film medium, but also because the LGBT community has a very special place in my heart as well as being in my life on a daily basis, because of my own preferences.

Following on from the success we’ve continually had with BRINK, I felt that there were so many other LGBT stories to be told from around the world (both good, bad as well as shocking), and I always knew I would go back to this genre some day, but only when a story presented itself that I not only felt passionate about, but felt that it needed to be told, in order to highlight the struggles the community have faced in the past.

With this in mind, I recently came across an article about the AIDS epidemic, that horrific disease that has taken so many of our loving brothers and sisters from us in terrible ways. I remember as a child growing up in the 1980s, seeing the news reports on ‘the gay disease’, while watching idols such as Anthony Perkins and Freddie Mercury to name a few sadly succumb to the virus. I remember AIDS being highlighted in many a film, some mainstream (Philadelphia, The Normal Heart), some independent (Longtime Companion, The Unknown Cyclist, Holding The Man), but all just as important as one another (as well as heartbreaking to watch).

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I have always wanted to make a film myself that dealt with the AIDS crisis, but I was always worried that I would struggle to do it right, to make sure it was perfect, to honour the past as well as the present. Do it justice to friends I’ve lost to the disease in the past as well as those today, who survive and fight on.

But I saw a story on the internet, that inspired me to write immediately, that inspired me to tell a story I felt would be important to see. And that would hopefully help highlight the plight of those who have had their lives directly or indirectly affected by AIDS.

I look forward to making GRID, which takes place in the same universe as BRINK does, and tells a story that is very close and personal to my own heart.

BRINK Receives Another Official Selection!

Very exciting times again for BRINK, our short film that deals with the aftermath of a vicious homphobic attack on a young man, as this evening, I have received news that the film is now an OFFICIAL SELECTION at the Hellfire Film Festival, due to run on June 2nd in Folkestone, Kent this year!

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As well as this incredible news, Brink is also going back across the great pond to the Ozark Shorts Film Festival as we previously reported.

It’s very humbling to think that a short film we made one night in Sandwell Valley when we had a few hours to spare, and because we wanted to flex our frustrated creativity, could be having such a positive effect on audiences around the world, creating debate, discussion as well as raising awareness on hate crimes.

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Many thanks to Hellfire Film Festival for warmly accepting us as a part of their event.

SUSTAIN Teaser Trailer

I’m very pleased to announce that the first look at SUSTAIN, my next feature film, has been revealed! And I can’t wait to get started on the rest of the film when we begin production in JAN 2017.

Starring Brett Dewsbury as Kieran Flank, you can find out more and keep up to date by following us on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook, where we will be revealing more of our amazing cast over the next coming weeks too.

SYNOPSIS
Brett Dewsbury (HOSD: The Vampyre), plays Kieran Flank, 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 crime.

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 darkness, one thing is for sure, he must confront those who took away his brother, bringing into the fold, local news reporter Kara Marshdale, and the weary DI Bridge.

But what happens then, when you come face-to-face with the person who tore your family apart forever?

There are five stages of grief we all must go through…but how you come out of them, determines the type of person you are, and just what lengths you’ll go to, to get some kind of justice…

Produced by Troy Dennison and Keiran Bowers, ‘Sustain’, promises to be a prime staple of gritty British drama.

– Coming 2017

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The HOSD ARCHITECT Revealed….At Last!

Phew! At last we can talk about all this! TRAILER BELOW TOO!

WE HAVE FINALLY REVEALED THE SECRET IDENTITY OF THE INFAMOUS ‘ARCHITECT’ CHARACTER IN THE NEW CHILLING TRAILER & POSTER FOR OUR UPCOMING INDEPENDENT BRITISH HORROR ANTHOLOGY FILM ‘THE HOUSE OF SCREAMING DEATH’.

Celebrated British actor IAN McNEICE (From Hell, White Noise, Doctor Who, Dune, Ace Ventura When Nature Calls, Doc Martin), has joined our massive ensemble of stars already in the film, calling the project, that lovingly pays homage to the style, tone and content from the classic heyday of Hammer Horror and Amicus Studios, as “great fun!”

house retro poster 2016 2 copyI had the pleasure of scripting the Architect segments in the film, and after reading through the script with Ian in early January, he immediately got what we were attempting to do, as well as being very impressed with the first trailer we’d released last Halloween. We discussed the role, what it meant to us as all, as well as his own ideas, which were thrilling to hear. From the first take we did on set, everyone just watched him, spellbound and you could have heard a pin drop!

Kaush, who directed The Architect segments over the course of two days in mid-February this year, observes that “when the concept of The Architect character started developing in the script we knew straight away that our film needed someone who would bring a sense of appreciation and esteem to the classic Hammer/British Gothic Horror genre that we loved. We approached Ian directly for the role and showed him the trailer and the pre-production work we had done beforehand. He was very impressed with how hard we had worked with the film so far but he also looked at our previous feature “Checking-In”, which won BEST BRITISH FILM at the London Film Awards in 2014.

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Ian was a pleasure to work with and bought nuances to his character that were mesmerising. Everyone on set felt that something magical was happening during his scenes. The crew were enamoured of him and we all sat around after the shoot as he told stories of the other films from his previous work. He also gave a lot of advice to the crew as to how to work in the industry, especially wanting to show his support for our younger independent filmmakers on the crew”.

Benjamin Thompson, who is the DOP on the project spoke about the look he discussed with Kaushy before filming the segments. “My initial thoughts for shooting Ian’s picture followed a similar sort of style from that of Owen Roizman- cinematographer on the Exorcist. I’d thought about revealing the Architect over the course of a period, predominantly using low key/noir lighting setups. However, the dilemma of independent films and having a recognisable actor such as Ian, is that you want them to appear as much as possible, and not hide them in shadow throughout their entire screen time. Having discussed this with the Kaushy, we decided that a moonlight mix of high key back and warm, fire light fill lighting would help to present a powerful Architect. However, for the all important reveal shot, well, you’ll just have to wait and see”, he teases.

Myself, Kaushy and lots of the crew grew up on the Amicus anthologies and all the amazing Hammer films they used to show on the BBC late Friday or Saturday nights in the UK, and the mis-en-scene within them just imprinted on our minds, and this is what we’re doing our very best here to recreate for modern audiences, in the eerie walls of the fictional Bray Manor (named after Hammer’s celebrated home grounds, but in reality, the Manor House in West Bromwich,). In the production office, we even had screen caps from both of the legendary studio’s output on the walls to give us extra inspiration.

Their films’ content extends to the characters you’d see in them too, especially that one particular figure shrouded by mystery and always referred to as ‘The Cryptkeeper (like the fantastic Ralph Richardson in Tales From The Crypt for example), or ‘The Proprietor’ (embodied by my idol, Peter Cushing, who is so devilishly enjoyable in Beyond The Grave), so The Architect was a natural successor and namesake to these iconic characters to bring to life in Screaming Death. And like them, having a very recognisable and talented British actor such as Ian, take on the role here, just sealed the deal for us all too. You’ve never seen him like this before! I can promise you that!

Notable Hammer and Amicus historian Bruce Hallenbeck, who has authored numerous works on the classic studios such as ‘The Hammer Frankenstein’ and ‘The Amicus Anthologies’, has already described the new trailer and the whole project as “fantastic”, praising the entire films’ unique cast/crew, “atmospheric photography, moody music and just enough information” not to spoil the surprises yet to still be unearthed!

The House of Screaming Death is now in post-production (we’re working non-stop on it whenever we can!) and is aiming for a late 2016 release. It will also be unleashed on the worldwide festival circuit at the same time. It was filmed in and around both Walsall, Sandwell and Staffordshire areas in the West Midlands, UK, with huge support from the local councils. You can keep up to date on all the latest news by following the film on Twitter @screamin_death, on Facebook at HouseofScreamingDeath or by visiting the official website www.screamingdeath.co.uk

PAT THE BULL FILMS & LIGHTBEAM PRODUCTIONS in association with  FLIRTY BIRD / 5CM SEC PRODUCTIONS  presents IAN MCNEICE in ”THE HOUSE OF SCREAMING DEATH”  Starring SHA’ORI MORRIS  BRETT DEWSBURY  LEAH GREEN  CRAIG EDWARDS  TROY DENNISON  SARAH GAIN  TOM LOONE  TONY GIBBONS  CHARLES O’NEILL  MATTHEW KINSON  RICHARD BUCK  THERESA ROCHE  CHELSEA-JO DENNISON

Also Starring CHARLIE CLARKE  KIAH REEVES  MICHELLE RACHEL COX  CAMERON MOON  CHRIS LINES  ALEX DODDY  ELIZABETH WAKEFIELD  ERNEST VERNON  LAURA EVENSON  GRAEME BROOKES  ROSEMARY MANJUNATH  ROGER DAVID FRANCIS  TONY J BROWN  STEPHEN SALT  DOMINIC FELLOWS  CARLA BUCKLEY  ELIZABETH BURDEN  JAMES BRADLEY  JESS WILLIAMS  ANDY SIMON and  NIGEL BUCKLEY

Produced by DAVID HASTINGS  KAUSH PATEL

Directed by TROY DENNISON  REBECCA HARRIS-SMITH  ALEX BOURNE  DAVID HASTINGS  KAUSH PATEL