While we still wait for a Blu-ray or DVD of Peter Hearn’s Scrawl, news has come through that the tiny budgeted but very clever and quite original horror flick, made as a collaboration between industry professionals and in-training actors and technicians of Andover College in the UK, has been recognised somewhere else in the world, proving that I wasn’t insane when I gave the film a very positive review!
The Zed Fest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition, a festival that really sounds like Horror Cult Films‘s kind of festival, was founded in 2010 by Wendy Medrano and Ed Stephens to, in their own words:
“Honour and acknowledge filmmakers and screenwriters who persevere against all odds to get their films made and tell their stories.”
Their most prestigious award is the Phil Tucker Spirit Award [if you know your cult ‘B’ movies than you’ll know Tucker as the creator of Robot Monster who, lacking the money and resources to build a screen robot, put one together anyway combining a gorilla suit with a diving helmet].
“The Phil Tucker Spirit Award is Zed Fest’s special honour. It is bestowed upon a filmmaker who displays determination, perseverance, and innovation. Named after the Director/Producer of the 1953 classic Z-Movie Robot Monster, Philip J. Tucker. We seek to acknowledge and support filmmakers like Phil Tucker who strive to bring their movies to life against all odds and obstacles.”
Scrawl has just won that award, and hopefully some enterprising distributor will now take a chance on it now it has had some recognisition.