ISIS Entertainment has announced that the world’s first feature documentary on the UK Cosplay Scene, COSPLAYERS UK – THE MOVIE, is now available to buy on DVD.
Directed by Ed Hartwell and Johnnie Oddball, the documentary follows a small selection of talented Cosplayers as they take part in the May 2011 MCM Expo. Cosplay, short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character often from the fantasy, anime, Sci-Fi or comic genre.
Filmmaker Ed Hartwell is an animator and director who has won numerous awards for his films Bus Kong and The Day The Robots Woke Up and is the co-creator of the BAFTA nominated Strange Hill High. Cosplayers UK The Movie is the second live action feature film Hartwell has produced with Johnnie Oddball following their comedy mockumentary When London Sleeps It Came Alive.
Hartwell explains: “We made this film to inspire and promote the Cosplay scene in the UK. We followed a handful of attendees over 48 hours at the biggest Cosplay event in Europe asking questions and taking interviews with talented players who have found new friendships and fame in the world of Cosplay. It’s a positive look at the UK Cosplay scene and we hope it will inspire, or at least give people an insight into this fascinating world.”
The MCM Expo Group (responsible for the London MCM Expo) was founded by Paul Miley and Brian Cooney in 2001. The event takes place over 3 days and has attendees of over 60,000 from across Europe who are encouraged to take part in Cosplay. As one of the most popular parts of the MCM Expo, Cosplay shows a devotion to favourite characters as they take photos with the public, meet new players through networking, and take part in the international costuming competition.
The DVD is now available to purchase on Amazon.