SCRAWL is in the final stages of post production and we can now bring you the film’s official press release plus some stills and the very cool poster with a certain Daisy Ridley right in the middle!
SCRAWL writes a new future for British Independent Horror.
SCRAWL, a new independent horror/fantasy feature film written and directed by Peter Hearn which completes post production this month, will be an integral element of the Andover Arts Festival in June and will be submitted to film festivals during 2014/15.
The film is the product of collaboration between industry professionals and in-training actors and technicians of Andover College, providing these young film makers with valuable work experience for their future careers.
Hearn’s stylistic production harks back to the 70s and 80s horrors ‘Phantasm’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street 3 – Dream Warriors’, as well as fantasy greats such as ‘Big’.
The story focuses on Simon Goodman (Liam Hughes), a 16-year boy living in a rundown seaside town. With his best friend Joe Harper (Joe Daly), they create a comic book called SCRAWL as a way to escape their reality, gain some notoriety and more importantly – pick up girls. Along with the appearance of a mysterious girl, Hannah (Daisy Ridley), events in the comic book start to invade their reality and situations in the comic book come to life. At first it’s great, girls start to become interested in them, and all seems fun, except the monsters of the comic book also begin showing themselves and worse still they’ve written a huge bloody massacre. With the help of Joe’s father, Frank (Mark Forester-Evans), their friends and family, the boys are forced to face their horrific imagination made real. Are Simon and Joe able to change their reality? Only if they can rewrite death.
The film was shot over a three week period in the South of England in 2013 as well as extra days throughout 2014. The film was a ‘can do’ affair, making a film by any means possible, much like the films that inspired Hearn.
Previously, in preparation for the feature length production, the team also worked on a short horror called Motto in 2012.
Hearn explained: “’Motto’ was a short silent ‘slasher’ in the vein of ‘Friday the 13th’, set in the same universe that we re-created in SCRAWL, which built upon this existing world and its characters. We wanted to create a new mythos, like the classic horror films of the late 70s and 80s, creating a set of iconic characters to scare a new generation but also to entertain”.
Producer Annie LeGresley added: “To get the experience of producing my first feature film while still a student, with a group of talented people was a complete thrill. Working with like-minded people, allowed us to bring a sense of fun back to horror.”
Peter Hearn has been working as an independent filmmaker since the early 2000s, having worked on the features Appleseed Lake (2001) and Cross-Eyed Waltz (2005) which was shortlisted for the B-Movie Film Festival award for best Foreign Film in 2005. The SCRAWL project was designed as part of his work as a Lecturer at Andover College. It featured an ensemble cast that included Mark Forester-Evans (The Cave’, Daisy Ridley (Star Wars VII), Elizabeth Boag (Metro 7 bis/Chasing Robert Barker) and Nathalie Pownall (White Box/Twin Suns) alongside other professional and in-training actors. SCRAWL allowed the Andover College students to experience making an independent feature film from scratch to festival submission and beyond.
SCRAWL was written and directed by Peter Hearn. It stars Mark Forester Evans (The Cave), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars VII), Elizabeth Boag (Metro 7 bis/Chasing Robert Barker), Nathalie Pownall (White Box/Twin Suns), Liam Hughes and Joe Daly. Produced by Annabelle Le Gresley and Peter Hearn for Half Day Wednesday and Red Scout Films.
Check out some early footage from SCRAWL below on the DP/Editor’s showreel, it contains a number of sequences and shots from the film.