Film4 FrightFest will be screening a record twenty short films, twelve of them world premieres, at this year’s August event at the Vue West End, Leicester Sq.
Spearheading this year’s selection is the world premiere of SHOW PIECES, three tales of terror written by Alan Moore, the genius 2000 AD writer behind WATCHMEN, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, FROM HELL and V FOR VENDETTA. Moore has never previously written specifically for the screen, until now. Directed by his close friend and internationally acclaimed photographer Mitch Jenkins, this interconnected trilogy kicks off with. ‘Act of Faith’ in which a young woman looking for the next step in sexual excitement unfortunately finds it. ‘Jimmy’s End’ tails a serial philanderer down a dark alley into a very unusual club where the top-billed attraction is The Bad Brides and their Danse Macabre and ‘His Heavy Heart’ reveals the horrifying price paid for his adultery. We’re delighted to announce that Alan Moore will be attending, alongside Mitch Jenkins and some of the cast. SHOW PIECES will be screened separately in the Discovery Strand.
Also attending will be Italian macbre-meister Federico Zampaglione, who has written and directed REMEMBER, a haunting apocalyptic scene of devastation seen through the eyes of a young girl. And Horror Channel’s Emily Booth presents SELKIE, which she has written, produced and stars in as a captured sea-creature out for revenge (pictured left). Her brother, Simon Booth, directs.
Other highlights include ABDULLAH, Evrim Ersoy’s darkly-mesmerising portrait of a Turkish London taxi-driver and VIBES, a deliciously nasty take on infidelity by the Spanish Guis brothers.
Paul McEvoy, Co-director of FrightFest said today: “This year’s crop of Film4 FrightFest short films is the biggest and best line-up we have ever had. We are thrilled to be showcasing an outstanding programme of worldwide talent both in front of and behind the camera including many well-known names and an enormous array of new and exciting talent. Making the final selection from the many hundreds of submissions received was a mammoth task which myself and my short film programming partner Shelagh Rowan-Legg attacked with gusto and we are excited to unleash so many beautiful gems to the FrightFest audience. Covering everything from SF / horror / thriller and so much more we feel the selections will delight, shock and astound”.
SATURDAY AUG 23 – DISCOVERY SCREEN 2 , from 12:45
THE LAST MAN (World Premiere)
Director: Gavin Rothery. Cast: Richard Glover. UK 2014. 20 mins.
A soldier is awoken from stasis to find the world completely destroyed. Venturing into the wasteland he is faced with the devastating loneliness of being the last man alive.
PENANCE (World Premiere)
Director: Nicholas Principe. Cast: Maria Kanellis, Dave Gere, Mike Bennett. USA 2014. 4 mins.
Confessionals are places of sanctuary and solace. But one woman has something else on her mind to divulge.
SELKIE (World Premiere)
Director: Simon Booth. Cast: Emily Booth, Joseph Rye, Julia Lamoral-Roberts. UK 2014. 14 mins
A fisherman finds a strange woman by the sea, and holds her captive to his will. But he underestimates her desire to return home.
APHELION POINT (World Premiere)
Director: Dan Auty. Cast: Steve Rogers, Dan Auty. UK 2014. 7 mins.
A damaged ship floats through deep space. A malevolent star draws closer and begins to exert a terrifying influence upon the remaining crew members.
GOBLIN (World Premiere)
Director: Christian James. Cast: David Oakes, Holliday Grainger. UK 2013. 7 mins.
Elizabeth has got her hands full with her boyfriend Harry, who’s convinced there’s a Goblin in the wardrobe. It’s either the wrong relationship, or the wrong wardrobe.
CALL GIRL (UK Premiere)
Director: Jill Sixx Gevargizian. Cast: Laurence R. Harvey, Tristan Risk. USA 2014. 5 mins.
In one man’s attempt to exploit his date night through video-chat, he ends up sharing something far more disturbing.
FOUND (UK Premiere)
Director: Rebekah McKendry. Cast: AJ Bowen, Darren Lynn Bousman, Morgan Peter Brown, Ryan Turek, Larry Zerner. USA 2014. 4 mins.
Making a found footage film isn’t as easy as it looks. Luckily, a new organization is here with innovations and tips on how to have a successfully scary shoot.
GHOST TRAIN (UK Premiere)
Director: Lee Cronin. Cast: Owen McDonnell, Steve Wall, Matthew Dillon, Sean Gormley, Matthew Broe. Ireland 2013. 16 mins.
Michael and Peter make their annual pilgrimage to the fairground where, years before, their friend Sam went missing on a mysterious ride. But something has been waiting for them.
SHE (World Premiere)
Directors: Chelsey Burdon and Mark Vassey. Cast: Fiona Dourif, Phillip James. UK 2014. 14 mins.
A woman can only take so much abuse before she fights back. And she will fight back in the most vengeful manner.
CÓLERA (London Premiere)
Director: Aritz Moreno. Cast: Luis Tosar, Irati Azcuna Pascual, Iñaki Irastorza. Spain 2013. 6 mins.
The residents of a town take justice into their own hands. But their enemy might have the last revenge.
MONDAY AUG 25 – DISCOVERY SCREEN 2 , from 18:00
THE DARK (World Premiere)
Director: Tom Hemmings. Cast: Toby Jones, Jessica Barden. UK 2013. 10 mins.
A father teaches his daughter how to develop film the old-fashioned way. But something else old is lurking in the negatives.
VIBES (UK Premiere)
Directors: The Guis Brothers. Cast: Macarena Gomez, Juan Carlos Vellido. Spain 2014. 12 mins.
A husband gets his wife an unusual birthday present to spice up their life. But he slowly finds himself being replaced.
THE TOUR (World Premiere)
Directors: Alex Mathieson and Damon Rickard. Cast: Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff, Tom Gordon-Gill. UK 2014. 14 mins.
Two American women take a private tour of a British haunted house. But their guide has more than just ghostly scares on his mind.
Director: Michelle Fox. Cast: Eilidh Talman, Carl Kennedy, Kitty Boo Ford, James A. Wilkinson. UK 2013. 2 mins.
What wouldn’t a parent do for their child? Even a child with a monstrous appetite?
ABDULLAH (World Premiere)
Director: Evrim Ersoy. Cast: Gabriel Horn, Matthew Noble. UK 2014. 12 mins.
Abdullah seems like the typical London minicab driver. But some customers want a service only Abdullah is willing to provide.
THE GAS MAN (World Premiere)
Direcror: Matt Palmer. Cast: Birgitte Hjort Sorenson, Glenn Doherty, Conor McCarron. UK 2013. 13 mins.
Sometimes, the gas man needs to read the meter. Sometimes, he has other things in mind.
REMEMBER (World Premiere)
Director: Federico Zampaglione. Cast: Rosa Enginoli. Italy 2014. 9 mins.
A little girl wanders alone in an abandoned hospital, where memories of deadly acts haunt her.
VARGULF (World Premiere)
Director: J.T. Child. Cast: Kathryn Prescott. UK 2013. 4 mins.
Grace is just a normal teenager trying to enjoy a house party. But when she experiments with drugs, strange things begin to happen.
BUDGET CUTS (UK Premiere)
Director: Jarret Gahan. Cast: Kieran O’Sullivan. Australia 2013. 11 mins.
Have you ever wanted to commit murder, but didn’t know how to handle the practicalities? One man can teach you how to do so efficiently and effectively.
GET SOME (UK Premiere)
Directors: Adam and Joe Horton. Cast: John Hannah, Warren Brown, Anna Skellern, Kieran O’Connor. UK 2014. 14 mins.
After a viral pandemic turns humans into flesh craving mutants, an adventurer fights back by presenting Get Some, a TV show in which he tracks and kills the infected.
Tickets for Individual films are on sale from July 18th and are available online or via phone 08712 240 240 (24 hour booking line).
Screens 5, 6 & 7 will house the main event while the Discovery strands will play in Screens 3 & 8.
This year’s complete guest list will be announced on July 18th.