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Manchester Memories [2]

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Among the projects Chrissie Harper and I are currently working on is an online series, In Conversation With, which kicked off by interviewing actor Demelza O’Sullivan (who starred in our short film All Bad Things…) and now features actor / television presenter Jenny Hanley (recorded when we met up in Manchester). Both are available via our YouTube channel.

Festival Fever [3]

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The second annual Grindhouse Planet Film Festival premiered All Bad Things… on Sunday evening. Here I am afterwards, with organiser Marc Hamill. Also attending the event, held at The Shed in Leicester, were writer / director Chrissie Harper and associate producer Carl Timms, whose zombie comedy Still was having its final festival screening.

Update: As a result of this screening, All Bad Things… now has an IMDb entry.

Festival Fever

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Fresh from last month’s cast and crew screening, our short fantasy All Bad Things… will receive its official premiere on 26 November, when it’s shown at the second annual Grindhouse Planet Film Festival in Leicester (out of competition, since I’m one of this year’s judges).

To tie in with its maiden voyage into the festival circuit, my colleague Chrissie Harper has designed the poster below, featuring actors Liam Woon and Demelza O’Sullivan.

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A Shot in the Dark

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Don’t worry, this isn’t the way I raise the production budgets for our movie projects. This photograph was taken by Chrissie Harper after the first of two days’ filming at our friend Blake Woodham’s home in Harborne, Birmingham, which was doubling for both a retired professor’s cottage and his psychiatrist daughter’s office in our forthcoming release Terror at Bell’s End. The replica gun was sourced by our male lead, John Messer. We were about to head up the road to the Cotteridge home of his co-star Melyza Fay, where the two of them would be pursued by an unseen killer through her back garden.

And here they are…
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The Lure of the Silver Scream [11]

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My friend Kevin Clarke just sent over this great shot of some of the cast members who attended Sunday’s screening of All Bad Things… and the Club Vamporama shorts.

Standing: Anthony Atkins, Liam Woon, Jamie Lambe.
Seated: Sophie Sharp, Sham Zaman, Demelza O’Sullivan, Melyza Fay.

The Lure of the Silver Scream [10]

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We had a great night at the Victoria public house in Birmingham’s city centre, when cast and crew were finally able to see Network 23’s inaugural short films: Who is Bette Noir? (a mock news report introducing key characters from Club Vamporama), Hail Cthulhu! (a ‘minisode’ featuring Club Vamporama regulars Jenni and Marie) and the psychodrama All Bad Things… (which actually wrapped filming on Saturday night).

The event was hosted by horror author Jasper Bark and kicked off with a magnificent rendition of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ by local actor William Hayes. Jasper interviewed Melyza Fay about playing ‘Jude’ in Club Vamporama and her forthcoming role as ‘Elizabeth’ in the giallo tribute Terror at Bell’s End, then talked to All Bad Things… co-stars Demelza O’Sullivan (‘Alex’), Liam Woon (‘Mike’) and Sham Zaman. The programme ended with Jasper reading his own short story ‘Taking the Piss’.

All three films will receive their public premiere at the Gunmakers Arms’ Halloween shindig At the Brewery of Madness.

Above, first row: William Hayes gets his teeth into The Tell-Tale Heart; Jasper Bark talks to Melyza Fay.
Above, second row: Demelza O’Sullivan, Liam Woon and Sham Zaman chat with Jasper; Jasper closes the night with some toilet humour.
Below: Chrissie Harper’s poster design for the Gunmakers Arms’ event tomorrow evening. She also took these photographs.

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Manchester Memories

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Went up to Manchester yesterday, to interview Jenny Hanley and Jonathan Rigby for the 28th Festival of Fantastic Films. Both guests and audience seemed to have a great time, and my conversation with Jenny was recorded for use in a future issue of the The Dark Side. The photographs above were taken by Chrissie Harper. (No, I wasn’t kneeling next to Jonathan; he’s just really tall.)