MARS-II AWARDED OPENING FILM & OFFICIAL SELECTION IN TORONTO
Without further ado... I can finally announce that MARS-II, my MA graduation short film, is a part of the Official Selection for Canada's premiere genre event Monsters & Martians Science Fiction Film Festival! It takes place from the 14th-17th of November 2013 in the cinema city of Toronto, home to the highly regarded Toronto International Film Festival. It was absolutely smashing for the film to be accepted and then I recieved more news a week ago - that we will be OPENING the film festival packaged with feature The Cosmonaut!
"Has 'The Cosmonaut' discovered the future of filmmaking?" - TWITCH on 'The Cosmonaut'
In other news, we sadly didn't win a Golden Blaster at The National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards. It was an honour to be a part of it, being one of only ten films selected internationally. There's hopefully (ideally, optimistically) still more on the horizon for MARS-II in terms of screenings, festivals etc. as we move towards the end of 2013 and I'll be sharing the news if/when it comes. Thanks for reading and thank you for supporting a film that has now been screened all around the world in USA, India, South Africa and the UK! AND... keep an eye out for my written interview about MARS-II with Champion Up North, who screened the film at their event last month, the Hush Hush Film Night [The Base] in Leeds. I discuss the film's shooting, themes, influences and all sorts. There's even a few anecdotes... it's really quite revealing.
THE ICE CREAM MEN PREMIERING AT 4TH DOCFILM FESTIVAL
Three years ago I made a film that was a major risk. I stood on a set thinking to myself that I had created a screenplay but written no words and I had structured a story carefully but was allowing it to have a life of it's own when shooting. The film was 'The Ice Cream Men' and it has haunted me ever since I finished it.
The film is about an ice cream man who is trying to make it through the winter. He's eccentric and the film is comic, but laced in tragedy as Neville (performed impeccably by Neville Hutton) moves through the story and as the documentary filmmaker (playing myself) I delve deeper into his world. It's a "mockumentary" but I like to think it's actually a documentary, but with a fictional subject. It is now the product of hard work and perseverance - keeping the belief that you'll find a suitable home for a piece of work - however much it doesn't fit into a normal mould. It's medium length made it very risky and near impossible to enter as a short or a feature at many festivals.
'The Ice Cream Men' was a strange but rewarding world to work in and I am so damn happy that I can finally show it to people with an official screening. After a long period of time, which included a few moments when I thought the film might gain distribution, it finally has a platform and is being shown at the 4th DocFilm Fest 2013 in Leicester! The screening will take place at 6pm on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9TH at the PHOENIX as one of only four feature films to be presented. One of them is Ken Loach's 'Spirit of 45'! Lets not forget the important things though; the first TWENTY tickets sold get a free ice cream with them and I'll also be doing a drunken unplanned informal Q&A in the bar afterwards too.