Friday, September 26, 2014

Cockneys Vs Zombies screening with real zombies

The good people of Backyard Cinema are doing a series of screenings of zombie movies - and one of them happens to be Cockneys Vs Zombies. It's inside a secret, East London warehouse location, there'll be real zombies wandering around, booze, food, and I'll be there as well to hang around.

From the website:
Get your tickets now for access to the only safe place in London; a top-secret East London survivor’s camp. Once you have cleared quarantine, survivors will be left to roam free around the base where they will come face to face with the infected and discover for themselves the true scale of devastation the planet is facing.

Stock up on supplies, both food and drink before you explore the Secret Zombie Testing Facility, get taught a range of crucial survival techniques that will equip you with the skills required to battle the Zombie infestation. You can now relax and enjoy your classic or modern Zombie movie of choice in peace knowing that you are equipped to handle the Apocalypse and there are trained professionals around to keep you safe.

Backyard Cinema Apocalypse is a 4 hour, theatrical, Zombie Apocalypse themed cinema experience with live actors, a fully licensed bar, street food and an End of the World party.
It screens on Wednesday, November 5th, doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. It's a 4 hour experience, over-18s only, and tickets are £30 for the whole evening. Details and tickets for CvsZ (and the other movies on different dates) can be found at this link here. If you'd rather watch one of the other movies, then do that - the whole thing sounds really good fun - but if you're at the CvsZ night, then I hope to see you there!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Crazy For You at Knoxville Horror Film Festival

Americans etc! My short film Crazy For You just added another date to its festival tour, and will play at the Knoxville Horror Film Festival, in Knoxville, Tennessee, which runs from October 25th-27th (full schedule to follow).

The website with info is here - and you can preorder passes and/or posters, t-shirts, etc, at this link here. It's the next American date after Fantastic Fest, so hopefully will be nearer any of you who couldn't make one of the other screenings.

I'm not sure if there'll be any other American screenings after this, I'm still waiting to hear back from a couple - so if you're nearby, and want to see it on a big screen, this may be your last chance!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Crazy For You at Fantastic Fest - schedule

The schedule for Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas is now live, where my short film Crazy For You is screening. If you're going, you will have two - count 'em, two! - chances to see it as part of the Short Fuse 2014 group:




Click here for the info page on the group of shorts. Even if you don't want to see mine, they're showing several others in the same block, including Goat Witch, and the romantically titled He Took His Skin Off For Me - how could you not want to see those??

I'm really sad to miss out on attending, but producer extraordinaire Jen Handorf will be there, representing the short, so if you have ANY problems at all, go and tell her she's a horrible, horrible human being. Just tell her that anyway.* Hope you enjoy the short, and Fantastic Fest!

*Don't actually do this, she's lovely and brilliant and could probably beat you up.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Crazy For You at Raindance in London

Another quick festival update - my short film Crazy For You screens at this year's Raindance Film Festival in London, on Sunday October 5th, at 12pm. Info and tickets at this link here.

I'll be attending the screening, so if you're going, I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Crazy For You at Fantastic Fest

It can finally be revealed: Crazy For You, the short I wrote and directed, starring Arthur Darvill and Hannah Tointon, will screen at this year's Fantastic Fest, in Austin, Texas.

Go here for information! And here for a direct link to the FF website!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Writers on Writing - Episode 1

This is a new, semi-regular video series where I interview other writers - I know! Other writers who aren't me! The very thought! - about their writing process. How do they start, how do they develop an idea into a full story, and so on.

Episode 1's victim guest writer is Amber Benson, who has been writing novels, comics and movies for years - her acting background means she has a very different process to me. Although there are many similarities. Oh, you'll see. Just watch the interview, it's really good fun - it's at this link here.

Amber's new book The Witches of Echo Park comes out on January 6th 2015, and you may get it from these places:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble US

Foyles UK

There are also some other US links available at the book's Tumblr here. Amber is on Twitter, so you should go follow her. Huge thanks to Amber for being so cool and willing to talk process - we met at LeakyCon, so it was lovely of her to find time to do this. And I didn't accidentally call her Tara even *once*!

I have a few other participants on my list, but if there are any writers you'd like me to talk to - that I might reasonably be able to get - I will gratefully steal your suggestions and pretend I thought of them.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My FrightFest 2014 phone idents

I've just got back from FrightFest 2014, a 5 day celebration of horror movies and general mayhem, which is Horror Christmas for us horror fans. I didn't have any movies or shorts playing, but I did 2 "Turn Off Your Bloody Phone" idents again, as I have done for the past couple of years (you can see them here and here).

The opening night one was a spoof cinema advert, and many in the audience were fooled into thinking FrightFest had sold out and gone with a really, *really* wanky sponsor... until the mayhem kicked in:



My second one "starred" me as usual, the third in a series of Angry James Moran idents:



They both got a really good reaction, I'm very happy with how they went down.

Some great movies played this year, including The Forgotten, produced by the brilliant Jen Handorf, who roped me into doing the intro for the screening - and then the Q&A afterwards! It was easy enough, as I've been on the receiving end plenty of times, so I know what questions to ask, how to make sure nobody gets left out, etc. Seemed to go really well, everyone was happy.

Also did my first proper interview as an interviewer, getting the chance to ask Jan Harlan some questions - he was Stanley Kubrick's producer for years, there to introduce the new UK Blu-ray of The Shining. As a massive Kubrick fan, I jumped at the chance to speak to Jan, who was really lovely and had lots of great stories.

A very strong FrightFest lineup this year, my highlights were The Guest, Life After Beth, Starry Eyes, Faults, and The Babadook. The venue change to the Vue Leicester Square was worrying, as we were going from one big, main screen to three main screens with staggered start times - but it worked brilliantly, nothing went wrong, and actually meant the bar and toilets never got too crowded, an unexpected bonus of the new system. Very well done, FrightFest folk, and Vue people.

Thank you to everyone who came up to say nice things, or just to chat about movies, or both, the FrightFest audience really is a great group of people. Here's to 2015!