The Dead Outside wins Jury Mention at Science+Fiction

Science+Fiction, Trieste


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Scottish indie horror feature “The Dead Outside” wins Special Jury Mention in the Best Feature Film Award at the Trieste International Science+Fiction Film Festival (Italy), one of Europe’s oldest and most influential genre-film festivals. Staring newcomers Alton Milne and young Sandra Louise Douglas,“The Dead Outside” is the debut feature-film from Dumfries-born director Kerry Anne Mullaney.

Co-written with Producer Kris R Bird, “The Dead Outside” follows a man and a young girl who struggle to build a new life in the Scottish countryside following a devastating plague. Whilst invoking a beautiful sense of isolation and dread, the film explores the sensitive subject of euthanasia, making it an unusually intimate exploration into the morality of life, death, and compassion. The deft handling of such emotive topics make the film an elegant and poetic piece of film-making in a genre that so often lacks subtlety.

Lauded by the festival jurors for its “idiosyncratic review of the genre”, “The Dead Outside” beat off much bigger budget competition from the likes of Eden Log [FR], Chrysalis [US] and Mutant Chronicles [UK]. As the feature-debut from the young Edinburgh-based production company Mothcatcher Films, the very making of “The Dead Outside” is a tale of overcoming the odds. It was shot in Dumfries & Galloway on an extremely low budget, with most cast & crew having previously only worked on short-films. Producer Kris R Bird, “As first-time filmmakers we were unable to raise finance for the project, but we didn’t let it deter us. We self-financed the production, and 18 months of hard work later we’re elated to be getting such a great response from critics and festivals.” “The Dead Outside” had its World Premiere two months earlier in front of a 600-strong crowd at London’s Film4 FrightFest, the UK’s premiere genre-film festival.

With “The Dead Outside” still running the film-festival circuit in preparation for a 2009 release, the team are already planning their second picture, the sci-fi/horror film “Arthropoda”.

Director Kerry Anne Mullaney, “My real motivation was to get out and make the kind of films that I’d love to watch. I think that there’s been a shortage of strong, psychological horror films that don’t simply fall back on ‘shock-value’ and gore for their impact, so it’s fantastic to be getting recognition for what we’re doing!”

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