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Scots film scoops horror honours
A film shot on location in the south of Scotland has taken two awards at a movie festival in Spain.
The Dead Outside won best film and Kerry-Anne Mullaney took best director at the 10th Estepona International Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.
It was filmed in Auldgirth near Dumfries and beat off competition from some bigger budget rivals.
Ms Mullaney currently has two more feature films in the pipeline which she also hopes to shoot in the region.
She said she was delighted to have received the recognition for her work.
“I was so thrilled to receive best director. I never expected to receive best film too,” she said.
“People came up afterwards and told me how much they loved the film and its foreboding atmosphere.”
Ms Mullaney runs film company Mothcatcher along with producer Kris Bird.
They recently moved to the village of New Abbey in Dumfries and Galloway, from a base in Edinburgh.
Mr Bird said the festival awards were a “major achievement” which would hopefully help to secure the support necessary to start filming another feature film later this year.
Scottish cinema is not all kilts and drugs, and you’ll find that outside of Scottish Screen films actually get made that aren’t cliched, appeal to the current film audiences, and are really good. One Day Removals. for example, or a horror film I saw at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year, the excellent The Dead Outside.
There’s more great news for the film as it just won the Best Film and Best Director for Kerry-Anne Mullaney at the Estepona International Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.
These awards add to the Special Jury Mention at Festival Internazionale della Fantascienza di Trieste last year and the Best New Work, Director, Producer, and Writer at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards this year. The story comes through the BBC.
Frankly I don’t know why this film isn’t getting more publicity, and I hope I can help a little in that area, because it is so damned good and rather clever.
It was filmed in just fifteen days in Dumfries and Galloway and takes a huge, worldwide event and looks at the effect on a couple of isolated people.
While it’s deemed a zombie film, it’s really a psychological horror that takes some clever views of the lead characters, how they are affected by the events and how they interact with each other.
I really enjoyed the film when I saw it and, liked One Day Removals, was surprised by how good the film was. This is small scale Scottish cinema, unaided by the people who should really be helping Scotland grow their cinema base but is too interested in the big, headline grabbing names and projects.
I’d recommend keeping an eye out for The Dead Outside and for anything that this Scottish production team come up with next. I have high hopes for their next film, and the producer tells me that we’ll be hearing more when it develops.
As for now a well done to the team and the film, and a reminder to you all to try and get your eyes on this film. Here’s the official site to help out.
The Dead Outside is the first feature film from Kerry Anne Mullaney and Kris R. Bird’s Mothcatcher Films and features debut performances from Alton Milne (Daniel) and the then 16 year old Sandra Louise Douglas (April).
Set in the Highlands of Scotland (although filmed in the Borders) Mullaney and Bird tell an intimate tale of two survivors of a neurological disease which has effected all of Britain (and possibly the rest of the world). As the story progresses we’re introduced to Sharon Osdin as Kate, who threatens to break the strained relationship these two survivors have formed. With a closed off April refusing to reveal exactly her story it soon becomes clear that there’s much more to her existence than is first apparent.
Another twist on the zombie genre – a neurological pandemic has swept the United Kingdom, but those with the infection don’t die immediately, becoming increasingly incoherent, unstable and violent. The infection mutated, went airborne and the government’s so-called vaccine only slowed down the symptoms. The result: the infectious period was extended and the disease spread unnoticed and the virus wiped out most of the misinformed population. Six months later, and the landscape is littered with wandering psychopaths and scavenging survivors.
La décima edición del festival se desarrolló entre el 7 y el 12 de septiembre. La gran triunfadora de la muestra fue la cinta escocesa ‘The dead outside’, que obtuvo el premio a la mejor película y a la mejor dirección para Kerry Anne Mullaney.
La X Semana Internacional de Cine Fantástico y de Terror de Estepona ha sido patrocinada por la Diputación de Málaga y el Ayuntamiento de la localidad. Las publicaciones presentadas dentro del evento han tenido como tema central la mujer en el cine fantástico y la figura de los muertos vivientes, caso del escritor Ángel Gómez Rivero, que presentó su obra ‘Cine zombi’, que en palabras del autor ‘es el recorrido más exhaustivo editado en nuestro país sobre el cine protagonizado por muertos vivientes’.