SLEEPWORKING wins all the awards…

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… Well, not really, but it has been a wonderful few months for our film. First, SLEEPWORKING won the Audience Award for Best Short at the National Irish Science Fiction Film Festival 2013 (our trophy is the extremely spiffy steampunk ray gun seen to the left and below). Then we were awarded the Prix du Jury at the vast Utopiales Festival International de Science Fiction in Nantes (which would be the elegant glass monolith). THEN we won both Best Director at the Salty Horror Film Festival 2013 in Salt Lake City AND Best Short Cinematography at the HorrorQuest Film Festival 2013. Which brings our tally to seven awards and thirty-five festival screenings!

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As ever, I must pay tribute to my exemplary cast and crew. An undertaking as complex as SLEEPWORKING is the work of many hands, and the hands helping me were the best in the business.

On a personal note, for many years I wrote commissioned screenplays for broadcasters, television channels and productions companies which never saw the light of day. It was like writing in a sealed room. No one ever got to experience the work and decide whether they liked it or loathed it. SLEEPWORKING is the first time my filmmaking has actually gone out into the world, and audiences are finally getting the chance to make up their own minds. That feels like a mighty fine award in itself. The icing on the cake is that the response has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s been a great 2013.

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SLEEPWORKING: Audience award at Full Moon Festival in Romania!

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I am incredibly proud to announce that SLEEPWORKING won the Best Short Film Award at the wonderful Full Moon Fantasy and Horror Festival in Romania during August. This prize means even more to us as it was our first win by audience vote, so I want to thank all those who were kind enough to choose us. It’s a very special accolade. As an emerging film maker I feel particularly encouraged by this vote. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to make more, better, and longer films and return in years to come (perhaps in person!). That said, this is a team effort and a team win. As ever, I want to thank my exemplary cast and crew for their now multi award-winning efforts. A finer bunch of women and men you couldn’t hope to have on your film set! Well deserved back slaps all round.

Furthermore, SLEEPWORKING’s strong festival run continues to gather steam with four new acceptances in the last week alone: the film will now screen at the mighty Lund International Fantastic Film Festival 2013 in Sweden from 26th of September until Oct 5th, Manchester’s essential Grimmfest 2013 (2nd-6th of October), as well as première South American Puerto Rico Horror Film Fest and, finally, HorrorQuest 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Onwards and upwards. To infinity and beyond!

SLEEPWORKING: QUIET EARTH Review and “Making Of” Article

The Quiet Earth is very fine genre film news, reviews, and articles hub and the SLEEPWORKING team were absolutely delighted when they awarded the film their eponymous prize along with the Best Film award at the Festival du Film Merveilleux & Imaginaire in Paris a few weeks ago. Now they have posted a lovely review of the film, as well as giving me a platform to talk about the film’s genesis, influences, and the scarily demanding shoot. Here’s a sample…

“Everything in this little gem is what I like in modern science-fiction. Essentially fueled by the return to subtle effects, and a general aesthetics bordering more on the “realisme fantastique” of the french sixties and literary anticipation than your usual “oh look giant robots fist fucking lizards”-hypefest of retina destroying visuals. Being human in a different world not so far away from ours, basically Art as a way not only to entertain but also to explore the limits and boundaries of our condition.”

And a few of my musings…

“SLEEPWORKING depicts a cool-yet-nightmarish Kubrickian world five minutes down the line from our own, but it also explores a range of contemporary issues. In this future when you’re a sleepworker you literally have to graft every hour in the day, which isn’t too far from today’s post-crash dystopia where we’re constantly afraid for our jobs. We worry whether we’ll be able to support our families if we don’t agree to this agonising overtime, or take on grinding extra hours. In our world globalized business already mercilessly exploits its work force, turning us into sleepwalking drones. SLEEPWORKING uses genre tropes to explore themes of exploitation, madness, and greed. It’s not about five minutes in the future. It’s about here and now and we’re all sleepworkers.”

Read the full article HERE!

SLEEPWORKING wins Big in France!

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I am delighted and honoured to announce that my short film, SLEEPWORKING, has been awarded the Prix du Meilleur Film and the Quiet Earth Prize at the very wonderful Festival du Film Merveilleux 2013. These are our first awards for the film which has already screened at/ been chosen as an official selection for ten international film festivals, including Screamfest LA 2013, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2013, SciFi Weekender 4, SciFi London 2013, Balticon 47’s Sunday Night Film Festival in Maryland U.S.A, SFF-Rated Athens International Film Festival 2013, Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival 2013, Trieste Science+Fiction International Film Festival 2012, and Fantasycon, the Convention of the British Fantasy Society. I am incredibly proud of the achievement of my exemplary cast and crew. A heartfelt thanks to all of them as well as the organisers, jury, and audiences at Festival du Film Merveilleux. C’est Magnifique!

 

SLEEPWORKING in Athens!

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SLEEPWORKING TRAILER

My science fiction short film, SLEEPWORKING, receives its official festial premiere on Sunday December 9th in the international science fiction film festival Trieste S+F (http://www.sciencefictionfestival.org/profiles/sleepworking/)

Here is the trailer…