Dead by Dawn 2016 is over and we thank all our film-makers and our gorgeous audience for making it a huge success!
Our full line-up included World and UK Premieres of which a whopping seven were feature debuts. They were joined by a fine selection of rare classics and a plethora of delicious and disturbing short films!
We were delighted to host Dan Pringle and Adam Merrifield for their World Premiere of K-SHOP, Gareth Bryn and Dyfan Dwyfar for their Scottish Premiere of YR YMADAWIAD aka THE PASSING, and Nikias Chryssos for his UK Premiere of DER BUNKER.
THURSDAY 21 APRIL
2030 – Jeremy Saulnier’s GREEN ROOM
2245 – UK Premiere of K-SHOP + Q&A with Dan Pringle and Adam Merrifield
FRIDAY 22 APRIL
1145 – Adrian Lyne’s JACOB’S LADDER
1415 – 2D & DERANGED + WHAT YOU MAKE IT short film programmes
2D & DERANGED is SO not suitable for children! A wild mix of styles awaits you – there’s a lesson in the perils of night-time adventuring in Richard Hickey’s FRANCIS; a baby-sitting gig goes awry on a dark and stormy night in David Romero’s OTHER LILY; you’ll never look at a humble hand-drier the same way after Dave Carter’s ALT-TAB; an accident leads to a wave of deranged self-expression in Joris, Job and Marieke’s MUTE and a beloved Disney classic gets a mind-blowing – and gruesome – make-over thanks to Lee Hardcastle’s FROZEN BLOOD TEST.
And then we segue seamlessly in WHAT YOU MAKE IT which is always for films that couldn’t traditionally be defined as horror but will delight those with an abundance of morbid curiosity or a very twisted sense of humour. A Victorian photographer has a short time to capture a unique moment in Edouard de La Poëze’s LA SEANCE; a salesman has a difficult time closing the deal with a very demanding client in Dael Oates’ DEATH IN BLOOM; Hairy Soul Man wants to know the human capacity for love in Kai Smythe’s HOW DEEP CAN I GO?; the sweetest retired couple explain why they thought it was cute to move into a murder site in Nick Coles’ THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT and we close with THE NEST, a deeply disturbing and upsetting new short from the masterly David Cronenberg.
Now, here’s a fun thing. In order to keep the Filmhouse booking system happy – which I’m sure will count in my favour when our robot overlords rise up against the puny humans – 2 consecutive shorts programmes had to have just one title. So the joining together in unholy screen matrimony of 2D & Deranged and What You Make It is now called “Ignorance Is Bliss” as far as buying an individual ticket is concerned. Confused? I should hope so. There’s nothing simple in life that can’t be complicated with a little time, effort and talent. I assume this brief, clear, concise explanation will have helped. Fainting couches and smelling salts available to the weak of heart and knees. It’s always 1885 somewhere, I reckon. If you have a Pass, these retitling shenanigans don’t affect you at all!
1615 – Scottish Premiere of YR YMADAWIAD aka THE PASSING + Q&A with Gareth Bryn and Ed Talfan
1945 – UK Premiere of Joseph Wartnerchaney’s DECAY
2215 – WES CRAVEN Tribute Double Bill (Both 35mm)
NEW NIGHTMARE + THE HILLS HAVE EYES
SATURDAY 23 APRIL
1200 – Scottish Premiere of Kristjan Thor’s ASTRAEA
1415 – WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE short film programme
Whether in the great outdoors or the urban sprawl, feral creatures prey on the unsuspecting! A young girl is lured into the woods beyond her garden in Brian Deane’s FOXGLOVE; festival fave’s The Meza Brothers return with the story of a migrant worker who crosses the wrong border in BONIATO; a social occasion becomes gloriously, aggressively territorial in Gabriel Olson’s THE BRIDGE PARTNER; some happy hikers don’t pay enough attention to survival tips in Méryl Fortunat-Rossi and Xavier Seron’s L’OURS NOIR and a man takes steps to deal with a late night disturbance in JD Chua’s BAD THROTTLE. If only they’d all listened to Admiral Akbar, things might have ended differently…
1615 – UK Premiere of DER BUNKER + Q&A with director Nikias Chryssos
1945 – UK Premiere of Danny Perez’ ANTIBIRTH
2200 – Scottish Premiere of Hèctor Hernández Vicens’ THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ
SUNDAY 24 APRIL
1230 – UK Premiere of Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet’s CREATURE DESIGNERS
1445 – APOCALYPSE SOON Short Film Programme
These films depict wildly different but equally grim visions of the near-future; possible scenarios for humanity not far enough removed from possibility to comfortably count as fantasy. In Lluis Quilez’ GRAFFITI, the world has ended and a lone survivor ekes out a meagre existence until one day he comes back to his rooms to something very unexpected; a family hides out in a bunker but the youngest child wants to see the threat for herself in Steve Desmond’s MONSTERS and in Matt Richards’ THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIE BINGHAM, the finality of capital punishment is replaced by an infinitely more emotive and dangerous option. These are all films to make you want to fight for what you have now, because the alternatives are so, so much worse!
1630 – UK Premiere of Larry Kent’s SHE WHO MUST BURN
1915 – I BLAME THE PARENTS Short Film Programme
This jaw-dropping selection runs the gamut of neglectful parenting. You may never look at your own children in quite the same way again! Some lonely kids get weirdly inventive when ignored in Rick Spears’ BLACK EYES; an old man gets a surprise visit in Jan van Gorkum’s DE KLEINZOON; the scars of childhood are faced head-on by estranged siblings in Ben Callis’ VIKING; there’s no escaping a lifetime of disappointment for one woman in Aaron B Koontz’ HONOR STUDENT; the priest arrives just in time for a difficult birth in Brian Deane’s BLIGHT and a couple head out for the night leaving their child with a near-stranger in festival fave Ryan Spindell’s THE BABYSITTER MURDERS. What could possibly go wrong?
2130 – Scottish Premiere of Bo Mikkelsen’s SORGENFRI
0000 – Anders Thomas Jensen’s MEN & CHICKEN