Posted: Fri, 07 Jun 2019 10:58
Early Bird passes are now on sale for Mayhem Film Festival 2019, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 10-13 October.
Early Bird passes allow access to the full festival, including all films and special events. The passes are available for a limited period of time for just £70 for four days of exciting previews, premieres, special guests and events, showcasing the best horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world. To buy an Early Bird pass, please visit http://www.mayhemfilmfestival.com/tickets or contact the Broadway box office on 0115 952 6611.
Mayhem is also on the lookout for short films for its ever-popular Short Film Showcase. Ahead of its 15th edition, Mayhem will be accepting local, national and international entries, hoping to compile another selection of outstanding short films for what remains a much-loved part of the festival's programme, and still one of its most popular screenings each year.
Now a four-day event, Mayhem originally started as a single compilation of short films, and the short film selection still holds an important place in the festival's schedule. Mayhem 2018 was the biggest edition yet and the festival continues to expand, welcoming more special guests, celebrating new and emerging talent, and highlighting bold and exciting new feature and short films from the dark edges of genre and beyond.
The call for short films is now open and filmmakers can submit their entry, for free, until midnight on Friday 16 August. Submissions must be less than 18 months old and under 22-minute long. To submit your short, complete the submission form at http://bit.ly/MayhemShorts2019
Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:34
We're excited to announce our 2019 dates! We'll be back at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham on 10-13 October 2019!
In the meantime, we have a number of recommendations for you for the next few weeks.
Our co-directors, Chris Cooke and Steven Sheil, will introduce a screening of Lars Von Trier's The House That Jack Built on Sunday 10 March.
In a mesmerising career best, Matt Dillon plays failed architect turned serial killer Jack who leads us through the thought process behind his increasingly more depraved acts of murder which he names "incidents". As he retells his crimes to Verge, as if they were all individual works of art in themselves, the audience is invited to question the nature of artistry, where its limits lie and when is far too far? And with pitch black humour and undeniable cinematic vision, von Trier delights in taking us there.
There's no redemptive narrative arc to The House That Jack Built; it's murder as farce, and if you can stomach it, you're in for one hell of a trip." – Sci-Fi Now
Feminist horror film collective The Final Girls present a selection of short films from some of the most exciting new female voices in international genre cinema. Films that delve deep into the darkest corners of the human existence, bringing an unforgettable array of monsters and horrors to the screen. The Final Girls bring the second edition of their sold-out tour We Are The Weirdos to Broadway, Nottingham on Thursday 28 February, shining a spotlight on some of the up-and-coming filmmakers and their fresh (and perverse) takes on the horror genre.
The programme is touring the country. Click here to check your nearest screening.
In space no one can hear you scream… By transplanting the classic haunted house scenario into space, Ridley Scott produced a work of genuinely original cinematic sci-fi that remains shockingly fresh even after repeated viewings. Alien is back on the big screen nationwide for its 40th anniversary and in glorious 4K on Friday 1 March.
Broadway, Nottingham are bringing back Shin'ichiro Ueda's fantastically inventive One Cut of the Dead by popular demand from Monday 4 March. The film is still being shown around the country so check your local listings if you're not in the Nottingham area.
It starts as a zombie apocalypse film shot in one take until… well, until it isn't anymore. We can't tell you much about this one, you're just going to have to trust us when we tell you this is one of the most joyous, inventive and laugh-out-loud funny films of the year. Made on a tiny budget, the film became an instant box office hit in Japan despite its complete lack of marketing campaign. It's just *that* brilliant!
"The only thing more fun than the 37-minute single-take opening is what comes next." - Film School Rejects
Opening around the country on Friday 8 March is Ali Abbasi's astonishing new film Border.
Tina is not like everyone else. She looks different and she can sense or smell how people feel – a skill that makes her an invaluable border control agent. When she meets Vore, who shares her physical traits and seems to know things she doesn't, her life is disrupted completely. Equal parts folktale, harrowing crime drama, love story and pitch-dark fantasy, Border is a remarkable film challenging the borders of morality, beauty, gender and sexuality in the most unexpected manner.
"An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions." - VarietyFinally, Jordan Peele's highly-anticipated follow-up to Get Out, Us, hits British screens from Friday 22 March.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers, Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
Posted: Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:54
We are delighted to announce that Richard Ramchurn's brain-controlled film, The Moment, will be screening at Mayhem throughout the festival, and you may be able to change its narrative.
The Moment is a story set on the cusp of the Singularity. The story explores three narratives in a dystopian future where brain-computer interfaces are both a source of social threat and potential revelation. The film speaks about our present relationships with each other via social media and its facilitation of rise of far-right ideologies.
The Moment is an interactive film which uses a Brain Computer Interface to collect attention data from the viewer and recombine into a real-time narrative. Each time the film is watched, the rhythms of the viewer's brain data creates a new narrative combination – in total, there are 18 billion combinations. The Moment is the second brain-controlled film from writer/director Richard Ramchurn.
The Moment will screen as part of Mayhem Film Festival, at Broadway, Nottingham in Room 2, at the following times:
THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER
FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER
SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER
SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER
One viewer will be able to control the film whilst others can watch the experience unfold.
The Moment is a reaction to the post truth world. It holds up a mirror and reminds people of their own agency, and responsibility. Technology is being positioned to merge with us: Google's director of engineering Ray Kurzweil and Elon Musk have both independently stated that for biological intelligence to stay relevant it must merge with machines. This is the subject of great debate in the media, this experience uses the technology to raise awareness of brain computer interfaces and acts as a provocation to their future uses.
See the trailer at http://braincontrolledmovie.co.uk
Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:19
With just one month to go until its 14th edition, Mayhem Film Festival have just revealed the line-up for their Short Film Showcase, which will screen on the Saturday of the festival.
This year's line-up include the following films (in alphabetical order):
AND THE BABY SCREAMED // Dir.Dan Gitsham, UK, 3m29
CATCALLS // Dir. Kate Dolan, Ireland, 8m39
COYOTE // Dir. Lorenz Wunderle, Switzerland, 9m55
DICK AND STEWART: I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE // Dir. Richard Littler, UK, 12m49
HEARTLESS (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Kevin Sluder, US, 12m24
HUNTED (WORLD PREMIERE) // Dir. Owen Tooth, UK, 5m41
MILK // Dir. Santiago Menghini, Canada, 9m48
SALT // Dir. Rob Savage, UK, 2m
THE BLUE DOOR // Dir. Paul Taylor, UK, 9m14
TiCK //Dir. Ashlea Wessel, Canada, 13m5
ULISES (UK PREMIERE) // Dir. Jorge Malpica, Mexico, 8m
WE SUMMONED A DEMON // Dir. Chris McInroy, US, 5m52
Mayhem Film Festival originally started as a single collection of short films before growing into the four-day weekend it is now, and so its Short Film Showcase remains at the heart of the festival with its traditional Saturday slot, and one of the most popular and beloved events of the programme each year.
Mayhem's full line-up was revealed last week and individual tickets, day passes and full festival passes are now on sale.
Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 11-14 October 2018 at Broadway, Nottingham.
Posted: Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:06
Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the full line-up for its 2018 edition, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11-14 October. The festival showcases the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, and guested screenings each year.
Mayhem 2018 starts as it means to go on with Scottish zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, which opens the festival on Thursday 11 October, and will be followed by a Q&A with director John McPhail. Aislinn Clarke will present a screening of her found-footage chiller The Devil's Doorway, set in one of Ireland's notorious Magdalene asylums. Writer-director Marc Price (smash-hit zombie flick Colin) will also attend the festival to present his action-packed crime-thriller Nightshooters, where things get messy when a hapless film crew on a late-night shoot accidentally record a gangland execution.
Mayhem's 14th edition will play host to no fewer than three UK Premieres, with exclusive first screenings of Nosipho Dumisa's Cape Town-set Hitchcock homage Number 37, slow-burning science-fiction indie Prospect, and – as previously announced – Shinsuke Sato's live-action manga adaptation Inuyashiki.
Already proving popular following last month's announcement and certain to be festival highlights are Panos Cosmatos' cosmic fever dream Mandy, starring a truly top-form Nicolas Cage, and Japanese box-office sensation One Cut of the Dead.
Delving into the archives, Mayhem is pleased to present a rare screening of Erik Blomberg's strange and supernatural 1952 Finnish folktale, The White Reindeer, and the Dario Argento-produced 1985 cult classic Demons.
This year's edition also includes screenings of horror anthologies Nightmare Cinema and The Field Guide to Evil – both previously announced – as well as preview screenings of Brazilian director Dennison Romalho's macabre mortuary horror The Nightshifter, Nicolas Pesce's darkly comic Piercing, starring Mia Wasikowska,the hilariouslybad-taste splatterfest Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, and haunted-house horror The Witch in the Window. Colin Minihan's grueling survival thriller What Keeps You Alive will close the festival.
The ever-popular short film programme and Mayhem's fiendish film quiz, The Flinterrogation - hosted by author David Flint - both return to round off this year's line-up.
Early Bird passes will remain on sale at the discounted price of £65 until 10AM on Monday 10 September, at which time individual tickets, day passes and full festival passes – at the standard price of £75 – will be made available.
Mayhem Film Festival takes place on 11-14 October 2018 at Broadway, Nottingham.
You can see our full line-up and schedule HERE.
Mayhem Film Festival announces THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY, MANDY, WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE, ONE CUT OF THE DEAD and NIGHTMARE CINEMA
Posted: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:17
As its 14th edition creeps ever closer, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the next set of titles from this year's programme.
Mayhem is to present a screening of Aislinn Clarke's found-footage chiller The Devil's Doorway. In rural Ireland in 1960, two Catholic priests are sent from the Vatican to investigate reports of miraculous activity in a remote home for 'fallen women', only to discover that altogether darker forces may be at work. Mayhem is pleased to welcome director Aislinn Clarke to take part in a post-screening Q&A.
Showing in the festival's coveted Friday late-night slot, Nicolas Cage goes full... well, Nicolas Cage with a fantastically high-octane performance in Panos Cosmatos' cosmic revenge thriller Mandy. Pacific Northwest, 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.
Next up in this year's programme is Colin Minihan's grueling survival thriller What Keeps You Alive. On the eve of their first wedding anniversary, Jules and Jackie become embroiled in a merciless fight for their lives against the most unexpected of adversaries - each other. As violence rains down upon their idyllic forest getaway, the women engage in a frenzied physical - and psychological - battle that tests the very limits of their instinct to survive.
Also screening at this year's festival is Shin'inchiro Ueda's unmissable micro-budget zombie movie, and Japanese box-office sensation, One Cut of The Dead. Playing to sell-out audiences since its release, the film has made more than 250 times its budget, and counting. During the making of a small-scale zombie flick, all hell breaks loose when a real zombie outbreak erupts on set - a gleeful horror-comedy packed with seriously entertaining monster mayhem and an epic 37-minute single-take opening.
Wrapping up this second wave of announcements, Mayhem presents Nightmare Cinema, a new horror anthology uniting masters of genre cinema - including Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, Masters of Horror) and Joe Dante (Gremlins) - for five gruesome tales of terror featuring sinister surgeons, brain-spiders and killer nuns.
Mayhem's full line-up will be announced early September. Discounted Early Bird Passes are still available to purchase.
Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11 – 14 October 2018.
Posted: Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:55
With its 14th edition now just a few of months away, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the first three titles from its 2018 programme.
Mayhem will host the UK Premiere of Shinsuke Sato's Inuyashiki. A turbo-charged live action adaptation of the best-selling sci-fi manga series, Inuyashiki follows a downtrodden middle-aged man and an isolated teenager reborn as indestructible cyborgs after an apparent alien encounter. But whilst one uses his powers for good, the other seeks to wreak murderous havoc on humanity.
Also in this year's line-up is the British zombie musical taking international horror film festivals by storm, Anna and the Apocalypse. When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven, Anna and her friends must brutally battle - as well as sing and dance - their way to safety with an ever-growing horde of the undead in relentless pursuit. It's a 'High School Musical Of The Living Dead' - yes really.
Concluding Mayhem's first round of announcements, the festival will screen the folklore-inspired horror anthology The Field Guide to Evil. From the creators of the cult classic The ABCs of Death, the film sees eight of the finest international directors – including Agnieszka Smoczyńska (The Lure) and Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) – explore the universal nature of human fear with stories inspired by myths, legends, and strange tales from around the world.
More events, films and guests for Mayhem 2018 will be announced later in the summer. Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11–14 October 2018. Early Bird Passes are still available for just £65. For more information, please visitwww.mayhemfilmfestival.com
Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:29
Early Bird passes are now on sale for Mayhem Film Festival 2018, which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11-14 October.
Early Bird passes allow access to the full festival, including all films and special events. The passes are available for a limited period of time for just £65 for four days of exciting previews, premieres, special guests and events, showcasing the best horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world. To buy an Early Bird pass, please click HERE or contact the Broadway box office on 0115 952 6611.
Mayhem is also on the lookout for short films for its ever-popular Short Film Showcase. Ahead of its 14th edition, Mayhem will be accepting local, national and international entries, hoping to compile another selection of outstanding short films for what remains a much-loved part of the festival's programme, and still one of its most popular screenings each year.
Now a four-day event, Mayhem originally started as a single compilation of short films, and the short film selection still holds an important place in the festival's schedule. Mayhem Film Festival continues to expand, welcoming more special guests, celebrating new and emerging talent, and highlighting bold and exciting new feature and short films from the dark edges of genre and beyond.
The call for short films is now open and filmmakers can submit their entry, for free, until midday on Friday 17 August. To submit your scary short, please email Melissa Gueneau at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 11-14 October 2018.
Posted: Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:00
The early 1920s. The passenger zeppelin Helios heads across the arctic wastes, searching for any sign of a lost expedition from ten years earlier. When storm clouds hit and the zeppelin is forced off-course it finds itself forced to confront a lost world that holds secrets from beyond time - including a flock of deadly flying predators…
Zeppelin V Pterodactyls is a live stage reading of a script developed by Mayhem Film Festival from a scenario written for Hammer Films by David Allen in 1970. The original scenario forms part of the Hammer Films collection at De Montfort University's Cinema and Television History (CATH) archive.
JONNY PHILLIPS as THE NARRATOR
THOMAS FARTHING as GORDON EASTON
Thomas is a film and stage actor from Derby. For more information on Thomas's work see: https://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/8216-0169-4090
MELVYN RAWLINSON as DR. EDMUND FULMER
Melvyn has been an actor for over 30 years specialising in Mask and Physical Theatre and toured across Britain and Europe with his solo show The Pied Piper of Hamelin. More recently, Melvyn has been seen in commercials, short films and local theatre, where he has played a range of diverse characters including a time travelling Gnome, a malevolent paranormal investigator, and Nottingham's very own philanthropist and abolitionist, Samuel Morley. He is just about to record the next thrilling instalments with the Black Library for the War Hammer series of audio Dramas. Having grown up during Hammer's heyday he is delighted to be involved with bringing to life one of the studio's lost treasures.
OLIVIA NEWTON as DELANDRIA
Olivia is an actor from Nottingham who trained at the Television Workshop under Ian Smith.
ROB GOLL as CAPTAIN RAMSEY
Rob trained at Bretton Hall. His theatre credits include: NEAT 16 Studio Ensemble; The Second Minute; The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui; The League of Youth (Nottingham Playhouse); King Lear; Much Ado About Nothing; Henry V; The Tempest; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet; Twelfth Night; Richard II; Richard III (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); Sleuth (Quirksome Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Garden Theatre). Television credits include: Panto! Mayhem, Make Up and Magic (BBC Storyville/Met Film/Glimmer Films).Other credits include: Narrator of 20 Audiobook titles, mainly Sci-Fi and Fantasy, with some Horror, Historical Fiction and a spot of Poetry.
SYLVIA ROBSON as RUTH IMRIE
In 2014 Sylvia was named Female Actor to Watch by Sarah Bodinar (Nottingham Evening Post) for her role in A Dozen Summers (film). Recently she has been touring with Shakespeare theatre productions and just completed a run in Middlesbrough with a thriller The Nightmare Room. For more information on Sylvia's work see here:
Zeppelin V Pterodactyls features an original score by Gavin Morrow and Gerallt Ruggiero.
Script by Steven Sheil from an original outline by David Allen.
Posted: Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:43
Hammer Films is a mainstay in British popular culture. The revival of the British gothic horror in the late 1950s, coupled with the iconic, indelible pairing of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, cemented the company's status as one of Britain's most renowned film studios. Yet for every classic Hammer Film like The Quatermass Xperiment, The Curse of Frankenstein or Dracula, film historians and fans of the studio find themselves equally intrigued by the Hammer Films that never made it to the screen. These unmade films not only provide a number of intriguing 'what-if' scenarios for the history of the studio, but by providing new production and development contexts, can also offer us new insights into how Hammer operated at the height of its powers.
One of the earliest and most infamous unmade Hammer Films was Night Creatures,an adaptation of Richard Matheson's seminal novel I Am Legend, adapted into a screenplay for Hammer by Matheson himself in 1957. Hammer's regular clashes with the British censor are legendary, with films such as The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula all keenly contested, and Hammer's The Curse of the Werewolf irrevocably altered by the censor's interference. However, Night Creatures was one of the few projects where Hammer failed to placate the censor, with the script by Matheson being dismissed outright. The rejection of Matheson's screenplay left Hammer with no choice but to cancel the film, but remnants of The Night Creatures still exist. Hammer sold the script to Robert Lippert, who produced the I Am Legend adaptation The Last Man on Earth in 1964. Hammer even made sure the title didn't go to waste, with The Night Creatures being used as the American title of Captain Clegg in 1962.
However, despite the censor scuppering Night Creatures, Hammer had a remarkably successful produced to unproduced ratio throughout the late 1950s and 1960s. It was not until the 1970s, with the American and British Film industry on the verge of collapse, that Hammer began to see some of it's more ambitious projects fall by the wayside.
In the early 1970s, Hammer began to realise that their gothic horror formula was no longer securing finance and distribution from increasingly risk-adverse American studios. As a result, Hammer's owner Michael Carreras embarked on a new, ambitious strategy, putting a number of large-scale multi-million dollar pictures into production, with the hope that their cross-market appeal and potential for international box office would make them more appealing to financiers. This strategy ultimately proved unsuccessful, but it led to a number of intriguing unmade prospects at Hammer.
Perhaps the apex of this strategy was Hammer's unmade Nessie, a proposed $7million monster movie which would have seen an irradiated Loch Ness Monster emerge from the Loch and terrorise international waters. The project was developed as a co-production between Hammer, Columbia and Toho Studios, who were to provide distribution in Japan as well as providing the special effects to bring Nessie to life. The project proved too ambitious for Hammer, with a big budget production proving unworkable for the company against the back-drop of a failing film industry.
The decline of the industry also put paid to Hammer's planned adaptation of the science fiction comic-book Vampirella. Another attempt at a big-budget production, the film got remarkably close to making it to the screen. Michael Carreras promoted the project in New York, taking stars Peter Cushing and Barbra Leigh to the Famous Monster Convention in November 1975 to promote the film. The Hammer Script Archive at De Montfort University even holds an expenses document that budgets the potential hotel expenses of the stars during production. Ultimately however the state of the film industry, as well as complex rights issues surrounding the character of Vampirella, meant the project never made it in front of the cameras.
These projects were all developed extensively at Hammer, with Night Creatures, Nessie and Vampirella all having screenplays, directors and stars attached. However, a project such as the intriguingly titled Zeppelins V Pterodactyls, where only a storyline and poster were produced, offers a number of other intriguing questions. Who would have starred? Who would have directed? How would the brief outline's plot be developed into a full screenplay? Although these questions will sadly remain hypothetical, the screenplay developed by Steven Sheil based on the outline, to be performed in a one-off script reading at Mayhem Festival, can at least offer us a tantalising glimpse behind the curtain of one of the greatest what-ifs in Hammer's history.
Kieran Foster is based at De Montfort University as a Midlands3Cities/AHRC funded PhD student, currently undertaking his 3rd year of study. His thesis uses the archival materials available at De Montfort University's Hammer Script Archive in order to examine the unmade projects of Hammer Films.