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Guests confirmed for opening night of Mayhem 2021

Guests confirmed for opening night of Mayhem 2021

Posted: Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:00

Mayhem is pleased to announce confirmed guests for this year's edition of the festival, which takes place from Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 October 2021.

We are delighted to be joined on the opening night of Mayhem 2021 by the co-director of behind-the-scenes documentary Alien on Stage, Danielle Kummer, as well as star of the play, Lydia Hayward, who plays Ripley, and the play's director, Dave Mitchell.

Alien on Stage sees a group of Dorset bus drivers remake sci-fi classic Alien for the stage - all on a shoestring budget - and triumphantly take it to the West End stage. It screens at Mayhem on Thursday 14 October at 7PM.

A very limited number of tickets are still available to book online via our Tickets page.

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Online booking now available for Mayhem 2021 (Monday 4 October)

Online booking now available for Mayhem 2021 (Monday 4 October)

Posted: Mon, 04 Oct 2021 15:36

Tickets for Mayhem 2021 are now available to book online, following technical issues last week. Please visit our Ticketing page to book.

Seating for this year's festival is allocated, so you'll need to pick your seats when booking for each film.

A very limited number of full weekend passes are available via Broadway's Box Office only - please call 0115 952 6600 or drop in in person to book.

Thank you for your patience, and happy booking!

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Online bookings down due to technical issue (Friday 1 October)

Online bookings down due to technical issue (Friday 1 October)

Posted: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 17:45

Our host venue Broadway is currently experiencing technical issues with online bookings for Mayhem.

Please call the Box Office on 0115 952 6600 or visit in person (open from 12PM daily) to book your tickets and passes.

We apologise for any inconvenience, and we hope to have online sales available soon.

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Individual tickets available from Friday 1 October for Mayhem 2021

Individual tickets available from Friday 1 October for Mayhem 2021

Posted: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 18:00

With just over two weeks to go until Mayhem 2021 gets underway, we're pleased to finally announce that individual tickets will go on sale at midday on Friday 1 October.

Due to the uncertainty that the pandemic has brought, we've had to wait to confirm if individual tickets would be possible for this year's festival, so we're very happy to now be able to release a limited number of tickets for each film. Browse this year's full line-up here.

As with passes this year, seating is allocated to allow for social distancing and so you'll need to pick a specific seat for each screening when you book your tickets.

From Friday, full weekend passes will be available via Broadway's Box Office only. Visit the Box Office in person or contact Broadway over the phone on 0115 952 6600 to book.

See you all at Broadway, Nottingham - Thursday 14-Sunday 17 October 2021.

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Mayhem Film Festival reveals Short Film Showcase line-up for 2021

Mayhem Film Festival reveals Short Film Showcase line-up for 2021

Posted: Tue, 21 Sep 2021 17:17

With just under one month to go until the doors open on another weekend of horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, Mayhem Film Festival has revealed the titles that will make up their popular Short Film Showcase screening on Saturday 16 October.

Featuring titles from across the world, this year's line-up includes the following films (in alphabetical order):

A TALE BEST FORGOTTEN//Dir.Tomas Stark, Sweden, 5m8

BLACK MOON//Dir.Ryan Graff, US, 8m01

DEMON//Dir.Colin Friend & Mitch Findlay, Canada, 13m

EYE EXAM//Dir.Aislinn Clarke, UK, 2m52

HOUSEHOLD DEMONS//Dir.John Gray, US, 9m01

NIGHTINGALE//Dir.Jasper de Bruin, Netherlands, 14m55

THE THING THAT ATE BIRDS//Dir.Sophie Mair & Dan Gitsham, UK, 11m52

THEY'RE HERE//Dir.Sid Zanforlin, Canada, 12m

WAFFLE//Dir.Carlyn Hudson, US, 10m57

Due to social distancing measures, there are only a limited number of festival passes still available for this year's festival. Visit Broadway Cinema's website to book.

As the festival evolved from the original Short Film Showcase, short films have always been at the heart of Mayhem Film Festival and continue to be an opportunity to see up-and-coming directors and celebrate genre cinema.

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Mayhem Film Festival announces full line-up and extra weekend pass availability  for 2021 edition

Mayhem Film Festival announces full line-up and extra weekend pass availability for 2021 edition

Posted: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 18:05

Mayhem Film Festival returns this October with a feast of horror, sci-fi and cult titles from around the world and - after a quick sell-out of weekend passes in August - a limited number of additional passes for the weekend are now on sale.

We're kicking off on Thursday 14 October with our previously announced opening film, behind-the-scenes documentary Alien On Stage, in which an unlikely group of Dorset bus drivers put on a DIY production of Alien and take it to the West End stage.

Next up this year is underwater ghost story The Deep House - also already announced - which plunges us into the depths of a submerged haunted house for a literally immersive horror experience.

Up from the vaults, Mayhem opens its archive for the second day of the festival on Friday 15 October to resurrect a lesser-seen British horror film of yesteryear - a dark gem of Gothic cinema, 1949's Queen of Spades, in which a gambler becomes obsessed with an old lady, said to have sold her soul to the devil in order to win at cards.

Friday's line-up continues with The Show, a noir-fantasy set in Northampton, written by comics legend Alan Moore. Trippy, multi-layered and shot through with droll humour, The Show is an idiosyncratic delight.

We carry on into the evening with a smart and genuinely surprising sci-fi black comedy, Night Drive, which sees a ride-share driver's life begin to fall apart when he picks up his last passenger and accidentally hits a pedestrian.

Closing the Friday night of the festivalisSouth Korean cat-and-mouse thriller, Oh-Seung Kwon's Midnight. A serial-killing psychopath is interrupted in his latest crime by a young deaf woman - and so begins a non-stop, all-night, life-or-death chase packed with tension and twists.

We're starting Saturday 16 October off with an all-animated dark fantasy horror The Spine of Night, featuring the voices of Richard E. Grant and Lucy Lawless. A psychedelic, hallucinogenic epic of outrageous violence, ancient gods and courageous heroes set in a land of magic and mysticism, The Spine of Night is unlike anything we've ever screened.

Second on Saturday is a stylish, haunting and intense psychological portrait Knocking. A woman leaves a psychiatric ward and finds herself placed alone in a new apartment where she begins to hear mysterious knocking sounds.

Feed on the blood of fresh filmmaking talent with the return of the always-popular Mayhem Short Film Showcase on Saturday afternoon, presenting a selection of scary, weird and wonderful shorts from around the world and closer to home.

From the producers of The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil comes a new experience in action – the genre-bending, high-octane sci-fi thriller Spiritwalker. A man wakes up in a different body every twelve hours, each time forced to discover who he is - all the while being pursued by a secret organisation. He must find his way back into his real body before it's too late!

This year's Mayhem Midnight Movie on Saturday night is Brian De Palma's 1974 cult classic Phantom of the Paradise. Mixing the plots of The Phantom of the Opera and Faust, and adding a great score and cool songs, this is De Palma (Carrie, Blow Out) at his most stylish and stylised – a genuine midnight movie masterpiece.

We're starting off the final day of the festival on Sunday 17 October with the hilariously hyperactive satire Get the Hell Out, where Taiwan's parliament becomes a deadly battleground when a virus transforms politicians into bloodthirsty mutant zombies.

Fresh from winning rave reviews at its international premiere at Fantasia, there's hell to pay when a lonely teenager discovers her family's connections to witchcraft in occult coming-of-age story Hellbender, from the incredibly creative Adams family.

Later on Sunday is horroranthology The Night Shift. Looking for inspiration, an artist visits a run-down housing estate and interviews the building's caretaker, who has many strange and uncanny tales to tell…

In the penultimate slot for this year's festival is the unique Nordic folktale Lamb, a strange and daring debut from special effects master-turned-director Valdimar Jóhannsson. A childless couple discover a mysterious newborn on their remote farm in Iceland. Soon they're experiencing the joy of family – but before long, family will tear them apart.

We're closing Mayhem 2021 in style withthe must-see, one-take sci-fi comedy Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes. Tokyo café owner Kato returns home from work to find a message from his future self on his computer screen… and soon this strange phenomenon gets chaotically out of hand. Praised for its inventiveness by the creator of One Cut of the Dead - which went down a storm at Mayhem 2018 – it's sure to be a festival favourite this year.

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Mayhem Film Festival announces THE DEEP HOUSE and ALIEN ON STAGE, and confirms plans for 2021 edition

Mayhem Film Festival announces THE DEEP HOUSE and ALIEN ON STAGE, and confirms plans for 2021 edition

Posted: Sat, 07 Aug 2021 17:05

With our 17th edition already fast approaching, Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the first two titles for our 2021 programme, and reveal our updated plans for this year's edition in light of ongoing restrictions.

Following last year's scaled-down Skeleton Edition of the festival, Mayhem is set to return to Broadway Cinema from 14-17 October, and we're currently working towards hosting a full-flesh, four-day edition for 2021. First up for this year's festival is underwater ghost story The Deep House. Reminiscent of that legendary moment from Dario Argento's Inferno, the directors of the extreme cinema, envelope-pushing Inside plunge us into the depths of a submerged haunted house to create a literally immersive horror experience.

Mayhem's second film confirmed for this year's edition is documentary Alien On Stage, following a group of DIY, Dorset-based bus drivers as they remake Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Alien for the stage - all on a shoestring budget - and triumphantly take it to the West End stage. This behind-the-scenes documentary catalogues the journey from early rehearsals to opening night and will leave you grinning from ear to ear and cheering the underdogs on to victory.

Mayhem's always-popular perennial - the Short Film Showcase - will return for 2021 too.

Seating for this year's festival will be allocated to allow for social distancing, and so specific seats will need to be selected when purchasing festival passes. An initial limited release of full festival passes will go on sale week commencing 16 August, with more passes made available at a later date. We'll remain responsive to the ever-evolving pandemic situation and will make any required adjustments to our plans as necessary, and keep all passholders updated. Guidance will be continually reviewed in the run-up to this year's festival, and all screenings and events will be delivered in line with advised Government Covid-19 measures in place at the time.

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Mayhem Film Festival set  to return to Broadway, Nottingham on 14-17 October 2021

Mayhem Film Festival set to return to Broadway, Nottingham on 14-17 October 2021

Posted: Fri, 14 May 2021 18:43

Mayhem Film Festival will return this autumn to showcase the best in international horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, with the festival's 17th edition planned to run for four days from 14-17 October.

After last year hosting a slimmed-down 'Skeleton Edition' of the festival due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, organisers are hoping to move back towards the full flesh of the festival's traditional form for this year's edition, though the precise structure of the festival will remain responsive to events and any restrictions which may be in place in the autumn.

"We are very much hoping to return to a full festival at our home venue of Broadway in Nottingham, because nothing beats the full experience, but we are aware things are still evolving. Our main priority is for everyone, audiences and staff, to enjoy films in a safe environment so we're encouraging you to save the dates, but don't make plans to travel just yet. We'll continue to work with our friends at Broadway and follow government guidance in the next few months and hope to announce our exact plans in the early summer", says the team.

On the festival's return, Broadway's Marketing Director Stewart Terry says: "We're so excited to host Mayhem once again and we hope to do so in all its gory glory. The festival always brings people together at Broadway and we can't wait for them to not only enjoy some of the most exciting films from across the world, but also experience our refurbed venue."

In addition to announcing their 2021 dates, Mayhem Film Festival is also excited to open their call for short films for this year's edition. Over the years, Mayhem grew from a single short film programme to a four-day event, but its shorts programme remains at the heart of every edition. Mayhem Film Festival are looking for horror, sci-fi and cult short films, produced after 1 January 2020 and that are under 22-minute long. More information on how to submit films is available at

In previous years, Mayhem has welcomed many filmmakers from around the world such as Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Rogue One: A Star WarsStory) for Monsters,Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock) for a special masterclass, Ben Wheatley for a preview screening of Sightseers, Nicolas Roeg for a special screening of Don't Look Now at St Mary's Church in Nottingham, and cult Canadian collective, Astron-6 for The Editor and The Void. Mayhem Film Festival has also hosted special events such as screenings with specially-commissioned live scores from 8MM Orchestra, two exclusive live stage reading of unmade Hammer Films screenplays, The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula in 2015 and Zeppelin V. Pterodactyls in 2017, and a live performance of Tales of HP Lovecraft by The Duke St Workshop featuring British actor Laurence R. Harvey.

Planning is currently underway for Mayhem Film Festival's 17th edition with more information and announcements coming soon.

Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 14 – 17 October 2021. For more information, please visit

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Mayhem Film Festival announces BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL, PSYCHO GOREMAN, THE  OAK ROOM and the ever popular SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

Mayhem Film Festival announces BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL, PSYCHO GOREMAN, THE OAK ROOM and the ever popular SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

Posted: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:21

Following on from July's launch of Mayhem Film Festival: Skeleton Edition, we're proud to announce the titles screening physically for this year's 16th edition of Broadway's festival of horror.

First up is our opening film, Irish horror-comedy Boys from County Hell, which sees the residents of a sleepy Irish village (whose claim to fame is the dubious legend that Bram Stoker once spent a night in the local pub where he was inspired to write 'Dracula') in a fight for survival as they discover there may be more to the myth of a local bloodsucking creature than they thought. From the producers of last
year's Mayhem Film Festival favourite Extra Ordinary, Boys from County Hell promises to be another raucous Mayhem crowd-pleaser.

We also can't wait to bring you Psycho Goreman, from the director of Mayhem favourites Manborg, Bio-Cop and The Void, Steve Kostanski (formerly of Astron-6). When siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord using a magical amulet, they force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia. Called "the craziest, bloodiest horror-movie of 2020" by Bloody Disgusting, we can't wait to screen this journey into madness.

Rounding off this year's programme is the return of our ever-popular Short Film Showcase (titles to be announced soon) and our closing film, The Oak Room, a violent Canadian story of mistaken identity and double crosses starring Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte. During a raging snowstorm, a drifter returns home to the blue-collar bar located in the remote Canadian town where he was born. When he offers to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender (Peter Outerbridge - Nikita, Orphan Black) by telling him a story, the night's events quickly spins out of control.

Tickets for our Skeleton Edition are on sale from Friday 18 September.


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Introducing Skeleton Mayhem

Introducing Skeleton Mayhem

Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 14:13

Over the past few months, we've taken the time to evaluate our options with regards to running the festival this October. Having spoken to our colleagues at Broadway Cinema, we are delighted to announce that Mayhem Film Festival will return with a physical edition this autumn, on our original dates of 15-18 October 2020. However, this year's Mayhem will not look like previous editions.
As the situation continues to evolve rapidly, and as restrictions are still in place across the board, we have decided to host a scaled-down edition of the festival. Skeleton Mayhem will take place over four days but will be a much smaller edition than what we would normally present. However, it will keep the essence of what Mayhem is about.

We are currently working with Broadway to present this year's edition to you in a way that will still allow you to enjoy the festival experience, that will allow filmmakers to have their films screened in the best environment possible and, more importantly, in the safest way possible for our audience and our staff. Broadway itself will reopen in September, and you can find out more about their current plans HERE.

Our team recently attended Cannes' Virtual Market to start programming this year's festival and we hope to be able to announce our first titles soon. Additionally, we have extended our deadline to 31 July for our short film submissions so, if you or someone you know would like to submit a film, please visit

We will keep you updated on our progress in the next few weeks as the situation continues to evolve and as we continue to consult with our friends at Broadway Cinema. Those of you who are Mayhem regulars will know our Early Bird passes are usually available around this time of year however, as Skeleton Mayhem will be a condensed edition, and as screen capacity may still be limited, there will be no passes available for this year's festival and each screening will require an individual cinema ticket.

We thank you for your patience and support over the past few months and we look forward to seeing you again this autumn. In the meantime, please be safe and feel free to reach out to us through our social media channels.

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