Not so long ago, in a little cottage in the Cotswolds, I worked with some amazing people on my latest short film, The Stay. Our mission statement was to keep it simple, to keep it ‘do-able’. And so, our tale was about a character, a location, and a spooky “what if?” scenario.
With the support of our producers and crowdfunders (and many other supporters who gave of their time, skills and enthusiasm to help bring the project to the screen) The Stay had its World Premiere at the 25th Anniversary World Horror Con, in Atlanta USA. And the movie has been playing at film festivals ever since, picking up the Best Atmosphere Award at last year’s Independent Horror Movie Awards, along with nominations for Best Music and Best Original Concept.
Now (drum roll please…) I’m delighted to announce that The Stay has won another award!
My thanks to Festival Director Dionne Jackson and all at the Things2Fear Film Fest for including The Stay in Official Selection, and for awarding the film the brilliant accolade of ‘Best Story’. And I’d like to congratulate all the selected filmmakers, awards nominees and winners on their work – you can see the full list of 2016 award winners, and learn more about the festival here.
I’d like to wish all my f( r )iends and followers a very Happy New Fear 2016 with some discounted January chills.
Winner, Best Atmosphere – Independent Horror Movie Awards
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Winner, Best Horror Short – Dragon*con
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Award winning supernatural suspense chiller The Stay hits Video On Demand and DVD.
The VOD version (not available in all countries) includes the short film only – rent or buy now!
The DVD (ships worldwide) includes 1 hour of special features: Filmmaker Q&A, Cast & Crew Video Podcast, Behind the Scenes & VFX Archive – buy it now!
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About The Stay
A young woman checks into a secluded cottage and discovers that some vacations stay with you…forever.
The Stay is a supernatural suspense chiller from Bram Stoker Award finalist Frazer Lee (Panic Button, On Edge, Red Lines, Simone), starring Daniela Finley with cinematography by BAFTA Award Nominee Alan Stewart (Sherlock Holmes, Into The Woods, SPECTRE, King Arthur).
Winner Best Atmosphere, Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015
Nominated Best Original Concept, Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015
Nominated Best Music, Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015
Happy Friday 13th!
The clock is about to strike 13:00 hrs here in the UK, so…
Head on over to my Facebook Page for a private screening of my new short film The Stay.
Your link and password will be active for the next 24 hours.
Thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoy your stay.
And if you do, why not post a quick rating / review at the Internet Movie Database?
It only takes a minute, and you can sign in using your Facebook, Google or Amazon account.
Now for some really good news.
Excited to announce that my new short film The Stay won the Best Atmosphere Award at the Independent Horror Movie Awards 2015.
The Stay was also nominated in the Best Original Concept and Best Music categories.
All of which are great honours – I’d like to thank the judges and organisers for recognising and celebrating The Stay in this way.
The Stay cast and crew screening. L-R: Exec Producer Sarah Stokes, Writer/Director Frazer Lee, Actress Daniela Finley, Composer Lester Barnes, Exec Producer Phil Stokes.
We held an intimate cast and crew screening this week (in atmospheric fog-bound London) and I’d like to thank all our supporters for making it a great evening. We raised a glass of Gangly Ghoul Ale afterwards in celebration.
And I’d love for you to share in the celebration with me.
Look out for a special online screening of The Stay on Friday 13th November.
You’re all invited.
But please note the screening will only happen at my Facebook Page, so go ahead and bookmark the page right now!
See you there on Friday 13th – i hope you’ll enjoy your stay…
I really fell in love with the ghost stories of M. R. James while lurking in a sentry box, dressed as a Victorian serial killer (they wore top hats apparently), ready to jump out on unsuspecting tourists with an exclamation of “tickets please!”
Let me explain.
I worked weekends at The London Dungeon to help pay my way through college in the early 90s. To pass the time during each shift i sometimes listened to audiobooks, sneakily hiding my headphones beneath my costume. These were the days of books-on-tape, or cassettes (which, to explain to younger readers, were like mp3 files stretched across two reels of dental tape and listened to via an iPod device the size of a house brick). One of the audiobooks was a collection of M. R. James tales read by Michael Hordern. I had read a couple of James’ classics and knew i was in for a flesh-creeping time – and then i heard “The Ash Tree”. By the gods my heart nearly stopped in my chest at that one and for once it was me who got a fright when the tourists came asking for directions.
I then discovered the telly adaptations of some of James’ tales, presented by the BBC each Christmas. The tradition continued into the new millenium with a series of Christopher Lee-narrated adaptations, which i enjoyed during Christmas hols in the wilds of Ireland. And of course just last month, Mark Gatiss made his directorial debut with his fun, Hammer-esque M. R. James adaptation “The Tractate Middoth”.
But the one that got to me the most was “Whistle…” And to my delight, Father Christmas (or perhaps his pal Krampus) left a copy of the BFI’s double bill dvd “Whistle and I’ll Come to You” under the tree for me this year. The disc includes both the 1968 and 2010 versions, plus extras featuring contemporary master of the macabre, Ramsey Campbell. I’ve seen both versions before of course – and both are beloved to me in different ways. I think one exploits shaky denial in the face of fear and the other channels total, harrowing despair. If you haven’t seen them, do seek them out. But (ahem) a warning to the curious… both are utterly disturbing in the true spirit of James’ original short story “Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad” (also included in audio form as a nice bonus on the dvd – now all i need is a draughty sentry box. The garden shed will have to do).
Here’s to the traditional festive ghost story – long may they continue to scratch at our windowpanes, rattle our doors.
And tangle with our bedsheets.