Countdown to The Lamplighters: 5 days

Today’s Lamplighters countdown post is all about ‘Simone’, a short horror film with… bite.

I wrote the screenplay, originally entitled ‘Hair of the Dog’, a few years back with a view to shooting it in London someday. Those plans never came to fruition (for further details on that, check out the print edition of ‘Urbane and Other Horror Tales).

The project was given a new lease of life when indie filmmakers 386 Films of Florida USA optioned the screenplay. Within just a few months, uber-prolific director Joops Fragale and producer Michael Long had adapted the screenplay, cast the film, assembled a killer crew – and shooting was underway.

Since its completion, the film has been very well received at film festivals, winning awards including Best Short (Audience Award) at Shockerfest, CA USA along the way, not to mention a raft of positive reviews. The finished film is almost double the length of my original screenplay, which focused mainly on the black comedy aspect of waking up with a hangover and not remembering what happened the night before. Joops and his team added a dark, melancholy love story to the mix and the end result is in my view a very unique and atmospheric movie.

Simone screens in London tonight at Crystal Palace Pictures‘ Halloween Special, opening for one of my very favourite movies of recent years, The Orphanage. If South London is a little far away from you, be sure to check out the 386 Films website for photos, reviews, an EPK, and those all-important DVDetails!

‘Til next slime, take scare.

Slew of Simone awards/interviews/reviews!

Congrats to the Simone cast & crew!

Short shocker SIMONE scooped a couple of awards this Hallowe’en season.

The Shockerfest 2010 audience bestowed the film with the honour of ‘Audience Choice: Best Short’, so huge congrats to the cast and crew who worked their asses off on this movie production.

If that wasn’t enough cause for celebration, Reel Terror Festival 2010 named Simone as the rcipient of their special ‘Best Girl on Girl-who-turns-into-a-monster Action’ Award. Way to go ladies, well done! You can watch the awards ceremony here.

A couple more Simone interviews/reviews have surfaced on the Interweb too – hit up the 386 Films website for links.

Elsewhere, Anne Billson gave ON EDGE a mention in her cool article about movie dentists on The Guardian website. The tooth is out there…