FANTASYCON FILM PROGRAMME
Programmed by Martin Roberts
Friday, September 28th
(8:00pm – Midnight)
Interview + Q&A with Special Media Guest Robin Hardy & Stephen Volk
The Wicker Tree (97 mins)
Written & Directed by Robin Hardy
Starring: Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett & Graham McTavish
A pair of evangelical American Christians discover that pagan beliefs survive in a remote Scottish border village in Robin Hardy’s ambitious companion piece to his cult classic The Wicker Man (1973). With a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him cameo by Christopher Lee.
(10:00 - 11:00pm approximately)
Trailer for The Hallowe’en Sessions (1.5 mins)
A group of mental patients gather for a therapy session to each recount the terrifying events that caused them to lose their minds. But is their mysterious therapist all she appears to be, and will her course of treatment prove to be kill or cure? Cigarette Burns and writers Kim Newman, Stephen Volk, Maura McHugh, Anne Billson, Paul McAuley and director Sean Hogan join forces to bring you a nightmarish evening filled with primal screams. A special preview of the show will be performed at FantasyCon as part of Saturday evening’s entertainment. Sean Hogan’s stage play runs from October 29th – November 3rd at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. To book tickets, go to: http://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873483877/events
Sleepworking (15 mins) + Q&A with Gavin Williams
Written & Directed by Gavin Williams
Starring: Catherine MacCabe & Stephen Gregory
In the near future a young woman becomes a sleepworker – her body is programmed to do menial labour while she is asleep . . .
(11:00pm - midnight, approximately)
Impossible Dreams (21 mins)
Directed by Shir Comay
Written by Shir Comay, based on the short story by Tim Pratt
Starring: Ori Yaniv, Ayala Zilberman & Dina Yakerson
Film buff Daniel’s life turns cinematic when he discovers an otherworldly video store offering the best movies never made and meets the girl behind the counter.
Up Under the Roof (21 mins)
Directed by Darin Read
Written by Darin Read & Danielle Stallings, based on a story by Manly Wade Wellman
Starring: Geoff Elliot, Vince Froio & Jill Hill
During the dustbowl era on a dilapidated farm, a lonely ten-year-old boy begins hearing strange noises above his bedroom ceiling at night . . .
Saturday, September 29th
(9:00pm – Midnight)
Zombie Apocalypse! Down Among the Dead Men (4 mins) + Introduction by Stephen Jones and Les Edwards
Directed by Sean Hayden
Written and Narrated by Neil Gaiman. Artwork by Les Edwards
A short animated film based on the graphic strip in Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback created by Stephen Jones and launched earlier today at FantasyCon.
Christmas with the Dead (87 mins) + Introduction by Guest of Honour Joe R. Lansdale
Directed by T.L. Lankford
Written by Keith Lansdale, based on a story by Joe R. Lansdale
Starring: Brad Maule, Katy Peppard & Kristen Hall
The Christmas spirit never dies. Even after people started becoming zombies, Calvin is haunted by the memories of Christmases past.
Wind Chimes (20 mins) + Introduction by Paul Kane
Directed by Brad Watson
Written by Paul Kane
Starring: Joanna Ignaczewska & Robert Carretta
Jon is finding it hard to move on after the death of his child, visiting his son’s final resting place in a children’s graveyard every day. But when he meets another lonely soul, Anya, who’s there for the same reason, it seems their loss might just have brought them together. A subtle, intriguing and poignant ghost story, based on the short tale of the same name by Paul Kane, published in last year’s The Butterfly Man and Other Stories.
(11:45 pm – 12:30 am approximately)
3am (10 mins)
Written, Directed & Edited by Lee Matthews
Produced by Rachael Groom
Starring: Charlotte Armstrong
A woman is terrorised by a disturbing nightly telephone call.
Thirsty (15 mins)
Directed by Andrew Kasch
Written by David Rosiak, based on a story by Joe Knetter
Starring: Joe Lynch, Michael Bailey Smith & Tiffany Shepis
A man’s thirst for a frozen beverage leads to chaos on a lonely desert highway.
Stay at Home Dad (15 mins)
Directed by Andrew Kasch & John Skipp
Written by Cody Goodfellow
Starring: Matthew Currie Holmes, Alisha Seaton & Trent Haaga
An epic black Mythos comedy crammed into fifteen lactation-inducing minutes . . .