This is the eighth in a series of features looking at the films screening at Fantastic Cinema.
FRIDAY, MARCH 13 - 6:30 PM + SKYPE Q&A with filmmakers
SATURDAY, MARCH 14 - 5:45 PM + SKYPE Q&A with filmmakers
ABOUT THE FILM
The lives of a group of teenagers are turned upside down when their town is taken over by sinister forces.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
19 year old director Drew Casson has been making YouTube videos since he was twelve. After painting his mother’s shed green for a green screen and borrowing his Dad’s handy cam, Drew set about making Hollywood special effects epics from his house in a small English town.
One of his early films, a Harry Potter tribute, attracted the attention of the powers-that-be who were convinced that this was member of their crew moonlighting. Luckily Drew had the letter from his headmaster giving his permission to use the school hall and they called the dogs off.
Drew was recently offered a place at film school but chose instead to continue making his films – working with a tightly knit group of friends and acting as creator, director, actor, editor and special effects supervisor.
Wildseed Studios has teamed up with Drew to produce his next project – a special effects heavy sci-f about a small English town being taken over by aliens. This micro-budget production was shot over 9 days in July in the south west of England with an unknown, largely amateur cast but with Drew’s usual layer of horror, stunning special effcts and action. Entitled Hungerford, it’s also a coming of age story, shot vlog style, where a group of kids need to decide if they are going to waste away in a dead-end town or break out and be who they really can be – neo-realist genre cinema anyone?
- Sci Fi London
- Berlin Independent Film Festival
"Hungerford is wildly ambitious and despite its tight budget, Casson was able to make it feel like a large-scale end of the world, alien invasion film... Hungerford makes for a refreshing and charming take on the [found footage] genre." ~ Bloody-Disgusting
"A remarkably assured debut from a 19-year-old director, Hungerford flies the flag for no-budget moviemaking." ~ ScreenRobot