Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

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Month: December 2019

THE BLACK GLOVES

Finn Galloway is a psychologist that has become obsessed with one of his patients, a young woman who had been terrified of a sinister owl-headed entity called the Owlman. His investigations bear little fruit until he learns of a former ballerina named Elisa Grey, who has sequestered herself at the Baldurrock Estate with only her guardian Lorena Velasco for company. Finn discovers that Elisa suffers from identical fears, which prompts him to begin treating her in hopes of uncovering the truth – only to find that this will likely bring him face to face with the terrifying Owlman.

Directed by Lawrie Brewster (Automata), this follow-up to his hit debut Lord of Tears will be screened in colour for the first time. Lawrie and writer Sarah Daly will be attending.

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Poster art by Graham Humphreys

Guest: Graham Humphreys

Graham Humphreys is a London-based (West Country born) illustrator and designer specialising in the horror genre. Since leaving college in 1980, Graham has been freelance. His career found its footing with the UK poster for The Evil Dead, followed a couple of years later with the UK poster for A Nightmare on Elm Street. During the 1980s, he worked on many video covers (including The Return of the Living Dead, Creepers, and The Kindred) for companies such as Palace Pictures. In the 1990s, as illustration fell out of favour, Graham’s work with Tartan Films and Tartan Video bridged the gap until Arrow Video and Death Waltz records pioneered a new era of illustrated covers, bringing wider exposure and a renewed interest in original art. Current commissions include LP box sets, Blu-ray covers, private commissions, and special event posters. In November 2019, a book of artwork Hung, Drawn, Executed was published by Korero Press (koreropress.com). Graham has always regarded his work as a marriage of Punk Rock and Hammer Horror, no greater demonstration of this than his poster for The Damned’s 2019, London Palladium event A Night of a Thousand Vampires.

We're delighted that Graham will be joining us for the festival and will be taking part in a Q&A about his work and process.

For more information, head to Graham's website: https://grahamhumphreys.com/

A LITTLE MORE FLESH (World Premiere)

Stanley Durall, the notorious director of a series of intense erotic dramas, is returning to his debut movie, God’s Lonely Woman, to provide an audio commentary for the film’s first Blu-ray release since it was banned in the 1970s. It’s clear from his commentary that Stanley committed a series of transgressions against his lead actresses during production, transgressions which had serious consequences for everyone involved – everyone except him. But will he finally be punished for his past behaviour?

The second film by Sam Ashurst (Frankenstein’s Creature), A Little More Flesh is a bold and incendiary exploration of misogyny and the male gaze.

Starring: Elf Lyons (Edinburgh Comedy Award finalist), Hazel Townsend (Philippe Gaulier graduate), Dane Baptiste (Sunny D, Live At The Apollo), Gabriel Thomson (My Family), Rob Kemp (The Elvis Dead), and James Swanton (Frankenstein’s Creature).

We’re delighted to host the World Premiere of Sam Ashurst’s sophomore film. Both Sam and co-writer/star Elf Lyons will be in attendance.

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