Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

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Press Release

Short Film: KINDRED

Two brothers go deep into the woods to investigate strange singing in the middle of the night. Even more disturbing, the voice is a child. The truth they find will change their lives forever.

Director: Andrew Lee Potts / Screenplay: Tamara Al-Bassam, Andrew Lee Potts / Starring: Joseph Millson, Andrew Lee Potts

Andrew Lee Potts will be in attendance and will be introducing the film.


We’re delighted to have star Laurence R. Harvey join us for a once-in-a-lifetime live commentary for this controversial and undeniably shocking film. We’re sure Laurence’s insights and humour will make this a must-see event. Not for those easily offended, naturally! We also plan to show the rarely-seen colour version for added viseral effect!

Director & Screenplay: Tom Six / Starring: Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, Maddi Black.

Guest: Dez Skinn


A genuine titan of publishing, Dez Skinn is the reason we’re here. In 1977, he created STARBURST and went on to be head of Marvel UK, launching Doctor Who Weekly (now Monthly) – the longest-running TV tie-in magazine.

Whether it’s House of Hammer, MAD UK, Warrior, or Comics International, there’s a good chance if you’re of a certain age, you’ll have read Dez’s work. The multi-award-winning Warrior also introduced the ever-popular V for Vendetta.

Dez is an ever-entertaining raconteur who we’re always pleased to welcome home.


Based on a novella by Thomas de Quincey (Confessions of an Opium Eater) and fueled by visions of ’60s gialli, Those Who Deserve To Die is a thriller that subverts the formula of the revenge film, following its “hero” as he enacts a series of brutal crimes in the name of justice—without sharing with the viewer why these heinous acts are being committed. Goaded by the cold-hearted spirit of his dead ten-year-old sister Berenice, Jonathan wades into ever-deepening, ethically muddier water—not just punishing the guilty but extinguishing their bloodlines.

Director & Screenplay: Bret Wood / Starring: Joe Sykes, Alice Lewis, Lynn Lowry, Rachel Frawley


In 1960s England, Blake Cunningham and his alcoholic mother are forced to move into the mysterious Clemonte Hall, a vast isolated manor house, to care for his dying Grandfather who resides in the attic room. Soon, ghostly goings-on fill the house with dread, as it becomes apparent Grandfather’s illness may have a supernatural cause that can only be cured by uncovering the terrifying secrets of the house and its dark history.

Director & Screenplay: Charlie Steeds / Starring: David Lenik, Tessa Wood, Jéssica Alonso, Barrington De La Roche, Emma Spurgin Hussey


Halloween 1986: In the small English seaside town of Mellow Coast Emily (Hannah Paterson) is trying to discover the truth behind her father’s disappearance 10 years earlier, but as she searches for answers, and she gets closer to the truth, her friends start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown killer. Horror/Comedy that emulates the ’80s VHS style.

Featuring Dani Thompson, Martin W Payne and Michael Fausti, with a cameo from Troma Entertainment legend Lloyd Kaufman.

When bloody murder comes to Mellow Coast this Halloween, I’ll scream, you’ll scream, we’ll all SCREAM ON THE BEACH!

Director & Screenplay: Alex Churchyard, Michael Holiday / Starring: Dani Thompson, Reis Daniel, Martin W. Payne, Lloyd Kaufman, Leigh Trifari



“Sometimes, you have to turn to crime. Sometimes, it turns on you…

Darren, Lou, Jo and Mas live a meagre existence on the fringes of poverty. Indebted to the criminal kingpin of their social housing development, they routinely fear for their lives.

On the other side of town, the already wealthy Marcus and his disabled brother Clive receive a windfall in the form of a winning lottery ticket.

When their worlds collide following a botched robbery, the would-be criminals get more than they bargained for, and will be tested to their limits in a desperate attempt to survive a predator of monstrous proportions.”

“Nefarious” is the second feature film from writer/director Richard Rowntree and production company Ash Mountain Films Ltd. A home invasion horror/thriller with a twist, drawing on the socio-economic divide which permeates modern society and tapping into our distrust of the “other”.

Director: Richard Rowntree / Screenplay: Richard Rowntree, Matthew Davies / Starring: Buck Braithwaite, Toby Wynn-Davies, Nadia Lamin, Abbey Gillett, Gregory A Smith, Omari Lake-Pottinger, Tony Sands, Emma Feeney


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